Re-enrolling For Spring Term – Open!

It’s that time of the year when we ask you to think about whether you’d like to join us again!  IMG_0607

Spring Term 2017 Dates:

Spring Term starts w/c 9th January 2017.

Important Information For Re-Enrolling For Next Term!

As the end of term draws near it is time to start thinking about the Spring Term – we really hope that your little one has had a fantastic time this Autumn and that you will be joining us again in 2017!

Important Changes To The Re-Enrolment Process

As busy parents we know that your time is precious. This is why your child’s re-enrolment will now be automatically processed on your behalf on Wednesday 16th November.

In order to secure your child’s place next term all you need to do is pay a deposit of 30% of next term’s fees. This can be done online or by calling Head Office on 0121 296 9204.

This deposit must be paid by Friday 25th November in order to secure your child’s place next term.

Payment Plans
To make things even easier, we’re absolutely delighted to announce that the remainder of next term’s fees can now be paid for via a payment plan!

Once we have received your deposit we will be in touch to enrol you in a Weekly or Monthly Payment Plan*.

This means you can defer paying the remainder of the fees until the new year and spread the cost over the Spring Term using our safe, simple, and reliable automatic billing system.

Click here to find out more or here to read full terms and conditions. DSCN0197

You & Your Child’s Details
If you or your child’s details have changed in any way or if you no longer wish to hire an instrument please inform Head Office ASAP by phone or email (we will assume that you wish to keep hiring the instrument unless otherwise informed).

Fancy A Change?
Ready to go it alone? If you do not intend for your child to join us next term you must inform us by Friday 25th November so we can free up the place in the class for another child.

If your child’s class becomes too small we may need to merge it with another class – should this be the case we will be in touch as soon as possible.

Keep In Touch!
If you have any questions about the re-enrolment process or what your child will be up to next term please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Our Head Office can be reached on 0121 296 9204 any weekday between 9am-5pm. Alternatively email info@thestringsclub.org.

Congratulations Music Medal Nominees!

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This summer term, a whopping 38 children have been nominated for a prestigious Music Medals award, part of The Royal Schools of Music – and we couldn’t be more proud!

Children at our Term Time courses across London and Birmingham will be taking their Music Medal award very soon. From Copper right up to Platinum (equivelent to Grade 4 standard).

To help your child practise for their upcoming Music Medal award at home, our founder and violinistAmy shares her top practice tips!

 

Top Tips by Founder, Amy

1. Firstly, don’t panic. Music Medals are designed to be fun so enjoy it. You can only try your best!

2. Be prepared – know exactly what you will need to do in the exam.  Each exam includes a ensemble piecesolo pieceoption test. Teachers will have gone through this but if you or your little one are unsure ask!

3. Practice at home – I suggest practising before going to school. So wake up, have some breakfast and get your instrument out and have a play! If you’d prefer a lie in, practise when you get home from school. You don’t need to practice for hours and hours a day – just the amount of time you think it takes to get a bit better at playing your songs!

4. Play for family and friends – it’s always good (as well as lots of fun) to play your instrument for those you live with as well as in school. Why not ask to play in front of y

our class? It’s a bit scary I know but once you start playing, you’ll forget that people are there! Plus not everyone can play an instrument so you should be very proud of yourself that you can!

5. Finally be happy! Not everyone gets nominated for a Music Medal award – be very proud of yourself!

 

 

Perhaps your child has a few top tips themselves to share with us? If so, I’d love to hear them! Please send us an email here and we can share them soon!

 

 

 Good luck! 

 

Find out more about Music Medals!

Music Medal Awards – Well Done Grace!

Well done to all children who took their music medal awards last term. We once again received fantastic results, with over 30 children earning a prestigious Music Medal Awardgrace 2

We would like to say an extra special, super congratulations to our Strings Club pupil Grace who received an Excellent in her Music Medal award!
Music Medals encourage children to celebrate the skills they have learnt during their time at The Strings Club and provide them with a true sense of achievement.
As partners with the Royal School of Music, any child enrolled on our guitar or violin term-time courses can work towards a Copper, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum  Music Medal – accredited within the National Qualifications Framework.

Rather than the formalised setting of a grade exam, Music Medals are based at our Strings Club venues and children have to prepare a solo piece, an ensemble piece and also a short musicianship test which can vary from sigh-reading to making up a tune!
Whereas typically it might take over two years for a beginner to reach grade 1, Music Medals can be achieved every term – giving something really worthwhile for your child to practice towards!

Summer Term Music Medal nominations are being sent out to parents this week – so keep your eyes peeled! Closing date is Monday 6th June.

 

Practice for your music medal at our Holiday Camp!

Top Tips – Looking After An Instrument!

Handle with care! Follow our very simple guide and your child’s instrument will stay in tip top condition! IMG_2402

#1 Clean the instrument with care and make sure your child always washes their sticky fingers after eating or playing outside before practising.

