Our partnership with ABRSM – Giving your child something worthwhile to work towards

At our Term Time Courses, we’re incredibly proud to be partners with Music Medals, a fantastic award scheme established and run by the Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). With The Strings Club, your child will be able to work towards a Music Medal award on a regular basis, tracking their progress term on term.

Well done to all children who took their music medal awards last term. We have once again received fantastic results, and are waiting on a few more to come through – Congratulations to each and every one of you!

Take a look on our Sharing and Celebrating page to see the recent achievements of children enrolled on one of our award-winning Term Time Courses.

What’s special about Music Medals?

1) Whereas typically it might take over a year for a beginner to reach the standard to enter for Grade 1, Music Medals can be achieved on a termly basis giving your child something really rewarding and worthwhile to practice towards.

2) Music Medals are convenient for you as a parent too, as they always take place at the venue of your child’s lessons, rather than at an exam centre, and typically on the same day as a regular lesson.

3) The examinations are cost effective with prices beginning from only £11.50 and involve:

  • an ensemble-based piece
  • a solo piece
  • a short musicianship test

4) Starting with Copper and moving up progressively to a Platinum (equivalent to GCSE A* and ABRSM Grade 4 standard), Music Medal awards also count towards valuable points to the Qualifications and Credit Framework, which can be used as part of an academic application in UK.

Entrants are nominated by their Strings Club teacher and, if successful, they will be awarded with a Music Medal as well as their own certificate.

Take advantage of our Autumn Early Bird offer!

Book your child onto a Term Time Course and our October Half Term Holiday Camp and receive 10% off both – Offer ends a week on Friday, so hurry!

Please note – to claim our Autumn Season Early Bird offer, bookings must be made over the phone only. Minimum number of sessions to be booked at our Holiday Camp is 2 mornings, 2 afternoons or one full-day. Discount does not apply to our wrap-around care prices.

Book your child onto a Term Time Course today

Meet Martin!

We’d like to introduce you to one of our Strings Club Course Leaders, Martin Budd!

In today’s interview we talk to Martin Budd who has been playing the guitar since he was 13 and has never looked back since – He is one of our guitar course leaders over at our London sites.

Martin talks us through his time with us here at The Strings Club and what he loves most about working with our children.

Where did you study music?

I studied music whilst at school in Bristol, and also through my one-to-one guitar tuition.

Tell us about your musical experience?

I had a great guitar teacher who really encouraged me to learn songs that I wanted to play, even though at times they were very challenging for the level I was currently playing at.

This always made me want to practice them and get better at playing the instrument as the reward would be that I could play my favourite music!

I used to play mainly rock and heavy metal music when I was first playing the guitar but a chance opportunity at school allowed me to become involved with the school jazz and swing band. This really opened up my guitar playing to a whole new world of how to use my instrument and taught me a lot. I’m now just as much a lover of rock and metal music as I am of blues and jazz music.

I’ve played in many bands over the years from many different styles and genres. I’m now currently regularly playing with a rock covers band and an acoustic duo project with a wonderful French singer, playing traditional French music from the 30’s to the 60’s.

I also write and perform my own music with my original project. This is a fusion of the styles I love to play. It uses rock and metal riffs combined with harmony and melody played using keys and sax to create something very unique sounding!

What do you enjoy the most about teaching?

The thing I enjoy the most about teaching is watching a student overcome an obstacle. I can’t remember how many times a student has told me that something they are working on is too hard and that they just can’t do it!

However, when you give someone the right encouragement and steps for achieving their goal, before they know it, they can play the thing they never thought would be possible.

I love to see the satisfaction and enjoyment that this gives my students and the message that it hopefully sends to them, that with the right approach and a little bit of hard work, they can really achieve what they want to.

Your biggest achievement / most enjoyable musical experience so far?

That would probably have to be when I got to play as a part of a jazz band that was going to be supporting a huge children’s choir performing at the Colston Hall in Bristol. It’s the biggest audience of people I’ve ever performed in front of, around 1000 people! It was really great honour to play on that stage and the atmosphere of the evening was fantastic!

Who is your favourite musician and why?

