Welcome! The Centre for Young Musicians Taunton (CYMT) is a fantastic Saturday music school in the South West offering great opportunities to its students, with top quality music tutors with dedication and drive.
We are pleased to say we are currently teaching all lessons online. No face-to-face lessons are allowed during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Centre is a very friendly and very happy place full of like-minded, budding young musicians. It’s so much more than one individual music lesson and, for parents/carers, it represents excellent value for money.
Since opening in March 2014 CYMT has gone from strength to strength with lots of young people learning a great deal and having loads of musical fun on Saturdays in term-time, as well as performing in many concerts.
Do come and visit CYMT any Saturday the Centre is open. Booking is essential so children can take part in workshops, and it’s a great chance to see this excellent music school in action. Please book by email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07754 217993.
Please click here for the CYMT term dates for 2018-19.
Please click here for the CYMT term dates for 2019-20.
“It’s the highlight of my week!” flute player, Year 10
“It helps me play my violin and learn music and it’s fun.” violinist, Year 3
“I am inspired… I have so much fun.” cellist, Year 8
“Thank you… it’s fantastic!” parent of a guitarist, Year 10
Above: Recorder group at Hestercombe House, March 2017.
HOW THE TIMETABLE WORKS
All children aged 5 to 18 learning to sing or play an instrument can join CYMT and continue individual lessons with their current teacher. Students can be complete beginners and the staff at the Centre will aim to develop their musical skills and help them decide which instrument may be right for them to learn. Students may join at any point in the academic year and no audition is required.
All students are given a tailor-made timetable before their start date. Their personalised timetable may be adjustable at any point in the academic year in order to suit the needs of the student. Each student’s timetable aims to provide a good progression route within the morning’s activities from 9am-1.45pm. The students enjoy breaktimes together and make new friends through music at CYMT.
The timetable currently includes:
- aural training
- brass groups
- creative music technology / music production (for students aged 11+)
- general musicianship workshops
- guitar groups
- history of music workshops
- individual lessons (as required)
- ocarina groups
- percussion group
- pop groups
- piano workshops (for duets and trios)
- recorder groups
- singing ensembles
- string groups
- theory of music classes
- ukulele groups
- woodwind groups
Individual tuition is available to students aged 5 – 18 on the following instruments: guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, singing/voice, piano, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, recorder, violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, cornet, trumpet, French horn, trombone, orchestral percussion and drum kit.
Individual tuition is available to students aged 11 – 18 in creative music production (music technology).
The Centre is open for 30 Saturdays per year, in line with school term dates. On the Saturday before the first day of teaching at the start of the academic year there is an Activities Day where students meet each other and their teachers and get to know their surroundings.
The timetable for each student is structured according to the number of workshops or individual lessons they wish to do:
Students aged 5 to 7 have access to the Prelude programmes offering an excellent selection of workshops designed for the youngest, beginner musicians on the start of their musical journey.
Students aged 7 to 18 have access to the Core curriculum and Full curriculum.
Students aged 7 to 18 have access to the Ensembles only programme.
Students aged 5 to 18 have access to the Individual tuition only programme.
Students aged 11 to 18 have access to the Creative Music Production only programme.
Find full details about the content and cost of each programme in the Pricing page.
An example of a typical timetable on our “Prelude+ programme” for a young musician aged 6 who’s a complete beginner, and who maybe hasn’t decided which instrument they want to focus on learning, would be the following:
9.00 Ocarina group
9.30 Ukulele group
10.00 History of music
10.45 General musicianship
11.15 Singing ensemble [ group vocal training, but not called choir! ]
11.45 Finish [ some students stay for lunch before going home; a cafe is available where student may buy sandwiches, snacks and drinks, or students may bring a packed lunch ]
An example of a typical timetable on our “Core curriculum” for a young musician aged 10 who’s already learning an instrument (without an individual lesson at CYMT) for a violin student would be the following:
9.45 Strings group
10.45 History of music
11.15 Singing workshop [ group vocal training, but not called choir! ]
11.45 Lunch [ a cafe is available where student may buy sandwiches, snacks and drinks, or students may bring a packed lunch ]
12.15 Band/pop group
An example of a typical timetable on our “Full curriculum” for an experienced singer aged 16 with an individual lesson at CYMT would be the following:
9.00 Singing lesson
9.30 Aural training
10.00 Band/pop group
10.45 Singing ensemble [ group vocal training, but not called choir! ]
11.15 History of music
11.45 Theory of music
12.30 Lunch [ a cafe is available where student may buy sandwiches, snacks and drinks, or students may bring a packed lunch ]
1.00 Creative music production
All students benefit from such a wide range of excellent music tuition at CYMT. It’s so much more than one individual music lesson and it represents excellent value for money.
Students may join at any point in the academic year so don’t wait, apply online now.
The fees are outlined on the Pricing page.
Any questions? Do get in touch to arrange a visit and book some free workshops for your visit. Please contact Rachael Parvin (Head of CYMT) 07754 217993 or email: email@example.com.