Courses 2019

  • The Timetable
    Timetable2019

    Choosing your courses

    First and foremost, ensure that none of the sessions of your chosen courses clash. Several courses run over more than one session, and the sessions do not always follow immediately after each other. Check the crosses on the timetable carefully. We realise that some courses will clash, but this is the inevitable consequence of offering such a wide range of subjects. You need to decide whether you want to try something completely new, or whether you wish to stick with the familiar. You also need to think about whether you wish to concentrate on one area, or have as much variety as possible. Whatever you decide, you must commit to the courses as timetabled, as missing classes to attend sessions of other courses can only happen if approved by BOTH tutors concerned.
    Consider your own personal stamina. It could be possible to enrol for courses that fill every session, but you might find yourself exhausted by the middle of the week! There is entertainment of one sort or another every evening, and you could end up having a lot of late nights on top of a heavy schedule during the day. We encourage students to organise their own ad hoc groups, to ensure that they can make the sort of music they want to, even if it isn’t available on the timetable. In the past such groups have included madrigal singing, recorder groups and doo-wap singing. If you think you might be interested in setting up a group of this type, either put a note on the M4P facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/groups/21595629366, or let us have details to put in Summer School News, or put up a notice once you are at the school.

  • S - Symphony Orchestra

    Aims to join together the various instrumental courses. Players of all standards are welcome, and we will try to support and accommodate less experienced players. However, we recommend a minimum playing level of about Grade 4/5. For more accomplished players, and for those already playing in orchestras, it will give an opportunity to build on technique and work with a different conductor for a week. Percussionists If you wish to play percussion in the symphony orchestra please apply for this course.

  • SWO - Symphonic Wind Orchestra

    A large ensemble for wind, brass and percussion, playing an exciting and diverse mixture of original works and arrangements to stimulate and challenge. Players of all standards are welcome, and we will try to support and accommodate less experienced players. However, we recommend a minimum playing level of about Grade 4/5. For more accomplished players, and for those already playing in wind orchestras, it will give an opportunity to build on technique and work with a different conductor for a week. Percussionists If you wish to play percussion in the Symphonic Wind orchestra please apply for this course.

  • C - Choir

    Does exactly what it says on the tin! Suitable for anyone, including those of us who have always secretly wanted to sing in a choir and those of us who haven’t sung since school (regardless of how long ago that was). This is best described as a fantastic bonding experience for all who attend. Fun warm- ups, little bits of useless information about how to make a decent noise and exciting repertoire all make for an uplifting end to each day.

  • BS - Brass + Sax

    This course is open to Brass players and Saxophone players of all abilities and levels of experience. We will rehearse a wide variety of music and musical styles as a large multi-part group ensemble. Time will be spent working on a number of of pieces with the aim of improving each player's music reading, interpretation and technique in a supportive environment where we hope to make noticeable improvements throughout the week. The group will perform some of the music rehearsed in the summer school final concert.

  • JB - Just Brass

    This course is open to Brass players of all abilities. We will have a mix of both large and small ensemble groups and most students will experience both. Repertoire will include quartets, quintets and larger ensemble pieces. The Tutors will work with the groups in order to help them progress and improve throughout the week working on sight reading, stamina development and enhancing ensemble skills. At the end of the week we intend to perform in one of the concerts as a mass ensemble of all the students on the course. There will also be some opportunity for smaller groups to perform if they wish to. Time will be spent helping individuals progress in their weaker areas within a supportive environment.

  • F - Folk

    We will be mining the rich seam of Work songs in both the UK and USA traditions, including shanties. Songs that reflect the times they were written in and songs that crossed borders physically as well as socially. Examples of songs we will study will include: I'm Gonna be an Engineer. Sam's Gone Away, Jack Hammer Blues. Worker's song and many more.

  • U - Ukulele

    This is our fifth year of delivering a progressive ukulele course, aimed at both beginners and intermediate players. We will cover all the initial playing skills and continue to develop them across the week. In addition to song accompaniments and a wide range of playing techniques, we will also cover finger picking, melodic playing and working as part of an instrumental ensemble. This will be an enjoyable course with lots of scope for fun and personal development.