My favourite guitarist is Guthrie Govan. To me, he is a great inspiration because not only is he very technically amazing at playing the guitar, but he also plays it with so much character and feeling. He also manages to blend lots of styles of music very seamlessly into something that really sounds uniquely his own.

How did you start learning your instrument?

I started learning the guitar when I was 13 because all of the music I was listening to at the time had guitar in it and I desperately wanted to be able to play my favourite songs in a band with my friends. That’s exactly what we did and I’ve never looked back since.

Top practice tip for our Strings Club children?

When you get stuck and frustrated with something difficult, remember that someone else has been there before, including your teacher!

Stick with it, slow down what you’re playing, break it up into small bite size pieces.

Give yourself time, sometimes it takes a few days to get the hang of something and you’ll probably get a little bit better at it each day you practice. If you stick at it, before you know it, you’ll be playing it with ease and confidence with a big smile on your face!

Start your child’s musical journey

Our unmissable “Disney-themed” workshops are coming soon

Today we are thrilled to share with you what’s in store during the Week 6 of our Holiday Camps this summer!

Here is a sneak peek at our “Disney-themed” week – Monday 21 – Friday 25 August throughout all locations.

 

Big Sing Song

“You’ve Got A Friend In Me” is known to many as a joyful song of lasting friendship. What makes a good friend? Learning to feel valued for our individuality is fundamental to developing into confident individuals. We will be taking your child on a musical journey – singing and dancing on the way!

Join us on Monday 21 August

 

 

Meet The Producer

Many children will recognise his iconic animated creations such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, but do they know who is actually behind such creations? In this ever-so-exciting workshop, we will be exploring the life and achievements of Walt Disney, discovering more about his magical characters!

Join us on Tuesday 22 August

 

Music In Motion

This workshop is inspired by the enchanting story of “Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll and it’s all about exploring physical movement and expressions! How would you walk through a narrow corridor if you suddenly became ten times bigger? Or even, smaller?

Join us on Wednesday 23 August

 

Pieces Of Me

Following our Performarama workshop based on the popular “Inside Out”, in this inspiring session, we will be having a deeper look into what goes inside our head, exploring various emotions and developing an understanding of different feelings. We will also be making connections between emotions and music – in the most fun and enjoyable way with lots of shapes and colours!

Join us on Thursday 24 August

 

Imagination Station

Whether it’s drawing, painting, building or even sculpting, we believe giving your child freedom over their creative work is absolutely crucial. The sun doesn’t have to be a yellow splotch and the ocean doesn’t have to be a blue smudge, so let’s get those creative juices flowing!

Join us on Friday 25 August

 

Book now to avoid disappointment!

Our Ofsted registered Holiday Camps are inclusive and accessible – They provide a friendly, safe and inspiring environment where children make new friends, build confidence and learn skills whilst having a huge amount of fun.

Our Summer Holiday Camps are proving very popular and there are limited places available – Book now to ensure your child isn’t disappointed.

For more info, simply click below on the Holiday Camp you are interested in:

Hampstead Islington | Balham | Brockley | Harborne | Sutton Coldfield

See here for a full list of our weekly themes

Five reasons to join us this Autumn

It’s time for your child to get those fingers warmed up, wipe the dust off  their instruments and slowly start preparing for weekly music classes this Autumn term after the long summer break.

Our Autumn Term Time Courses begin on w/c 18th September, and here are Top 5 Reasons why you should be joining us if you haven’t already!

Our weekly music classes are set within a fun, supportive and rewarding environment and are led by the UK’s top string teachers. They are tailored to the age of your child with specific courses for Minis ukulele & violin courses (children aged 4-5) and Sound Start guitar, violin, ukulele & cello courses (children aged 6-11).  

1) Our Partnership with Music Medals

We’re incredibly proud to be partners with Music Medals, a fantastic award scheme established and run by the Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM).

Whereas typically it might take over a year for a beginner to reach the standard to enter for Grade 1, Music Medals can be achieved every term giving your child something really rewarding to practice towards.

Read more about our Music Medal awards or check out the ABRSM website.

2) Lessons are 45 mins – 60 mins

Unlike the standard 20-30 minute lessons which can prove more like a cramming-in session, our lessons last 45 mins (Minis) or an hour (Sound Start) – ensuring your child gets the most out of their music education.

