Monthly Recommended Listening: Winter-inspired pieces for your cosy nights

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 come up with a list of some of the best classical pieces inspired by the coldest season of the year.

Why not sit back with a lovely cuppa and cosy blanket and enjoy our winter playlist?

1) Children’s Corner: IV. The Snow is Dancing, Claude Debussy

Debussy’s Children’s Corner is a suite for solo piano inspired by his three year-old daughter, Chou-Chou’s toy collection and was intended to evoke childhood memories. His 4th movement, The Snow is Dancing, illustrates scenes of a child watching the snow fall from indoors on a dark winter afternoon.

Listen to The Snow is Dancing on YouTube or Spotify.

2) Symphony No.1, ‘Winter Daydreams’, Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.1 was written in 1866 when Russia was considered to be the land without the symphony. Having recently been appointed to a job at the Moscow Conservatory, the musical prodigy saw this as a chance to provide them with a great symphony the country desperately needed.

Listen to Symphony No.1 on YouTube or Spotify.

3) The Four Seasons. ‘Winter’, Antonio Vivaldi

Our ‘Winter’ playlist cannot be complete without mentioning Vivaldi’s famous violin concerto. This work illustrates different elements of winter: trembling with cold in the freezing snow in the 1st movement, the beautiful 2nd movement illustrates days spent by the fire and the 3rd and last movement is all about slow walk on ice.

Listen to The Four Seasons, ‘Winter’ 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 some instruments and receive trial lessons, all for free!

 

 

Find your nearest Discovery Days here

Spring Term is on sale – Save with our Early Bird offer!

We are delighted to announce that our programmes for 2018 are now on sale!

 

Whether it is our Term Time Courses or Holiday Camps you are after, make sure to book in advance to take advantage of our Early Bird prices. Offer ends Friday 15th December. This offer is applicable for our Holiday Camps and new Term Time Customers only.

 

Save up to £54* on our Beginners Term Time Courses!

Term Time Courses Spring 2018

– Saturday 13th January – Saturday 24th March

  • Minis (aged 4-5) for just £127.50 (West Midlands) / £153 (London) – saving you up to £27
  • Sound Start (aged 6+) for just £144.50 (West Midlands) / £170 (London) – saving you up to £30

There are limited places available, so book today!

Click your area to find out which classes are running in the Spring Term:

West Midlands: Harborne | Sutton Coldfield 

London:  Islington | Brockley | Greenwich 

 

Save up to £60.75** on our Holiday Camps!
  • February Half Term Holiday Camp (London)

– Monday 12th – Friday 16th February

  • February Half Term Holiday Camp (West Midlands)

– Monday 19th – Friday 23rd February

  • Easter Week 1 (London & West Midlands)

– Tuesday 3rd – Friday 6th April

  • Easter Week 2 (London & West Midlands)

– Monday 9th – Friday 13th April

As an added bonus, there’s also a 10% sibling discount you can use in conjunction with the Early Bird offer.

Our Holiday Camps are running in the following areas:

West Midlands: Harborne | Sutton Coldfield 

London: Hampstead Islington | Brockley | Balham | Greenwich 

 

Find your nearest String Club here

 

* Prices based on 2 children attending in London and taking advantage of our 10% sibling discount
** Prices based on 2 children attending in North London and taking advantage of our 10% sibling discount

Fun music games to play with your child this Half Term

I hope you’re all having a fantastic Half Term. As a mum myself, I understand it can be a bit tricky to keep your child/ren constantly entertained and that’s why I have come up with some easy but fun music games to play at home, especially with this gloomy weather! Take a look at our suggestions below and if you have any great games, we’d love to hear them on our Facebook page.

 

1. Musical Statues

This is a classic music-based game and perfect for those who love to dance!

1. Simply get them to dance to their favourite music.

2. When the music stops, they must freeze!

3. Forget to freeze? Then, you’re out!

Why not get them to think about how the music makes them feel while dancing to it – Does the music make them feel happy or sad?

