Ensembles

Come & play – Beginner Brass

Playing in a brass ensemble greatly enhances lesson teaching: the rehearsals help to consolidate learning, practise and experiment with sounds as well as learning the discipline and etiquette required of playing in a group of musicians. It also builds confidence and teamwork skills and helps inspire children to work harder. We have found through experience that playing in an ensemble at primary school age significantly increases the student’s long term success.

It is led by two expert teachers who have extensive experience in teaching and playing in highly established ensembles such as Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band, Entrada Ensemble and the Corus Brass Ensemble.

The Junior Brass Band performs once a term in local concert venues, including the prestigious RNCM.

When & where?

Term time, weekly: Thursday evenings 4.30pm – 5.30pm
The Claremont Centre, Claremont Road, Sale, M33 7DZ

Who is it for?

Children who are pre-Grade 1 and can read most at least five notes in the clef that they play in. Their skill level will rise quickly in the group so early involvement (even after a few lessons) are encouraged.

What will I need to bring?

Children will need to bring:

  • Their instrument.
  • A pencil.
  • Tuck shop money (we suggest no more than 50p to £1)

And to remember to sign-in and out in the Attendance Sheets at our Reception Desk.

What can parents do?

When it is your child’s first visit to The Claremont Centre, please let us know at Reception where we can welcome yourselves and introduce ourselves and how we work.

We do have a parents waiting area called The Annexe which is a separate building across from The Claremont Centre. Please ask one of our staff to show you the code. There is also a toilet facility in The Annexe.

Many parents take the opportunity to visit our local shops and supermarkets in Sale Town Centre, particularly as many parents like the convenience of parking in Sainsbury’s (£1).

Please be aware that we do NOT allow parents to sit in our Reception area, as we need to safeguard the children who are waiting there for their own lessons and ensembles.

The main thing parents can do is keep encouraging your child to attend and lots of praise when they practise at home. Playing a musical instrument is complex and your child is doing something amazing, so please keep praising them and encouraging them to continue.

Top tips for getting the best out of the group

Positive attitudes: the teachers expect children to behave and try their best at the music. Copies of the music are available to take home, practise and show to their teacher. Children are also encouraged to ask questions if they don’t understand anything and to have fun rehearsing and performing.

Further opportunities after Junior Brass Band

We have musical opportunities for children up to the age of 18 years old. We have five opportunities to progress through after Junior Brass Band: Intermediate Wind Band, Jazz Collective, Sinfonia Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra.

How do I register my child?

Register your child via our SpeedAdmin service here www.traffordmusicservice.co.uk

The cost is £42* per term and this is paid via our SpeedAdmin service. Children Joining Between 1 May 2019 and June 2019 will not be charged – membership will be free until September 2019.
*Price correct as of 15/3/19

Further Questions?

Please see our website www.traffordmusicservice.co.uk
Email: music.service@trafford.gov.uk
Phone: 0161 911 8659
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