Check out our brand new concert series – Quaver Concerts

Multi award-winning music education company The Strings Club is excited to announce the launch of their brand new concert series – Quaver Concerts. Starting this summer, their series of themed concerts will be led by professionally trained musicians and will present a range of musical repertoire  – from classical to folk to pop. Giving you and your child the chance to experience, explore and engage with live music – at its very best.

Founder of The Strings Club and mum Amy Cunningham states, “Having a three year old means I am always looking for high quality events to attend with my daughter Anja. Activities that not only engage her but also that entertain me too! What will enable our Quaver Concerts to be truly memorable will be our focus on a variety of music (not only classical), our fantastic musicians and the safe, warm environments that our concerts will be taking place in.”

Having offered a range of multi award-winning educational programmes for children since 2012, The Strings Club is fully aware of the importance of introducing music to children in a positive, inspiring and fun way. That’s why their Quaver Concerts are a fantastic way to nurture your child’s love of music from the offset whilst igniting their love of music alongside our range of programmes from Holiday Camps, Parties, After-School Clubs and Term Time Classes.

Events Manager Charlotte Nettle quotes, “Our brand new Quaver Concerts have grown from sheer demand from our valuable customers and we aim for our live concerts to be as wonderful as our other popular programmes. We welcome anyone who would like to come and experience wonderful music with their children and friends.”

Join The Strings Club this summer onwards at a Quaver Concert near you. Be the first to learn more by signing up to our newsletter.

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5 benefits of learning an instrument for your child

With all the extra-curricular activities available for our children, it’s sometimes hard to choose what’s actually right for them isn’t it?

From gymnastics to swimming to sewing to music classes, there’s now everything and anything available! From trialling out various classes with my daughter Anja, there’s one main factor that I now really look for when booking a regular activity and that’s what are the actual benefits of this activity. When I mention benefits this could range from anything such as simple enjoyment and seeing her having fun to confidence to a specific skill such as dance skills.

From my many years teaching music and violin, I really have seen the sheer benefits of learning and instrument on children as young as 3.

Here are 5 huge benefits for you:

  1. Well-being – music has a magical effect on us human beings and playing an instrument is a really cathartic process that enables children to relax, to focus and to develop their self-awareness.
  2. Musicianship – learning an instrument helps develop key musicianship skills such as sight-reading, playing by ear, technical proficiency and awareness of musical elements as rhythm, pitch, notation and dynamics.
  3. Confidence – we see so many children stand infront of a packed audience and perform with sheer confidence. This we believe is mainly down to our regular performance opportunities including every weekly lesson during our Term Time Courses and at the end of each Holiday Camp. Our Grand Concerts are a fantastic way of enabling your child to show what they have achieved and what fun they have had with their new friends!
  4. Develop positive relationships – seeing the same children every week really does encourage the development of positive relationships and I am sure you agree, the ability to make friends is a fantastic skill to have in life!
  5. Educational attainment – there has been so much research about the link between music and doing well in other curricular subjects at school. One of my favourite articles is by Susan Hallam and Kevin Rogers at Institute of Education, London. Download it here.

If you’re thinking of instrumental lessons for your child, why not come and join us at an Autumn Term Time Course starting in September at a Strings Club near you? 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. Not to be missed!

Find out more here

 

 

 

5 Reasons to join our award-winning Holiday Camps!

Our award-winning Holiday Camps are starting this week! If you haven’t booked your child’s place at one of our Holiday Camps we a giving you five very good reasons to persuade you to come and join us this Easter.

Reason One:

(The clue is in the title) We are award-winning! We will be providing your child with the very best musical learning experience this Easter holiday!

Reason Two:

We’re Flexible! Whether you only want to book for the half a day or the whole five day experience, you can book whatever suits you and your child!

 

Reason Three:

They’re Fun filled! Packed with unmissable musical experiences combined with exciting activities! Next week, your child could be exploring the wonderful world of Roald Dahl through music!

 

Reason Four:

It’s a happy, safe and secure environment! At our Ofsted  Registered Holiday Camps we ensure a safe space for your child to build positive relationships; where they can learn to be strong and independent!

Reason Five:

We have an offer on this Easter Holiday! Come join us at one of our Holiday Camps in Tooting, Greenwich or Sutton Coldfield this Easter and bring a friend for FREE! Just call the office on 0121 296 9204 with your child and their friend’s details to claim this great offer!

Well here are our five reasons! Hopefully this inspires you to book your child’s place at one our Holiday Camps this Easter! Book Today!