#2 Encourage your child put the instrument back into its case whenever it’s not being played, to keep it safe and protected. But don’t forget to make sure the case is securely fastened – so there are no accidents with instruments falling out when walking to the car or on the train!

#3 Don’t leave your instrument on the floor, where it can be knocked over or sat on! You never know, a clumsy Dad or pet may trip over it!

#4 Take care to store your instrument in a place with an even temperature – not too hot, or too cold. So no leaving it in the boot of the car on a chilly winter’s night or lent up against a radiator!

#5 Don’t turn the pegs! If the instrument is out of tune, we recommend waiting until your next lesson for the teacher to tune it for you. When pegs are turned, this can lead  broken strings!

Oops! We’ve broken a string!

Don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world!

If you have a rented instrument,simply let us our office team know ASAP so we can arrange for a spare string to be ready at your next lesson! Please arrive a few minutes earlier so your Strings Club teacher can prepare your child’s instrument before the lesson starts!

Shake it off & warm up those fingers!

Summer is over and it’s now time for your child to warm up those fingers after the long summer break, wipe the dust off their instrument and get back into the ‘string’ of it! Homepage girl 1170x473

Warming up the body before playing an instrument is super important, so why not try one of our popular warm up exercises at home?
We’ve included a couple of our favourites below. Did you know that just 10 minutes of daily practise can be a great way to inspire children to play!

The Funky Chicken!

This game is our all-time favourite! Simply sing the Funky Chicken song whilst making up some ridiculous actions to go alongside it – the sillier the better, in our opinion! Once your child has learnt the words and movements – why not have a little competition on who can do the best actions!
“How funky is your chicken? How loose is your goose? So come on all you people, and shake your caboose!”

The Clap When I Clap Game!

Get your child to rub their hands together to warm up their fingers. Then explain that whenever you clap, they clap!  Try to catch them out by doing slow movements, really fast movements or long pauses. You can also change the action to “when I pat my head” or “when I rub my belly”.
It’s a fun but simple game all the family can get involved in!

Find our more about our term-time courses!

What Are Music Medals?

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In the past few years we’re thrilled to have helped over 80 children earn a prestigious Music Medal Award! This weekend we will be presenting some of you String Club musicians their Music Medal certificates – congratulations to all of you!
Music Medals encourage children to celebrate the skills they have learnt during their time at The Strings Club and provide them with a true sense of achievement.

But what are Music Medals?

As partners with the Royal School of Music, any child aged 5-11 enrolled on our guitar or violin term-time courses can work towards a Copper, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum  Music Medal Award – accredited within the National Qualifications Framework.

Whereas typically it might take over two years for a beginner to reach grade 1, Music Medals can be achieved every term – giving something really worthwhile for your child to practice towards!
Rather than the formalised setting of a grade exam, Music Medals are based at our Strings Club venues and children have to prepare a solo piece, an ensemble piece and also a short musicianship test which can vary from sigh-reading to making up a tune!

Abilities move from complete beginners to Copper class (those who have played for one term) the onto Bronze (those who have played for two terms) and beyond to our intermediate ensembles!

Find out more about Music Medals!

Thank You For Joining Us!

Thank you for joining us at our Open Day

We had a fantastic day at our Open Days in Bournville, Harborne, Primrose Hill and Brockley on Saturday 9 January. It was great to meet so many budding musicians and to introduce parents and little ones to all areas of The Strings Club including Term-Time Coures, Holiday Camps and Parties.
The Strings Club also celebrated over 40 children earning their Music Medals by handing out certificates and badges in front of our Open Day attendees. Our amazing Strings Club children also performed for our audience, showing what you can achieve when you attend The Strings Club!

To see the full gallery of our Open Day please head over to our Facebook page.
If you and your child had fun at our Open Day and you are interested in joining us this Term-Time, lessons begin across London and Birmingham this week. To book your place give our friendly team a call on 0121 296 9204.

Book Your Term-Time Place Now!

Back to School Music Essentials!

We’ve had a great summer at our Holiday Camps, but now it’s time to head back to school!

The summer holidays may be drawing to a close but your little ones can continue to developing their musical talents this autumn with our award-winning Term-Time Courses!

Our weekly classes will continue to fuel your child’s passion for music whilst developing their musical skills, confidence, focus and social skills.

Did you know that musical education is a great way to enhance your child’s school life? Studies have proven that music supports brain development in young children, along with helping them to think creatively. Our group lessons also help children build team working and communication skills, as well as boosting self-esteem.

To help you inject a little bit of musical magic into the school day, we’ve discovered some brilliant stationery ideas from musicroom.com to pop into your little ones pencil cases!

From pens to activities books, you can make sure your child’s passion for music is seen by all the teachers and their friends at school!

Wavy Stave Music Bag Music Pencil Case Magnetic Keyboard Notepad

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12 Coloured Pencil Tin 15cm Keyboard Design Clear Ruler

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Find your nearest Strings Club:

South London: Brockley

North London: Belsize Park | Hampstead | Primrose Hill

Birmingham: Harborne | Bournville