St. George's Kings Music Academy

 

Music Academy

 

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We are delighted to announce that our award-winning Music Academy has received funding to continue into a third year for the academic year 2019/20. This is wonderful news and we would like to thank our past staff, students, parents and supporting academics for their wonderful support.  The children are very excited to continue their musical journey so we will restart on Thursday 31st October 2019 straight after the half term. We look forward to seeing you then!

Our Music Academy – what is it?

The St. George’s King’s Music Academy provides local Key Stage 2 children (7-11 years age bracket) with a unique form of ‘whole’ musical education by teaching several disciplines:  singing and vocal coaching, keyboard lessons, recorder lessons and small group percussion and theory classes. The Academy provides a fun and broad curriculum and provides opportunities for students to make music together and to proceed at their own pace individually, in the case of keyboards, and to develop wider musical skills by playing theory games and group percussion work.

Where and when do we meet?

We meet in the Crypt space under St. George’s on Thursdays for an hour during the school-term. Please see the table below for dates. Each child takes part in three of the above each week in groups of no more than 10 students.

We visit Kings College on the Strand twice a year to perform, and we also perform at St. George’s and have two luxurious parties each year!

Winter Term 2019

Thursdays

Spring Term 2020

Thursdays

Summer Term 2020

Thursdays

 

16th January

23rd April

17th October – Staff Only

23rd January

30th April

Half Term

30th January

7th May

31st October

6th February

14th May

7th November

13th February

21st May

14th November

Half Term

Half Term

21st November

27th February

4th June

28th November

5th March

11th June

5th December

12th March

18th June

12th December

19th March

 

 

26th March

 

 

2nd April

 

7 weeks

11 weeks

8 weeks

 

There is no Music Academy in July 2020.

The Team

The Academy is led by our experienced Director of Music, Jonathan Pix, and run in conjunction with six expert students from Kings College Music Dept. who have an interest in Music Education. King’s College students have the opportunity to develop teaching relationships with young students at an early stage in Southwark and children at the Academy visit King’s College to experience life at a nearby higher education institution. All our staff are fully DRB cleared and we have implemented and follow the Southwark Diocese guidance for Child Protection and Safeguarding.

We aim to encourage students to study theory at a higher level at secondary school so that they will be able to more confidently undertake courses that will enable them to consider continuing their musical learning at an academic degree level.

Our Award

We were delighted to receive an award at the Kings Widening Participation Ceremony last year. We were awarded the prestigious 2018 King’s Award for Most Significant Commitment to Widening Participation and Social Mobility. Our award was collected by Dr. Katherine Schofield.

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Our Supporters

The Academy is funded by a King’s College Widening Participation Grant which provides collaborative training opportunities for students on the music undergraduate course. We are also very grateful to the St.Olave’s Foundation for providing funding for musical instruments and music books.

In particular we would like to thank Dr. Esther Cavett, Dr. Flora Wilson and Dr. Katherine Schofield and the Revd. Andrew Nunn

Our Trip to Kings College

We visited Kings College on the Strand and sang with the sublime Chapel Choir and played some tunes on the recorder accompanied by the newly restored organ. Thank you to Kings College for your warm welcome to such a beautiful place, and thank you to all the parents who joined us for Choral Evensong.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Payments

Click here to pay for your Music Academy books and recorders

Files

Application Form New Students 2019/2020

Application Form Continuing Students 2019/2020

Kings College Widening Participation Evaluation Explanation Letter

Kings College Parental Agreement form for Evaluation - to be signed by the parent/carer

 

Visit by Michael Bochmann and Esther Cavett

On 1st November students at St. George's Kings Music Academy took part in a fantastic workshop with violinist Michael Bochmann and pianist Esther Cavett. Students learnt about the history of the violin and how it makes its sound.  We played duets together and every child had a chance to improvise using their recorder with Michael in an extended group piece. We finished the session by listening to an amazing performance of The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams, performed by Michael and Esther.

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