Book one of our Holiday Camps here 

Have you claimed your free day yet?

Have you booked a programme with us in 2018?

Whether a Holiday Camp, Term Time Course or Party, if you’ve booked with us in 2018 so far, you can take advantage of our brand new “Recommend a Friend” offer.

Recommend us to a friend and once they book with us you’ll be able to claim your FREE DAY with us at one of our multi award-winning Holiday Camps – worth at least £35.

If you recommend to five  friends and they book – that’s five free days at a Holiday Camp!

So what are you waiting for? Get recommending and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Join us at our Roald Dahl week this Easter!

We are super excited for our Roald Dahl week coming up soon, held at all Holiday Camps across London and the Midlands. To commemorate our Roald Dahl themed Holiday Camps, starting Monday 9th April, we have chosen some jokes to tickle your funny bone and get you in high spirits for our Holiday Camps.

From learning fun facts about the infamous writer and creating their very own Roald Dahl  inspired poster to learning about the Sounds and Colours of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, your child will travel through the world of some of the Roald Dahl’s classics and learn the about the stories behind them. This is an unmissable week!

Download the full timetable for the week here 

Taken from “Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Joke Book”, here are our top five jokes inspired by some Dahl’s classics.

The Twits

“Knock, knock!

Who’s there?

Twit.

Twit who?

I don’t speak owl, let me in!

Three Little Pigs

Did you hear about the pig with a rash?

He needed a little oinkment!

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory

What do you call an underground train full of professors?

A tube of Smarties!

Fantastic Mr Fox

What do you call on Donkey on three legs?

a Wonkey

The BFG

Why don’t Giants eat clowns?

Because they taste funny!

Try some of these with your child, and get them giggling!

Book one of our Holiday Camps here 

Check Out Our “Meet the Team” Series of Videos

At The Strings Club, we’re super proud to work with some of the UK’s best teachers and childcare practitioners who are hand picked for their experience, professionalism and friendliness.

We’re happy to present our brand new series of short videos introducing our fantastic team – asking them a range of questions from how they started learning their instruments to their top practice tip!

Introduce our very first video and the brilliant Edward Black who works for us as a guitar and ukulele teacher in London.

To keep up with our amazing new “Meet the Team” video series, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

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Our new collaboration with Symphony Hall

2018 is heading to be an amazing year for us and we’re already very proud of our new collaborations with the Town Hall Symphony Hall –  one of the world’s finest concert venues and home to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Taking place on Saturday 26th May, The Strings Club will be offering their award-winning Discovery Day event in the grand foyer of Symphony Hall.  We are super excited about this and look forward to further events taking place in collaboration with the Birmingham city centre venue.

Director of Sales and Marketing Richard Loftus, “Since learning of The String Club’s fantastic work, in and around Birmingham, Town Hall Symphony Hall have been eager to collaborate on a project which introduces even more young people to string music in all its forms.” 

Our Discovery Days are the perfect way to ignite your child’s love of music. Packed full of unmissable musical activities, we promise to inspire your child from the offset, taking them on a memorable musical adventure! 

What to expect on the day:

  • A wonderfully interactive introduction to stringed instruments
  • Memorable performances from our professional teachers
  • Two 20-minute lessons on either ukulele, violin or guitar

 

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 with us, your child will be able to try out two new instruments of their choice and experience two 20 minute lessons – all for free! But quick – places are filling up very quickly!

Keep checking our blog for our upcoming brand new concert series “Concert and Cake Concerts” – starting June!

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The Strings Club wins “Scale Up Business of 2018”

At a glitzy event on the afternoon of Friday 16th March influential businessmen and women saw The Strings Club win the coveted “Scale Up Business of the Year”, held at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham.

The annual awards showcase the best small businesses from the length and breadth of the UK, offering national recognition for those who have made the biggest impression over the last 12 months, recognising the business achievements and hard work, brilliance and innovation of some of the UK’s most successful small businesses.

After receiving the award director Amy Cunningham said “I am very proud to be able to accept this award on behalf of the amazing team at The Strings Club. The last 12 months have been an incredible year for us, from winning at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards to launching in several new areas successfully. We are so pleased that our hard work has been recognised in this way – to win such a coveted award is a huge thing for us. We are now running in 7 regions in the UK with plans to expand to 3 more in the next 12 months. So it is onwards and upwards from here on in too!” 