  • Playing in the Band (Ceilidh)

    This will be an opportunity for instrumentalists to play traditional music as part of a band. The music will be suitable for all playing abilities and any singers or non instrumentalists will have the option of playing percussion parts or easy ukulele chords. The theme this year will be Horror ( any character from a film etc). This is not timetabled and there are no rehearsals you will be playing for the ceilidh on the Friday night.

  • J - Jazz

    Come and discover the joys of improvisation and the huge back catalogue of fantastic jazz material with the jazz team! From beginners and improvers to those interested in the further reaches of harmony and creativity, there is something for everyone in the three levels of jazz and the rst steps course, all taught by Julian, Mark, Paul and Richard.

  • WM - World Music

    The Longest Road. Following an informal ‘commission’ from the student body in 2018, Richard will arrange a suite of melodies for 2019 based on Roma/Gypsy heritage. People from India to Ireland identify with this tradition, which includes music from the Middle East, the Maghreb, Spain and the Balkans. This course will be taught by Richard Ormrod and Paul Baxter and there are 30 places available, including 5 percussion places.

  • CVA - Contemporary Voice A

    In this class, the practice of contemporary singing will be delved in to, exploring not only how to use the voice, but how to develop your individuality and sense of style, to convey your ideas e ectively, to be a fully empowered musician in a band, and to create a meaningful and connected performance. To help improve all round skills, we will focus on songs that have been chosen by the tutor as well as an individual song chosen by each student with which they are already familiar. We will examine emotional motivations, phrasing of the melody, rhythmic feel, harmonic awareness, improvisational methods and performance skills through this repertoire. This class will work towards the solo performances of your chosen pieces and time will be spent on the arrangement of each piece in collaboration with the accompanist. We will also focus on learning about vocal technique and warm ups, practise methods and general musicianship skills.
    Class limit 10. There are two sessions CVA and CVB both are the same material. Sign up for either.
    The class will cover the following topics:

    • Physical and vocal warm-up
    • Voice technique
    • Rhythm work
    • Contemporary phrasing and expression
    • Basic improvisation
    • Choosing repertoire and exploring jazz standards
    • Exploring a variety of interpretations and emotional motivations
    • Using a microphone
    • Creating intros, endings, and simple arrangements that are your own
    • Understanding charts
    • Setting song keys and transposing
    • Band communication skills

  • CVB - Contemporary Voice B

    In this class, the practice of contemporary singing will be delved in to, exploring not only how to use the voice, but how to develop your individuality and sense of style, to convey your ideas e ectively, to be a fully empowered musician in a band, and to create a meaningful and connected performance. To help improve all round skills, we will focus on songs that have been chosen by the tutor as well as an individual song chosen by each student with which they are already familiar. We will examine emotional motivations, phrasing of the melody, rhythmic feel, harmonic awareness, improvisational methods and performance skills through this repertoire. This class will work towards the solo performances of your chosen pieces and time will be spent on the arrangement of each piece in collaboration with the accompanist. We will also focus on learning about vocal technique and warm ups, practise methods and general musicianship skills.
    Class limit 10. There are two sessions CVA and CVB both are the same material. Sign up for either.
    The class will cover the following topics:

    • Physical and vocal warm-up
    • Voice technique
    • Rhythm work
    • Contemporary phrasing and expression
    • Basic improvisation
    • Choosing repertoire and exploring jazz standards
    • Exploring a variety of interpretations and emotional motivations
    • Using a microphone
    • Creating intros, endings, and simple arrangements that are your own
    • Understanding charts
    • Setting song keys and transposing
    • Band communication skills

  • A - Big Band

    This course is aimed at the traditional Big Band line-up (normally 5 Saxes, 4-5 Trombones, 4-5 Trumpets, Bass, Guitar, Piano and Percussion) and may also include some guest vocalists. A wide range of pieces in a variety of traditional big band styles will be studied. If certain instruments are oversubscribed (often the case with saxophones in particular), it may be necessary to either direct students to other courses (such as Saxophone Choir), or for students to take turns in playing.
    The course is intended to develop and improve ensemble playing by students in a wide range of different big band styles.