3) Instrument hire for less than £3 per week

With our Term Time Courses, you can hire an instrument to take home for less than £3 per week – meaning that your child can keep up with their practice throughout the term.

 

4) End of Term Concert for friends and family

Every term concludes with a Grand Concert in the last 15 minutes of the lesson. This is a chance for the children to show you and any other family and friends what they have been up to this term!

We consider every performance opportunities to be essential in developing confidence and gaining a sense of achievement – something intrinsically important for all budding young musicians.

5) Develop their musicianship and personal skills

Our lessons are led by the UK’s best string teachers – handpicked for their friendliness, professionalism and dedication to teaching. We know it can be a difficult task to find a music class that works for your child and inspires them from the offset. That’s why each Term Time Course is developed by our team of experienced string specialist, taking into consideration every aspect of your child’s development such as boosting confidence and key communication skills including teamwork, listening and focus.

At the end of each lesson, every child also receives a ‘Practice Makes Perfect Guide’ advising what to practise before the next lesson and to help you support your child’s musical journey at home. This is so that you can also keep up to date with what your child is doing and what they should be achieving on a weekly and termly basis.

Take advantage of our Autumn Early Bird Offer

Book your child onto a Term Time Course and our October Half Term Holiday Camp and receive 10% off both.

Please note – to claim our Autumn Season Early Bird offer, bookings must be made over the phone only. Minimum number of sessions to be booked at our Holiday Camp is 2 mornings, 2 afternoons or one full-day. Discount does not apply to our wrap-around care prices.

Book your child a place on a Term Time Course today

Coming up – Our fantastic “Fairies & Dragons” week!

Today we are pleased to share with you more about what lies ahead during the Week 4 of our Summer Holiday Camps!

Here is a sneak peek at our “Fairies & Dragons” week – Monday 7 – Friday 11 August.

 

Sounds and Colours

This week is all about fairies and dragons, and we will be starting our week off getting slightly messy… With paints, feathers and glitters, your child will be designing their own dragon eggs – with hidden instruments inside them!

Join us on Monday 7 August

 

Big Sing Song

We love a good old sing song here at The Strings Club, and in this exciting workshop, your child will learn to sing and dance to “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You” from the Disney classic –  “Mulan”. If your child loves to sing, this workshop will be absolutely perfect for them!

Join us on Tuesday 8 August

 

Meet The Composer: Felix Mendelssohn

Did you know that Felix Mendelssohn started composing when he was just 10 years old? In this exciting, we will be examining his life and music, in particular, one of his most known works, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.

Join us on Wednesday 9 August

 

 

 

Performarama “The Neverending Story”

Based on the epic fantasy story of “The Neverending Story”, children will be reading this enchanting story and then encourage to act it out as their favourite character! An unmissable and a truly wonderful way for your child to build confidence.

Join us on Thursday 10 August

 

Music In Motion

This energetic workshop is truly action-packed and fun-filled! Using a song from a popular movie “Shrek”, children will be interpreting the words from the song using their bodies. Don’t forget to bring your shoes for this one!

Join us on Friday 11 August

 

Book now to avoid disappointment!

Our Ofsted registered Holiday Camps are inclusive and accessible – They provide a friendly, safe and inspiring environment where children make new friends, build confidence and learn skills whilst having a huge amount of fun.

Our Summer Holiday Camps are proving very popular and there are limited places available – Book now to ensure your child isn’t disappointed.

For more info, simply click below on the Holiday Camp you are interested in:

Hampstead Islington | Balham | Brockley | Harborne | Sutton Coldfield

See here for a full list of our weekly themes

BBC Proms – The Strings Club Recommends

If you are a music enthusiast like us, the BBC Proms will undoubtedly be the most anticipated ‘musical jamboree’ of the summer. It is not only the world’s largest classical musical festival, but is also one that showcases the best international musicians, conductors and personalities from around the world. This year’s ever-so-popular musical celebration runs from Friday 14 July – Saturday 9 September, and we cannot be more excited!