Talk about what action might go with these emotions too (ie. A happy song might make you feel like you want to ‘bounce’ or ‘skip’ etc.)

2. Only The Strings

This is a particularly fun game to play with your child whilst learning about everything ‘string-related’!

1. Get your child to face you and demonstrate a movement with your hand.

2. If you say any string-related word while making the movement, the children should also make the same movement. (You can use words like ‘violin’, ‘cello’, ‘string’, ‘bow’ etc.)

3. If you say anything else while making the movement, the children should remain still.

4. Keep making different movements with your body, calling out string-related words and non-string-related words randomly.

3. Guess That Sound!

A great game to boost your child’s listening skills!

1. Get your child to close their eyes and simply make a sound using anything in the room.

2. When they open their eyes, encourage them to guess the sound they heard!

3. Can they recreate the same noise as you?

Some of the sounds you may be able to use are keys jingling, opening and closing a cupboard & drawing the curtains etc.

Do you have any suggestions?

I would love to hear your ideas too – please visit our Facebook page or contact me on amy@thestringsclub.org.

 

 

 

Share your favourite music games here

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!

 

 

Find your nearest Holiday Camps here

Celebrating our new partnerships – We are teaming up!

We’re delighted to announce that we’re teaming up with The Royal Schools of Music, pre-school music organisation Rhythm Time and the truly delicious Boston Tea Party!

The Strings Club has worked with The Royal Schools of Music over the last few years to ensure your child will be able to regularly work towards something exciting and worthwhile on our Term Time Courses. Exciting new additions include Rhythm Time and Boston Tea Party – Find out more about our brand new partnerships below!

 

Music Medals, The Royal Schools of Music

The Strings Club is 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.

 

 

Rhythm Time

Offering weekly classes for newborns to pre-school children, Rhythm Time is perfectly placed to start every child’s musical journey before joining The Strings Club at age 4.

Founder Kathy Doolan states “We are delighted to be in partnership with The Strings Club and it is a very exciting opportunity for our pupils. Our courses are a perfect preparation for playing any string instrument and this partnership means our pupils can progress onto the next step in their musical journey.”

 

Boston Tea Party

With a range of delicious cakes, organic dishes as well as some yummy coffee, funky independent café, Boston Tea Party is teaming up with The Strings Club in September 2017. Our award-winning Discovery Days will be taking place at a range of Boston Tea Party venues.

 

Join us at our Discovery Day at Boston Tea Party venues!

Read more about our exciting partners

Our fabulously spooky workshops this October Half Term!

Although it seems like the long summer holidays have only just come and gone, the October Half Term is also around the corner! 

This October Half Term, we will be taking your child on a spook-tacular adventure at our award-winning Holiday Camps with a range of Halloween-themed workshops to compliment our high-quality small group instrumental classes.

At our Ofsted-registered Holiday Camps, your child can enjoy making new friends, build confidence and develop not only musical, but also personal skills whilst being in a friendly, safe and truly inspiring environment.

The workshop theme for October Half Term is everything Halloween! This will ensure consistency throughout the week whilst maintaining the high-quality of engaging activities we offer. Through this, we aim to guide the development of every child’s capabilities and skills on a daily basis to ensure that they truly benefit from our award-winning Holiday Camps.

Here are some of our hauntingly magical workshops carefully created by our Digital Marketing and Events Assistant, Asako, taking place this time around!

Imagination Station

Get your creativity ready with this highly exciting workshop! There will be a variety of arts & crafts based on the theme of the week – Halloween. Let’s see where our imagination takes us!

Join us on Monday 23rd October

 

 

Performarama

Based on the magical story of “The Wizard Of Oz”, children will be encouraged to act out as their favourite characters. They will also be exploring what happens on the ‘yellow brick road’ as they create their own additions to the story – What a fantastic session for your child to boost that confidence!

Join us on Tuesday 24th October

Music In Motion

It’s time to express yourself! This workshop based on Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” will encourage your child to express themselves by exploring dance and body movements.