  • JR - Jazz Roots

    "This course focuses on pre-bebop music and will include repertoire drawn from Dixieland, Blues, Gospel and early Swing. We will listen to some seminal performances of the time and see how we can best draw from them. It would suit an early improviser or someone with some classical skills looking to branch into jazz. The ability to read and interpret a simple chord sequence would be helpful to anyone attending, although the principles will be dealt with during the week. There will also be some playing by ear. Above all it will be a lot of fun!"

  • 1ST - 1st Steps in Improvisation

    This course offers an opportunity for students who have little or no experience in improvisation to explore the principles and put them into practice in a relaxed environment. We will look how to decide on a pool of notes that can be applied to a given musical situation primarily using simple modes. This course is designed to be fun and stress free, so we will also look at "Magic scales" that can be used to ensure that the performer is never capable of playing a "wrong" note when improvising.

  • OMG - The Other Music Group

    The Other Music Group (OMG) is a course which will have fun playing new music and make performances using a variety of recently written flexible score pieces. The beauty of this scoring is that all instruments, including voice (mikes will be provided), are very welcome and a key part of their performance is the mixing, matching and balancing of the instruments to hand. We will be painting from a unique sound palette which will depend on the range instruments that enrol on OMG and music technology will also be part of the mix, either as a rehearsal aid or as a straightforward member of the ensemble. Some of the pieces will involve pre-recorded soundscapes, others will incorporate computer generated sounds and some pieces will be entirely acoustic. Skills in reading conventional notation will be useful, but we are also very likely to be dipping into works involving graphic notation and textual instruction. A further exciting aspect of these flexibly scored pieces is, due to their newness and inventiveness, their musical influences stem from all genres to date and so are eclectic in the styles they evoke. An absolute smorgasbord of new musical experience - OMG!

  • G - Composition - Variation

    Single group session and one-to-one tutorials
    Max Class 10 students
    This course is aimed at early stage and developing composing students who will benefit from a quite tightly defined brief. After a group introduction on the first day, the course will be taught through one-to-one tutorials of about 20 minutes each day supplemented with support at other times during play-throughs, try-outs and performance.
    The focus for the course this year is the development of pieces using variation to drive the composing process. As a starting point please bring to the course some examples of single line melodies or melodic fragments of your own. Include as much performance detail as you can muster in the form of dynamic profile, articulation, marks of expression and so on and who knows where it will take your composing through the week!
    The M4P Summer School timetable presents a wide array of exciting and enticing courses. If you are considering enrolling on this course please resist the temptation to fill your entire day with courses! To get the most out of Composing Skills it is crucial that you leave sufficient space free during each day for time to develop your composing. This will often mean going off to find a quiet place to work and write for several timetable sessions a day.

  • CC - Clarinet Choir

    A course exploring the many and varied works for clarinet choir including original works alongside effective arrangements. We hope for as full an ensemble as possible so do bring auxiliary instruments. There will be the opportunity to try other members of the clarinet family. This course is more suitable for grade 5 players but earlier grade players who would like to experience an intense course may join.
    Directed by George Sleightholme

  • SC - Saxophone Choir

    A course for all saxophones. Repertoire will include original works for saxophone choir as well as recent and popular arrangements of well-known works. The two sessions allow for two different sets of music to be rehearsed. Please state clearly which session/s you plan to attend.
    Directed by Stephanie Reeve

  • CW - Chamber Winds

    A course to develop ensemble skills in small one-to-a-part groups focussing on listening, leading/following and rehearsal techniques. Confidence in music reading is essential for this course as ensembles will rehearse independently as well as being visited by one of the tutors for coaching each day. The focus will be on the wind quintet and while we aim to use original music some arrangements may be used to allow for numbers and variety of instruments. Please do bring your own music if you have anything you would like to try. Ensembles may change halfway through the week. Please fill in the student information form with details of your current playing level and previous chamber music experience. Tutors may contact students before the start of summer school to ensure that they are placed in suitable groups. Informal performances to be given in the final session. Less advanced players may like to try Woodwind Ensemble.
    Directed by the Woodwind team