Here at The Strings Club Head Office, we have each picked out some of the highlights from this year’s event, especially for you.

The Strings Club Recommends:

 

Amy’s Pick 

 

  • Prom 19: Relaxed Prom (Saturday 29 July, 12:00)

A concert suitable for children and adults with autism, sensory and communication impairments and learning disabilities as well as individuals who are Deaf, hard of hearing, blind and partially sighted. This first ever Relaxed Prom is a fun and interactive musical experience in a welcoming environment, with plenty of opportunities for participation. The programme includes music by Rimsky-Korsakov, Rossini and John Strauss II, as well as Pharrell Williams’s ‘Happy’ and the ‘Doctor Who’ theme.

Find out more about this event here

Something extra: At The Strings Club’s workshop, your child will be singing their hearts out to Pharrell Williams’s “Happy” in our ever-so-popular interactive ‘Big Sing Song’ workshop!

Our Big Sing Song: “Happy” workshop is coming to our Hampstead, Brockley and Harborne Holiday Camps on Tuesday 29 August.

Jasmine’s Pick 

 

  • Proms Extra: NYO Young Promoters (Saturday 5 August, 17:30)

Join musicians from the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain at this unique and friendly event for teenagers hosted by the NYO’s Young Promoters – a great chance to find out about the music in this evening’s Prom.

Find out more about this event here

Charlotte’s Pick 

 

  • Prom 14: Holst – The Planets (Tuesday 25 July, 18:30)

In this evening’s event, Holst’s galactic suite conjures up the epic scope of a movie blockbuster in luminous music of infinite vistas, while Vaughan Williams’s enigmatic final symphony also revels in an augmented sound-world: it’s a piece the conductor, John Wilson, sees as a suitably radical counterpart to The Planets.

Find out more about this event here

Daniel’s Pick 

 

  • Prom 15: The Songs of Scott Walker (1967-70) (Tuesday 25 July, 22:15)

An icon of the 1960s, Scott Walker has travelled from Walker Brothers teen idol to avant-garde contemporary musician, influencing artists from David Bowie and Leonard Cohen to Goldfrapp along the way. This evening’s Late Night Prom tribute presents tracks from his four self-titled albums with live orchestral backing for the very first time.

Find out more about this event here

Something extra: Are you a fan of David Bowie? In The Strings Club’s special David Bowie workshop, we hope to build your child’s appreciation for the music of the British musician and cultural icon whilst encouraging them to understand the importance of individuality.

Our Meet The Artist: David Bowie workshop is coming to our Holiday Camps across all of our sites on Thursday 27 July.

Asako’s Pick 

 

  • Prom 8: Celebrating John Williams (Thursday 20 July, 19:30)

John Williams is among the greatest of film composers – His scores for Star Wars, Harry Potter, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and the Indiana Jones films have made him a household name. The BBC Proms celebrates his extraordinary achievements in a concert to mark William’s 85th birthday.

Find out more about this event here

Something extra: In The Strings Club’s John Williams workshop on, your child will explore how his world-famous soundtracks can be used to tell a particular story, specifically using his music from Star Wars.

Our Meet The Composer: John Williams workshop is coming to our Holiday Camps across all of our sites on Thursday 31 August.

Your first time?

 

The Proms are the perfect occasion to try a classical concert for the first time, and with your child too. However, if you can’t make it to Royal Albert Hall, don’t worry, you can watch the catch up on TV or tune into Radio 3!

Which event are you interested in? Let us know over on our Facebook page – We would absolutely love to hear your thoughts!

Like the sound of our workshops too? There’re only limited spaces available for our Holiday Camps this summer – Book now to ensure your child isn’t disappointed.

For more info, simply click below on the Holiday Camp you are interested in:

Hampstead Islington | Balham | Brockley | Harborne | Sutton Coldfield

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Don’t miss out on our “Musical Heroes” week!

Today we are pleased to reveal more about what lies in store for children at our Summer Holiday Camps!

