Brand new beginners courses for your child

Designed specifically for children aged 4-5 in reception class at school, our brand new Minis Explorers programme is the perfect introduction in learning an instrument. This unique one-year programme will enable your child to explore both ukulele and violin – before deciding what instrument they would like to continue learning in the third term.  

Children learn in small groups and spend a term on each instrument starting with ukulele and moving onto violin. Classes will be led by the UK’s top string teachers and will packed full of fun-filled learning of the highest quality.

Over the course of the year children develop key musicianship skills such as rhythm, pitch, notation, dynamics alongside technical proficiency on their instrument.

You will receive a termly report on your child’s progress to keep you informed of their achievements. Each term includes our Grand Concert – the perfect opportunity for your child to show what they have achieved with their new friends. You can even hire an instrument to take home from only £3 per week. During the third term, children will work towards an exclusive Minis Award and will take part in our End of Year Awards Ceremony. Price per lesson is from £15 per 45 mins session. 

Book by Friday 31st August and receive your first lesson for free!

Our Minis Explorers are now on sale, beginning on Saturday 15th September and run for 10 weeks.

Find out about Courses in your area

Vote for Course Leader of the Year – deadline tomorrow!

The deadline for Course Leader of the Year is upon us!

From conservatoires to pop stars, our team are the UK’s leading strings teachers hand-picked for their experience, friendliness and professionalism.

Take a closer look at The Strings Club’s Tremendous Teaching Team, the stars helping your child to shine.

You will now be familiar with your child’s teacher, whether having known them for a few terms of in some cases a few years. I am sure you will agree that they are most excellent at what they do.

We’ve introduced a new way for you to show your appreciation – an amazing award, Course Leader of the Year!

If you think your teacher is the best then all you have to do is nominate them for this special award – fill out this Google Form – and please give us a couple of sentences or a small paragraph on why you are putting them forward. Closing date is: Friday 15th June.

Next week we will announce the winners and of course that gives us an ample opportunity to celebrate the efforts of all of the teachers and of the students who are putting so much in each term.

If you are new to Term Time Courses and interested in weekly music lessons check out our new courses starting this Autumn – they’re on sale via out website now! Plus our special Discovery Days are the perfect way to inspire your child – try two instruments and get two 20 minute lessons, for free!

Find out about the Term Time Courses starting in Autumn

Join our brand new Quaver Concerts

We are very pleased to announce the launch of our summer season of Quaver Concerts.

Due to popular demand, our Quaver Concerts will be performed by our fantastic team at The Strings Club and will be the perfect chance for both grown ups and children to experienceexplore and engage with live music – at its very best.

Starting with our summer season this July, we have a range of concerts across Birmingham and London – taking place on both weekdays and Saturdays at venues that are chosen for their close proximity to public transport, their easy parking alongside baby changing facilities too making them perfect for families to visit.

From Spanish guitar with Alex Roche to Disney hits with violin/piano Duo Luminoso  – our Quaver Concerts aim to inspire both adult and child through a range of high-quality performances. Limited spaces will be available so book today. Tickets range from £5-£10 and up to two children can attend per adult. 

Summer Season Listings

Birmingham

Friday 6th July – Boston Tea Party, Edgbaston – 10:30am – 11:30am – The Paul Edwards Trio

Saturday 14th July – Moor Pool Hall, Harborne – 11am – 12pm – Alicja Maciejowska (violin)

London – North of the River

Monday 2nd July – Crouch End Picturehouse, Crouch End  – 10:30am – 11:30am – Opari (violin/guitar)

Friday 6th July – The Penton Room, Lift Hub, Islington – 10:30am – 11:30am – Sophie Haynes (cello)

Saturday 28th July – The Meeting House, Hampstead – 11am – 12pm – Keziah Thomas (harp)

London – South of the River

Friday 6th July – Greenwich West Centre, Greenwich –  10:30am – 11:30am – Alex Roche (guitar)

Saturday 14th July – Greenwich West Centre, Greenwich – 11am – 12pm – Tom Gamble (guitar)

More dates and concerts to come soon. Sign up to our newsletter (top right) for more info

Book a Quaver Concert here

Start your child’s musical journey – for free

May Half Term Discovery Days have proved incredibly popular.

After releasing additional sessions and places by popular demand we have once again SOLD OUT! So we are now looking ahead to the start of the summer holidays!

Our Discovery Days are the perfect way to ignite your child’s love of music.