  • WE - Woodwind Ensemble

    A larger directed woodwind choir exploring symphonic movements and lighter arrangements alongside original works. As a flexible ensemble parts are adapted to sit numbers applying and there will be advanced and intermediate parts available for most instruments. While there will be some variety of repertoire these rehearsals will eventually focus on two or three pieces for the final performance, with the aim of developing techniques such as listening and playing with good ensemble skills. There may be a limit on numbers accepted onto this course. For smaller, one-to-a-part groups please see Chamber Winds.
    Directed by Rachel Broadbent

  • CS - Chamber Strings

    The chamber strings course aims to provide a supportive environment in which students can explore ensemble playing, and will particularly suit those interested in developing musical team-working skills – invaluable in all kinds of musical situations!
    The week will begin with tutor-lead large group sessions, both with and without instruments, to develop skills of listening, holding a musical line independently and leading/following. Suitable warm-up repertoire will be introduced in these sessions, to be developed during the week, and we will look at a range of problem-solving techniques for rehearsals.
    As the week progresses, the focus will move more towards rehearsing independently in chamber groups. Students will work in small groups (trios, quartets or quintets as numbers/ instruments allow), with the support of the tutors. Groups may be mixed ability, but every effort will be made to provide music suitable for the mix of players. Each ensemble will work on a range of repertoire at an appropriate level and will choose one piece for informal performance to other course participants at the end of the week.
    We hope that participants will come away with improved rehearsal skills, a greater awareness of each other while playing and a sense of achievement at having performed.

  • SO - String Orchestra

    This course aims to provide a good introduction to string orchestra playing for those new to large ensemble work, whilst allowing more experienced players to develop their ensemble skills, learn to lead a section, or take a solo role.
    Sessions typically start with a short warm up, focussing on a particular aspect of instrumental technique (e.g. tone production) or ensemble skills (e.g. matching bowing style in a string section) before moving on to rehearse a variety of string orchestra repertoire.
    A range of music will be studied during the week: some more simple pieces to really concentrate on quality ensemble playing and some more dificult repertoire to stretch ourselves a little – or just simply for the experience!

  • Dalcroze Euhrythmics

    Instructed by Helen Dawson
    This is not a timetabled course, but it takes place every morning between 08.30 and 09.00
    Dalcroze Eurhythmics explores the elements of music (rhythm, pitch, phrasing, form etc.) through whole body movement. Exercises might involve stepping a rhythm, feeling a steady pulse in various parts of the body, or mapping out the phrases of a piece of music in movement.
    Objects such as balls, hoops and scarves are used to help the body feel specific movement qualities: a ball might be bounced to feel the weight of the downbeat, or rolled to express the duration of a note. A scarf might be used to show the line of a musical phrase. Through these exercises a physical feeling for music is developed, increasing rhythmic confidence, developing co-ordination and control, and building skills of communication, expression and creativity. The morning warm-up sessions are open to all, regardless of prior experience or musical background.

  • CSS - Classical Solo Singing

    This is a class focusing on the classical music repertoire - Opera, Oratorio, English song, Chanson and Lieder. This will be an invigorating, but fun class where we investigate together all the elements which make a performance (vocal technique, language, posture, interpretation etc). Please bring repertoire that you are familiar with but also use it as an opportunity to think outside the box - try that piece you’ve always wanted to have a go at but never had the courage to do so. Please bring enough repertoire to cover all the week as ideally everyone will perform every day. Also please bring copies for our wonderful pianist.

  • SFT - Singing for the Terrified

    Singing can be terrifying for many reasons - often we are told we can’t sing from an early age and we lose confidence; singing can often be a very emotional and exposing experience, sometimes it’s easier to hide away etc. On this course we aim to have as much fun as possible using games, vocal warm ups and group singing in a myriad of styles. There could be the opportunity for solo stand outs if you’re feeling inspired! We will also explore techniques to help us quell our fears. There is no wrong on this course so please do join us and surprise yourself.