Our interactive and popular workshops at our Ofsted-registered Holiday Camps are carefully designed by our own Digital Marketing & Events Assistant, Asako Zavertajeva-Onishi, a postgraduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire. Each workshop created by Asako is designed to enhance your child in more ways than one, nurturing musical skills such as aural and listening ability, along with our personal skills as concentration, teamwork, making friends and physical and emotional well-being. Through this, we focus on our “Development is Key”, aiming to guide the development of every child’s capabilities and abilities on a daily basis to ensure that they truly benefit from our Holiday Camps.

Here is just a snapshot of what is going on in our “Musical Heroes” week – Monday 24 – Friday 28 July.

Big Sing Song

Does your child have the potential to become the next ‘King/Queen of Pop’? Let’s find out as we come together to sing Jackson 5‘s “ABC”! A good sing-song can encourage your child to express their emotions and improves their ability to communicate.

Join us on Monday 24 July.

 

 

Sounds and Colours

In this colourful and magical workshop, we will be taking your child on a musical adventure, featuring the songs by Queen. From designing their own guitars to creating rhythmic shakers – they will all be rockstars by the end of the day!

Join us on Tuesday 25 July.

 

Making Melodies

Our “Musical Heroes” week is not complete without a workshop all about Adele! We will be exploring her music and her incredible powerful voice before having musical conversations using their own instruments.

Join us on Wednesday 26 July.

 

Meet The Artist

In this highly inspiring workshop, we will be introducing to the children the works of the iconic star, David Bowie. Your child will not only learn about his songs, but also his influence on everything from modern pop, the fashion industry and his outlandish persona, inspiring generations to be themselves.

Join us on Thursday 27 July.

 

Big Jam Session

Using one of The Beatles‘ classics “Twist And Shout”, your child will be creating their own band with their own instruments! Your child will be able to not only build an understanding of rhythm, but also enjoy the activity as a team!

Join us Friday 28 July.

 

 

Book now to avoid disappointment!

Our Ofsted-registered Holiday Camps are inclusive and accessible – they provide a friendly, safe and inspiring environment where children make new friends, build confidence and learn skills whilst having a huge amount of fun.

Our Summer Holiday Camps are proving very popular and there are limited places available – Book now to ensure your child isn’t disappointed.

For more info, simply click below on the Holiday Camp you are interested in:

Hampstead | Islington | Balham | Brockley | Harborne | Sutton Coldfield

See here for a full list of our weekly themes

How can we keep your child inspired this summer?

As a mum of a two year old, I already feel a slight breathlessness when I think about the summer holidays. Of course, it is a wonderful time for memorable experiences with our children and a great chance for us to go places and see things that we usually don’t have the time to do during the weekends. However, the reality also is that most parents have to work and not everyone is lucky enough to have a close family member or friend around the corner who will be able to look after our children whilst we are working, especially for free!

What’s more, knowing that your child is doing something meaningful and worthwhile is also so important, I find. For example, I would not be very happy if I had paid for my child to attend a Holiday Camp and all they did was play in a sandpit all day and be bored. Of course, there are childcare providers out there that do provide this low level of childcare however as a mum and alongside being the director of The Strings Club, my job and main priority is to ensure that this does not take place. I want all children that attend one of our Holiday Camps to have truly memorable experiences with us – and for the right reasons too!

I wanted to ensure that children not only had a great time with us at The Strings Club but also that every day was wonderfully different for them. Recently joining me at the head office is Asako Zavertajeva-Onishi, a post graduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire with a real passion for designing music workshops and educational activities for children. Asako carefully creates every workshop that takes place at our Holiday Camps and each one, from our Big Sing Song, to Sounds and Colours to Meet the Composer ensures that your child develops in more ways than one! As we have many children attending throughout the whole summer holidays, we also have ensured that every week has a different theme and I am so excited about this summer’s themes – ranging from Musical Heroes (including a workshop on David Bowie which I cannot wait for!) to our Celebrating Cultures where we take your child on a musical adventure across the world. For more information on our weekly themes for this summer, please see our previous blog post here.

To ensure that our Holiday Camps offer only the best in childcare and music education, I also created a “Your Child’s Development is Key” that outlines what skills children will develop with us on a daily basis. These include music-based skills, physical education, communication and language and personal, social and emotional health too. We have implemented these factors into each and every single activity that takes place at our Holiday Camps. You can find out a little bit more about this on our website too here.