We introduced them in 2016 to enable families to help their children explore stringed instruments. And we did that because being parents ourselves we understand that choosing an instrument for your child to learn can be a difficult and expensive process.

That’s why at a Discovery Day your child will be able to try out two new instruments of their choice and experience two 20 minute lessons – all for free!

Inspirational and interactive

Taking place at central venues across the country our Discovery Days provide a wonderfully interactive introduction to stringed instruments, an memorable and inspirational performance from our professional teachers, and two 20 minute lessons on ukulele, violin or guitar.

Want to get involved? Here’s what’s coming up next:

Saturday 21st July

Sutton Coldfield Library, Red Rose Centre tbcB72; 10.30am – 12pm

BirminghamLibrary of BirminghamB1; 10.30am – 12pm

Crouch Endvenue tbc, N8; 10.30am – 12pm

Saturday 28th July

TootingTooting LibrarySW17; 10.30am – 12pm

 

We look forward to seeing you there soon!

Find out what is going on in your area

The Strings Club is coming to Crouch End!

Stop Press! We are delighted to announce that The Strings Club is coming to Crouch End, North London.

We’re incredibly excited about the opportunity to move to such a vibrant area with a huge appreciation of arts and music and all things cultural.

Having launched our very first Holiday Camp in Hampstead and more recently arrived in Islington we have a great affinity with North London and are very much looking forward to this new adventure!

Special free event

To celebrate our arrival in Crouch End we will be running a special free event – a Discovery Day – where children aged 4-11 will be able to try out two instruments, and get two 20 minute lessons, for free!

For younger children we recommend trying ukulele and violin and for older children there is the additional option of guitar. Our Discovery Days are the perfect way to ignite your child’s love of music and provide a great opportunity to meet our team and understand a bit about what we will be doing in the area, including our multi award-winning Holiday Camps, Term Time Courses, Parties and our brand new Quaver Concerts.

There are limited places available for the summer event taking place on Saturday 21st July from 10.30am-12pm in (venue in central Crouch End, tbc) so book early to ensure you save a place for your child.

We look forward to seeing you and your child soon and to being part of their new musical journey

Book a place for your child at your local Discovery Day

Vote for Course Leader of the Year!

From conservatoires to pop stars, our team are the UK’s leading strings teachers hand-picked for their experience, friendliness and professionalism.

Take a closer look at The Strings Club’s Tremendous Teaching Team, the stars helping your child to shine.

You will now be familiar with your child’s teacher, whether having known them for a few terms of in some cases a few years. I am sure you will agree that they are most excellent at what they do.

We’ve introduced a new way for you to show your appreciation – an amazing award, Course Leader of the Year!

If you think your teacher is the best then all you have to do is nominate them for this special award – fill out this Google Form – and please give us a couple of sentences or a small paragraph on why you are putting them forward. Closing date is: Friday 15th June.

In a few weeks time we will announce the winners and of course that gives us an ample opportunity to celebrate the efforts of all of the teachers and of the students who are putting so much in each term.

If you are new to Term Time Courses and interested in weekly music lessons check out our new courses starting this Autumn – they’re on sale via out website now! Plus our special Discovery Days are the perfect way to inspire your child – try two instruments and get two 20 minute lessons, for free!

Find out about the Term Time Courses starting in Autumn

#TipTuesday Learning an instrument improves attainment

Learning to play an instrument is a wonderful experience. It is something which has a lifelong impact, providing enjoyment for many years. And it also has many other benefits in the short and medium term which may not be as obvious or are not often directly associated.

Confidence and self-esteem

The sense of achievement gained through this magical journey is significant. The first time you nail that chord. Your first arpeggio. Your first performance. The list is endless. Let’s not forget that learning to play is a lot of hard work, but with careful management of the learning process – like that provided at our Term Time Courses – learning to play is hugely rewarding and gives children the confidence and courage to apply themselves in other parts of their life.

Educational attainment

Learning an instrument is multi-disciplined. It improves memory, reading and comprehension which in turn support and improve educational attainment. And that’s in all areas, English, Maths, Science, languages – not just in music. Studies show that playing an instrument enhances performance in national exams and the impact is greater the longer a young person has been playing an instrument. That’s powerful stuff when you think about how it can impact your child as they go through school.