Join us on Wednesday 25th October

 

 

Meet The Composer

The composer of the week is Hector Berlioz, best known for his “Symphonie Fantastique”. In this workshop, we explore how the orchestral effects are used within the work to create the scene of a gathering of witches!

Join us on Thursday 26th October

Pieces Of Me

In all the excitement of the activities during the Halloween season, the dangers can often be forgotten. In this inspiring workshop, we explore how we can keep safe on the night.

Join us on Friday 27th October

 

Book now to avoid disappointment!

Our October Half Term Holiday Camps are already 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 | Solihull

Join us this October Half Term

Director Amy is shortlisted for The Great British Entrepreneur Awards!

We’re delighted to announce that The Strings Club founder and director, Amy Cunningham, has been shortlisted for the Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year Award at this year’s NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards!

The Strings Club beat off some competition in order to make the regional shortlist, with over 1000 businesses entering the awards nationally across the wide range of categories.

Now in its fifth year, the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards acknowledges the hard work and inspiring stories of British entrepreneurs and businesses in Great Britain.

Since launching in 2012, The Strings Club has gained wide recognition for its refreshing approach to music tuition. From this year alone, we have been nominated for ‘Businesswoman of the Year Award’ for Birmingham Awards as well as “Best Independent Children’s Activity” for Whats On 4 Kids Awards.

Take a look at the rest of our awards 

Monthly Recommended Listening: Classical Music for the Autumn Season

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 developing 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 come up with a list of classical music alongside some fun facts and links to YouTube and Spotify to celebrate the season of the golden leaves and misty mornings.

1) The Four Seasons “Autumn”, Antonio Vivaldi

Vivaldi’s “The Fours Seasons” were written to portray the events and emotions of the seasons. This set of movements in particular celebrates the harvest season with uplifting songs and dances. The final movement also illustrates a scene of brave hunters!

Listen to The Four Seasons “Autumn” on YouTube or Spotify.

2) Les Saisons “September: The Hunt”, Pyotr Tchaikovsky

The Russian composer’s “Les Saisons” is a set of twelve short character pieces for piano. His “September: The Hunt” portrays the hunters in their hunting dress mounted on their horses. Can you hear the horses galloping?

Listen to Les Saisons “September: The Hunt” on YouTube or Spotify.

3) Herbstrosen, Josef Strauss

The Strauss family was known for making dance music fashionable in the early 19th century, taking Vienna in particular by storm. Josef Strauss, the brother of Johann Strauss II, went on to write 283 compositions, including his Herbstrosen (‘The Autumn Rose’) in 1867.

Listen to Herbstrosen 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, all for free!

 

Find your nearest Discovery Days here

Welcome to Greenwich Strings Club

Welcome! I’m Amy and I’m the founder of The Strings Club. 

Music has always been important to me and it played a very big part in my childhood. As a child, I learned to play the violin within a small group setting and the confidence I gained from playing with others has really helped me in later life.

Having taught thousands of primary aged children,I firmly believe in the benefits of learning music in childhood and have seen through my own eyes what learning an instrument can do for a child.

So why not help your little one discover the magic of music for themselves! Read more on our Recommended First Steps for your little one or join us at one of our music programmes soon.

What we offer

Discovery Days

Packed full of high-quality, unmissable musical activities, this free event will inspire your child from the offset and give you the chance to see and hear the amazing things we have to offer. Your child will also get to try out two new instruments and experience two 20 minute lessons – all for free!

Term Time Courses  

Enhance your child’s development with our weekly ukulele, guitar, violin and cello classes – all set within a fun, supportive and rewarding environment. Our partnership with Music Medals, The Royal Schools of Music will also enable and inspire your child to achieve from the outset.

Holiday Camps

Rated 5* by parents on Netmums, our award winning Ofsted registered Holiday Camps bring  together the very best of music education and childcare to engage and inspire your child – every school holiday. Each day is wonderfully different, including a range of exciting workshops alongside high quality small group classes.

Parties 

Ukulele Gurus party with The Strings Club is packed full of high-octane party games, fun filled activities and memorable music-making. Free hire of a ukulele for each child too! From your initial enquiry to the “big day”, we believe your experience with us should be as hassle-free as possible.