Finally, I hope I have shown you my utmost passion towards what we do at The Strings Club and our Ofsted-registered Holiday Camps. I would love nothing more than your child to join us this summer holidays and for not only your child to be enthralled with their time with us but also for you as a parent to feel happy and comforted that your child is happy and in safe hands.

Join us at a Holiday Camp this summer!

Check out our weekly themes for our summer Holiday Camps!

We are so excited for our award-winning Holiday Camps this Summer! So much so we have a weekly theme for every week – ensuring that no two days are ever the same with us! Every day we will take your child on a magical musical adventure with our range of carefully designed workshops in the afternoon to compliment our high-quality small group instrumental classes in the morning.

At our Ofsted-registered Holiday Camps, each day is so wonderfully different, and our workshops aim to develop your child in more ways than one. Your child can enjoy making new friends, build confidence and develop not only musical, but also personal skills whilst being a friendly, safe and truly inspiring environment.

To ensure that our Holiday Camps stand apart, each workshop takes into consideration our very own“Development is Key”, aiming to guide the development of each and every child’s capabilities and skills on a daily basis to ensure that they truly benefit from our Holiday Camps.

Have a look below for the weekly themes available at your nearest Strings Club!

1) “Fantasy and Adventure”

  • Week 1: Monday 17 – Friday 21 July
  • Week 7: Tuesday 29 August – Friday 1 September

This week’s workshops are fully inspired by imaginary lands with strange beasts, wizards & witches and pirates & mermaids – based on magical & mysterious stories from “Into The Woods” to “Harry Potter”.

 

 

2) “Musical Heroes”

  • Week 2: Monday 24 – Friday 28 July

From Adele to David Bowie, this week is all about celebrating the greatest musical heroes whose powerful influence has inspired many. This will surely be a wonderful experience for your child as we sing our heart out to Jackson 5’s “ABC” and create our own instruments to rock out to Queen’s “We Will Rock You”!

 

3) “Celebrating Cultures”

  • Week 3: Monday 31 July – Friday 4 August

At The Strings Club, we are passionate about making music enjoyable and accessible to everyone – that’s why for our Week 3 of our Summer Holiday Camps, we are introducing your child to music from around the world! From African chant music, Bhangra music to Japan, the land of the rising sun, we will be taking your child on a highly-exciting musical adventure.

 

4) “Fairies and Dragons”

  • Week 4: Monday 7 – Friday 11 August

This week is all about fairies and dragons! ‘Meet The Composer’ of the week being Felix Mendelssohn, we will be exploring one of his most well-known orchestral works, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, identifying the connection between the musical elements and the characters depicted.

5) “Inventors and Animals”

  • Week 5: Monday 14 – Friday 18 August

Our “Inventors & Animals” week consists of super exciting workshops ranging from Camille Saint-Saëns’ “The Carnival of the Animals” to some of the inventions that changed the world and the way we live. We’ll even be exploring how our wonderful string instruments came into the world!

 

 

6) “Disney-Themed”

  • Week 6: Monday 21 – Friday 25 August

Who doesn’t love a little bit of Disney-themed activities? From Disney-themed bingo to “Pirates Of The Caribbean” treasure hunt, we promise this week will be one to remember!

 

Click the relevant area to find out which weeks are available in your area:

 

Find your nearest Strings Club here

Our Autumn Early Bird Offer is here!

Make the most of our Autumn Season Early Bird!

Book your child onto a Term Time Course and our October Half Term Holiday Camp and receive 10% off both.

Offer ends on Friday 25th August – so book today!

  • Term Time Courses begin Saturday 23 September.
  • October Half Term Holiday Camp – Mon 23 – Fri 27 October

Please note – to claim our Autumn Season Early Bird offer, bookings must be made over the phone only. Minimum number of sessions to be booked at our Holiday Camp is 2 mornings, 2 afternoons or one full-day. Discount does not apply to our wrap-around care prices.

Simply follow these steps:

  1. Find your nearest Strings Club here
  2. Give our Head Office team a call on 0121 296 9204
  3. We can process your bookings for you over the phone with the new discounted price!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find your nearest Strings Club here