Ray Hickinbottom, FSB West Midlands Regional Chairman states, “It’s been thrilling to see so many of the region’s businesses enthusiastically take part in our awards and the sheer scale and diversity of those who entered is a testimony to the vitality of the small business community in the West Midlands.”

The Strings Club runs multi award-winning music education programmes across the UK providing opportunities to inspire children through music including Holiday Camps, Term Time Classes, Parties and a School Music Support Service.

Having won “Scale Up Business of 2018”, The Strings Club are looking for people to join them on their expansion via various platforms from Area Ambassador to potential franchisee.

If you would like The Strings Club to come to your area please contact amy@thestringsclub.org

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Special New Partnership in Greenwich

We are delighted to announce a special new partnership with James Wolfe Primary School in SE10 – somewhere we are very excited to call a home for our award -winning programmes in Greenwich.

James Wolfe School and The Strings Club share a lot of common values. We inspire children to  learn new skills, promote confidence and help children fulfill their potential. We’re sure our new partnership will be fruitful and we are very excited about our new home in a new area of South East London

We are delighted to be offering all of our programmes to aspiring young musicians aged 4-11 in the Greenwich area, with Term Time Courses, Holiday Camps and Discovery Days to look forward to in the New Year 2018.

Here is what is happening at a glance in January and February:

Term Time Courses – 10 weekly music lessons, starting Saturday 13th January

Enhance your child’s development with our weekly music classes, set within a fun, supportive and rewarding environment and led by the UK’s top string teachers. Each Term Time Course is lovingly developed by our team of experienced string specialists, taking into consideration every aspect of your child’s development. Beginning Saturday 13th of January, children aged 4-5 in Reception can learn violin and those in Year 1 and above can learn Guitar.

Holiday Camps – Running every school holiday, coming up next in Feb Half Term and Easter Ofsted/EYFS registered, flexible, full time childcare every school holidays

Packed with fun-filled, unmissable musical experiences, our Ofsted registered Holiday Camps for children aged 4 – 11 bring together the very best of childcare and music education to engage and inspire your child and because of our Ofsted status you can even pay by childcare vouchers. It is our passion and dedication in promoting the learning and development of all children in our care that stands our Camps apart. Book from a half day, with standard hours 9.30am to 4pm, and a wrap around option from/to 8am/5.45pm.

Discovery Days – perfect for those taking their first steps on their musical journey

Our Discovery Days are the perfect way to ignite your child’s love of music. 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 with us, your child will be able to try out two new instruments of their choice and experience two 20 minute lessons – all for free! Our next Discovery Day takes place on Saturday 6th of January from 10.30am to 12pm.

Find out more about what is going on in Greenwich or give our friendly office team a call on 0121 296 9204

 

Monthly Recommended Listening: ‘Spooky’ Halloween Edition

Welcome back to our Monthly Recommended Listening!

Every month, we are here to help you inspire your child with some season-appropriate classical pieces. Listening to music is not only enjoyable but is also beneficial in development many skills including coordination and self-confidence that will continue to be useful for your child throughout their lives.

This month, The Strings Club Head Office team has gathered for you the best ‘spooky’ pieces of music alongside some fun facts and links to YouTube and Spotify to celebrate Halloween!

1) Toccata and Fugue in d minor, J.S. Bach

Bach’s Toccata and Fugue is one of the most well-known pieces of music associated with Halloween. This spooky organ piece fits in perfectly with the season with its creepy sounds, imitating the sound of creaking boards and ghosts.

Listen to Toccata and Fugue on YouTube or Spotify.

2) Piano Sonata No.2: III. ‘Funeral March’, Frederic Chopin

Chopin’s iconic ‘Funeral March’ which appeared in the 1830s as the third movement in his Piano Sonata No. 2 was first performed at Chopin’s own funeral. The work imitates the solemn pace of a funeral procession – an exceptionally beautiful yet haunting piece.

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isten to Piano Sonata No.2 on YouTube or Spotify.

3) Symphonie fantastique: Fifth movement, Hector Berlioz

‘The Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath’ is the fifth movement from Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. It depicts the scene of demons and sorcerers gathered to celebrate the Sabbath night. Listen closely – Can you hear the bells ringing towards the middle of the piece?

Listen to Symphonie fantastique on YouTube or Spotify.

What next?

If you like the sound of these spooky pieces of classical music, why not join us at our Holiday Camps this October Half Term where we take your child on a spook-tacular musical adventure with a range of Franken-tastic Halloween-themed workshops!

From Halloween arts & crafts to drama workshop on ‘The Wizard Of Oz’, there’s something for everyone!

 

 

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