 

Join us at one of our upcoming events soon:

 

Discovery Days:

Dates:

January – 6 January

February Half Term – 10 February

Easter Holiday – 31 March

Time: 10:30am – 12pm

Venue: James Wolfe Primary School with Centre for Deaf Children, Royal Hill Campus, Royal Hill, SE10 8RZ

 

Term Time Courses::

There are no more beginners places available in Balham and Tooting until Autumn 2018 – Sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear about the new courses available!

 

Holiday Camps:

Dates:

Easter Week 2 – 9 April – 11 April (Instrument choice available: ukulele / violin)

May Half Term – 29th May – 1st June

Time: Standard hours 9.30am – 4pm. Choose to book from half a day to the full 3-day experience! Early Bird and Late Club available too.

Venue: James Wolfe Primary School with Centre for Deaf Children, Royal Hill Campus, Royal Hill, SE10 8RZ

Have a question? Why not contact us here or give us a call on 0121 296 9204.

Our top tips in choosing an extra-curricular activity that suits your child!

Can you believe that the summer break is coming to an end already? We’ve had a fantastic summer, but it’s now time to get back into the ‘strings’ of things!

As a parent, you always want the best for your child, but choosing an activity can be a difficult and overwhelming process at times. From swimming to ballet classes, there are an ever-growing list of extra-curricular activities available – So, where do we start?

Here are some of my top tips to consider when choosing an extra-curricular activity.

1) Is your child in safe hands?

As a mum myself, I understand the importance of ensuring your child’s safety. Extra-curricular activities are extremely beneficial for your child’s development – They help them meet new friends, gain confidence, have unique experiences and learn new skills. Most organisations providing these activities have the children’s best interests at heart, but it’s not essential for them to undergo safeguarding training.

At The Strings Club, safeguarding is of paramount importance to us. Your child’s welfare is our number one priority and we do everything possible to ensure your child is safe at all times.

Please more information, please see our Your Peace of Mind.

2) Are you getting your money’s worth?

There are many benefits of letting your child participate in extra-curricular activities, but the one downside of the experience can be the cost. Sometimes we question its value for money when we see our children loafing around instead of concentrating on their skill building.

 

 

To ensure that there’re no hidden extra costs, our termly package for our Term Time Courses includes fantastic freebies below:

  • Weekly award-winning classes
  • Free welcome pack for both parent and child
  • Brand new music book – including a backing track CD
  • End of term report & certificate
  • End of term concert for friends and family
  • Hire of an instrument to take home for less than £3 per week!

3) Are you as a parent getting enough support?

Of course, most activity providers are extremely passionate about offering support and encouragement to the children that attend the activities, but at The Strings Club, we believe that you should be involved and supported just as much.

That’s why upon booking with us, you will receive a Welcome Pack including all the essential information you need for our Term Time Courses or a “5 days to go” email packed full of vital info for our Holiday Camps.

Our fantastic Head Office team is also available with just a phone call away if you ever need help with absolutely anything at all!

4) Is your child happy?

Ensuring your child’s happiness is extremely important – because if they aren’t, why waste your money?

Whether a Term Time Course, Holiday Camp or Party, we aim to give children of all abilities the opportunity to discover, develop and engage with music in a rewarding, safe and, most importantly, fun way. Our programmes are tailored to ensure your child gets the most out of their music education whilst having fun.

 

5) Are you taking advantage of any taster sessions?

If the activity provider is as professional as they say, they should be offering some sort of free sessions so that you can experience their service before splashing the cash.

At The Strings Club, we offer Discovery Days where your child can try out new instruments and experience trial lessons – all for free! Free taster sessions like ours are the perfect opportunity to find out more about the activities and to see if your child finds it enjoyable and motivated.

Why not join us on Saturday 16th September at your nearest Strings Club?

Share your tips with us!

Do you have any tips that aren’t on our list? We’d love to hear them!

Please share your top tips over on our Facebook page.

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