  • OTP - Opera/Music Theatre Performance

    This is a new class in which we plan to learn, stage and perform a collage of music from the Opera and Music Theatre repertoire - the repertoire has not been confirmed yet but it’s likely to include Les Miserables, Verdi’s Hebrew Slave chorus and possibly a chunk of Grease! An eclectic mix. This is an ensemble class but there will be opportunities for standouts and solos. No staged experience is needed just a will to give it a go!

  • P - Percussion Ensemble

    So much more than just "CRASH, BANG, WALLOP!", percussion ensemble takes an accommodating and extremely musical approach to the diverse and exciting world of all things hittable. Improve your listening skills and build your confidence by playing from existing percussion scores as well as exploring your creative side with the opportunity for collaborative and group devised work. Music reading is advantageous, but by no means essential! Performances will take place at the end of the week. A great course for building on your rhythmic abilities, gaining confidence in your performance and/ or exploring a world outside of your regular musical endeavours! Please note that numbers on this course are limited to 14 places on a first come, first served basis.

  • Orchestral and Band Percussion

    If you like the sound of performing in a percussion section, and want to improve your abilities, this course will give you the skills to survive and thrive in an orchestra or wind band percussion section. Please note that it is a requirement that to play percussion within the Symphony Orchestra or Symphonic Wind Band you must enrol on those individual courses as a Percussionist. Because of this, course numbers will be limited to the various ensembles. Also please note there will be no percussion ensemble within this course; please sign up for the separate Percussion Ensemble course where numbers will not be so limited. The sessions for Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Band are mostly full ensemble rehearsals. If you are a keen beginner, please let us know in advance, and we can utilise one tutor to overlook the section, and another tutor to do some sectional/more private work if required.
    There will be opportunities to look at percussion parts from the orchestral repertoire and gain experience in sight reading. Whilst experience in playing percussion is not mandatory, it is helpful.
    The tutors are flexible, and students should be too. Parts are changed around depending on abilities. This ensures you are not out your depth, and fun/enjoyment guaranteed!
    The course will give both group and individual instruction on the following instruments: bass drum, snare drum, cymbals, timpani, xylophone and glockenspiel, tambourine, triangle and miscellaneous percussion. Instruments will be provided, however students are encouraged to bring any percussion instruments, sticks and beaters and any percussion music they may wish to study during the week. The course tutor will be on hand within the percussion sections to guide students through the music and to give advice on techniques to improve students playing abilities and build confidence towards the final performances at the conclusion of the week.

  • MPO - Make and Play Orchestra

    The Make and Play Orchestra will do just that - make a range of instruments then play them. Each session will begin with making. Graeme will provide all the materials and designs for the instruments, which will range from very simple sticks, rattles and shakers to more ambitious drums and string instruments. As the instruments are completed we will assemble an orchestra and work on arrangements and original compositions to perform at the concert. We will also make enough instruments to hand out to the audience so that they can join us in the final performance.

  • RO - Rhythm Orchestra

    This ensemble is open to any player or singer who wants to improve their abilities in reading and rhythm. Each session begins with 'skill-drills' focused on a particular aspect of rhythm - for example, on-beats and off-beats; subdivision (quavers, triplets, semi-quavers, quintuplets etc); odd-time meters like 7/8 and 3/16; additive rhythms (mixes of twos and threes); traditional rhythms like samba and bossa nova and more. The rest of the session is devoted to reading, rehearsing, perfecting, performing and recording the daily rhythms which puts these skills into practice.
    You are placed, by register, in either the high, medium or low section of our orchestra and choose any note or notes to play while you read the piece and concentrate on counting, following the conductor and getting the rhythm right. Graeme has many pieces ready to go and he will also be creating new material during the week.
    There are beginner, intermediate and advanced versions of each part. We will build our exercises into a full composition/arrangement and perform it in the final concert.
    Graeme guarantees that there will be lots of fun and laughter as he gently and skilfully leads you to lush fields of possibility just beyond your comfort zone.