Mental health and wellbeing

Music can help you to understand and be better in touch with your emotions. Plus a natural product of learning an instrument is a healthier mental outlook for all of the reasons we have already talked about. And, going right back to the start, everything above is coupled with the unbridled joy and and happiness that you get from simply picking up an instrument and playing your favourite song along to the radio [or the most preferred piece of modern technology designed for one’s listening pleasure!].

 

Our Term Time Courses starting in September are available to book now for children aged 4-11. They are and specifically developed for young beginners and delivered by the UK’s best strings teachers ensuring your child will settle quickly, be properly supported and get the best from the experience.

Find out more about Minis Explorers and Sound Start Courses

 

Wow what a super week!

What a super week we have had! Thank you to everyone!

Thank you to our amazing team in each venue in London and Birmingham – as always, you make sure every child has the best time. You are super amazing!

Thank you to our super team at Head Office – it’s our first Camp together in our new roles, everyone has worked so hard and generally been awesome!

And thank you to the most important people of all, the Super Stars from Super Heroes week, our mini maestros! We have made lots of new friends, laughed and learned, sung and played music, danced and had the best time at Camp ever. We miss you already and we’re looking forward to seeing you all again in the summer!

Enjoy the last few days of Half Term and see you again soon!

Find out what is going on near you this summer

Monthly Recommended Listening: Classical Music Your Child Will Love

We know from experience that there are many different ways of inspiring children with music, however, we believe there is no better way to first experience the joys of music than listening.

Each month, The Strings Club Head Office selects and lists a few of our favourite classical music for you and your child alongside some fun facts and easy clicks to locate the piece on either YouTube or Spotify.

The fun times and sunny days of summer are underway – we’ve found some of the most uplifting pieces of music!

Here are some of the most joyous pieces to help brighten your day and ones your child will love too!

1) William Tell Overture, Gioachino Rossini

This piece of music is one of the most recognisable classical music tunes of all time. “William Tell” was Rossini’s last opera, written when he was 37 years old. Did you know that Rossini chose to retire at this age and instead, became famous for his cooking skills?

Listen to William Tell Overture on Youtube or Spotify.

2) The Marriage of Figaro Overture, W. A. Mozart

In one of his most well-known operas, the madness of “The Marriage of Figaro” takes place on a single summer’s day, and Mozart sets the pace in the Overture. Can you hear any elements of summer within the music? Apparently, the opera was such a hit that the emperor requested a private performance all for himself.

Listen to The Marriage of Figaro Overture on Youtube or Spotify.

3) Jupiter, the Bringer of Jolity, “The Planets”, Gustav Holst

We can’t not go without mentioning Holst’s Jupiter. Can you listen to this piece without humming along with the famous melody? Written between 1914-1916, Holst’s “The Planets” represents the planets of the Solar System and their corresponding astrological character. Did you know that when Sir Adrian Boult introduced “The Planets” to the general public at a concert in 1919, he gave only five of the seven movements as he thought they would not be able to cope with the full work?

Listen to Jupiter from “The Planets” on Youtube or Spotify.

What next?

Is your child ready to move onto the next stage, but not sure which instrument to start on?

Why not come along to one of our Discovery Days where your child can try their hand at playing ukulele, violin and guitar and receive two 20-minute lessons for free!

Find your nearest Discovery Days here

Continuing the learning over Half Term

Wow, what an amazing first half of Term we have had.

Every child has progressed amazingly well, we’re so proud of everyone. And especially so for those brave boys and girls who have done Music Medals!

With Half Term coming next week we thought we would look at ways to help continue the momentum into the second half of term.

Reflect and celebrate

After all the hard work during term time it is important to get a break, relax and also reflect on what has been achieved.

Ask your child to play for you, show you what they have learnt. This is a brilliant way to share in their achievements and boost their confidence. And get a bit of practise in too.

Go to a gig

With the summer having properly arrived it is a great time to get out and see live music. Make a day of it, celebrate what your child has achieved and have lots of fun, all the time reinforcing what your child has learnt. Have you heard about our Quaver Concerts? They’re a great way to hear new music and further inspire your child this summer.

Continue the learning at Camp

If you are worried that your child might fall out of practise or are looking to get some extra in then our multi award-winning Holiday Camps might just be the answer. Each morning we have our small group instrument tuition to help brush up on skills. And in the afternoon we explore music in exciting ways in our creative workshops. This Half Term is Super Heroes week, heroic amounts of fun guaranteed and chock full of inspiring activities for your young creative cat – from Drama and Art to Songwriting, Singing and Dancing.

Find out what’s on near you