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Music tuition and workshops

13 July 2015

Our workshops offer a chance for students of all ages and abilities on almost all instruments. These are perfect if you want to try something new, have never played in a group before, or don’t have time to commit to one of the regular groups.

 

Workshops include:
 
  • Instrument workshops
  • Singing workshops  (Essex Youth Choirs)
  • Rock School
  • Jazz workshops
 

 

With high-quality tuition from some of the best musicians and conductors, young musicians who live or are educated in Essex have the chance to play a professional repertoire and experience the hard work and enjoyment that goes into producing a performance.

 

For more information about any of the workshops, please email music@essex.gov.uk
 

Instrument workshops

These workshops offer opportunities for young musicians of all ages, from beginner to intermediate / advanced standard.
 
Regular workshops take place in strings, woodwind, brass, guitar, and percussion.
 
Strings
String workshop days offer students of grade 1 standard and above a chance to join and perform with the Essex Youth String Orchestras. Players who have not yet achieved grade 1 standard can play with the Essex Fun Strings, which offers a chance to play together with others in a fun, friendly environment.

Woodwind
Wind workshop days offer students of grade 1-3 standard a chance to join a group of people playing the same or similar instruments to play together. Those of grade 4-6 standard get the chance play with a full wind orchestra. Players who have not yet achieved grade 1 standard can play with the Essex Fun Winds, which offers a chance to play together with others in a fun, friendly environment.
 
Brass
Brass workshop days offer students of grade 1 standard and up a chance to join the Essex Youth Brass Ensemble  for a day. Those of grade 4-6 standard get the chance play with a full wind orchestra. Players who have not yet achieved grade 1 standard can play with the Essex Fun Winds, which offers a chance to play together with others in a fun, friendly environment.
 
Guitar 
Guitar Workshops offer players of guitar and bass guitar to experience a range of styles guided by expert tutors. For those who have not yet achieved grade 1 standard, Essex Fun Guitars offers a chance to play together with others in a fun, friendly environment.
 
Percussion 
Percussion workshop days offer students of all ages and abilities, whether or not they’ve played percussion before to join the Essex Youth Percussion School  (EYPS). Students will receive workshops in Samba and African drumming, and will get the chance to see EYPS  perform a piece on orchestral percussion.
 
Jazz Workshops 
Jazz workshops offer opportunities for young musicians of all ages and of approximately grade 2 standard and above to play some real jazz. They also offer the opportunity to find out what it’d be like to join one of the Essex Youth Jazz Orchestras.

 

We also run workshops with our Jazz Choir, the Essex Youth Jazz Voices . The choir is for young people aged 12-19, there is no need to be an experienced singer, or to be able to read music.

 

 
Rock School
The Rock School is offered in partnership with Colchester Institute . The school offers students of guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboard, and vocals the chance to get together and form a band, under the guidance of some of the finest and most experienced tutors in Essex.

 

The longer summer school offers students a broader experience, usually including some time writing their own songs, recording in the studio, and working with an instrument-specific tutor.