Even though our rehearsals are currently suspended our teachers have been hard at work preparing e-learning material. Please check back on this page to see the latest updates.

Guide

e-Learning Guide

Welcome to the e-Learning catalogue. Please select a group from the list above to view the available material.

Brass Buttons and CBreeze

Brass Buttons and CBreeze

You can find below learning material, music, and backing tracks to the following pieces:

  • Spiders
  • SpaceTrek
  • Aliens
  • SpyFall
  • Special Learning Material

Spiders


SpaceTrek


Aliens


Spyfall


Specials


Gentle Breeze

Brass Bop Accompaniment:

Airwaves

Airwaves

Hello, lovely Airwaves members!

It’s taken a while, but I’ve reworked an arrangement of the Muppet Show Theme for you to try.
The original C and B flat melodic parts will be fine for flute, 1st clarinet and 1st trumpet players. Ruby could try the part 2 in C on your oboe. I’ve written easier trumpet and clarinet parts, so 2nd and 3rd trumpets and Eloise can try them or have a go at the harder parts if you like. Sax and horn players, I’ve written parts for you to try. Sonnie can try the original bass part as it’s in C. The original percussion part was not much good, but I’m sure Wilbee can put something imaginative to the audio track! The audio track has no melody as it’s just the instruments I wrote the extra parts for, but it should be ok to play along with. I’ll look forward to hearing the band play it when we meet again. Good luck!
Chris

Youth Orchestra and Middle Fiddles

Youth Orchestra and Middle Fiddles

Welcome to the world of virtual rehearsals and performances!
Scroll down to find downloadable materials for a variety of pieces, some just for strings and others for the combined might of the full Youth Orchestra and Middle Fiddles, including wind and brass.
The list so far (see below) includes

For full orchestra (Youth Orchestra woodwind, brass & strings and Middle Fiddles)

  • HUNGARIAN MARCH (Berlioz) *NEW*
  • The CARNIVAL of the ANIMALS
  • WEST SIDE STORY selection

For full strings (Youth Orchestra strings & Middle Fiddles)

  • ANDANTE FESTIVO (Sibelius) for Youth Orchestra strings and Middle Fiddles
  • LIBERTANGO (Astor Piazolla) for Youth Orchestra strings and Middle Fiddles
  • DANCE No.3 (Miklos Kocsar) for Youth Orchestra strings and Middle Fiddles

For Middle Fiddles

  • SUMMER STOMP for Middle Fiddles strings

As time goes by we will be adding to these so do check this website regularly for updates.
ENJOY ! . . . .
Neil & Maggie Courtney

NEW! Hungarian March

(Youth Orchestra woodwind, brass & strings and Middle Fiddles)

Carnival of the Animals

(Full Youth Orchestra and Middle Fiddles)

West Side Story

(Full Youth Orchestra and Middle Fiddles)

Andante Festivo

(Youth Orchestra Strings and Middle Fiddles)

Libertango

(Youth Orchestra Strings and Middle Fiddles)

Dance No.3 for Strings

(Youth Orchestra Strings and Middle Fiddles)

Summer Stomp

(Middle Fiddles)

Ukulele Group

Ukulele E-Learning 1
Author:R Edgerton
Date:April 25, 2020
Ukulele Group Newsletter 2 Docx
Author:R Edgerton
Date:May 2, 2020
Ukulele Group Newsletter 3
Author:IW Music Centre
Date:May 16, 2020
Ukulele No.4
Author:IW Music Centre
Date:June 9, 2020
Ukulele Group Newsletter 6 Docx
Author:IW Music Centre
Date:June 29, 2020
Ukulele Group Newsletter 5 Docx
Author:IW Music Centre
Date:June 29, 2020

Pied Pipers

Pied Pipers

Hello everyone

Here a few tunes for you to play complete with downloadable printed music (PDF files) and audio recordings (MP3 files) for you to play alongside, karaoke style!

There is also a fingering and note chart to help with anything you might have forgotten!

Your two challenges are the F# and low D – remember strong fingers but gentle breathing!

Practise the tricky bits first before you try the whole piece and remember to tongue every note.

Start with the F# finger exercise and then try Old MacDonald & Tom the Piper’s Son. Move on to the Grand Old Duke of York when you are confident with your F#

Maggie Courtney

MC Wind Band

Music Centre Wind Band

Practice notes!
HI everyone, here are just a few practice tips for the new score which
is available here on the E-learning section of the website.
Have a listen to the score through on Youtube…I’ve sent a link that
you can follow. Some of the music you may not know, such as
‘Driving Miss Daisy’….(no, I didn’t know it either!), so try and
familiarise the less known stuff before you practise it.
Driving Miss D is the first section, with some nice syncopated quaver
melodies. The tutti section at bar 25 eg , needs to be really precise
and all the accented off beats very clear. Have a really solid 4/4
pulse in your – even though you’re playing off the beat. That will help
when we put it together- its hard to do when there’s no Perc playing
the pulse!
Next section is from Gladiator…yes, similar to our other
arrangement, but watch out for some different voicings and
dynamics.
The next short section is from Madagascar…again, I didn’t recognise
this, but lots of staccato quavers and the melody is very off beat and
syncopated. Careful that you don’t rush – again, have a steady pulse
in your head while playing. I think we should maybe repeat this
section as it works well.
Roll Tide has a lovely Trumpet solo (Volunteers…?), and nice long
notes to accompany. Percussion have Semi-quavers which need to
be very steady- these should sound great with long, quiet chords
underneath.
The last section is more familiar stuff from Pirates, but watch for some
slightly different keys than you’re used too and the occasional odd
bar of 5 or 2/4.
I’ve checked the video as regards pitch and its pretty much bang on,
so I would recommend playing along if you can!
Enjoy!
Clive.


Jazz Band

Jazz Band

Hi Everyone,
Hope it’s all going ok and you’re keeping well? Here are just a few
notes about the 2 new pieces for Jazz band, which I hope you’ve had
a chance to look at.

Freedom at Midnight
This is a typical jazz funk style piece which works really well for
band I think. As always with this style, its essential we have a really
tight rhythm section and sharp syncopations throughout.
Figure B has some nice semi figures for the saxes..very often starting
after a semi quaver rest, so careful not to be late on each one and
aim for the next on-beat.
The rest of the piece is fairly straightforward apart from the odd
tricky melodic figures such as at D. As usual with these, the pulse in
your head is essential and make sure the accents are exact and
phrases are always leading somewhere!
I’ve added a link to the Youtube version- the track isn’t in the same
key, so you won’t be able to play along I’m afraid…it’s a bit 80’s funk,
but I think it’ll work well for band!
I’ll send some more stuff through shortly,
Take care for now,
Clive.

Percussion

Percussion Ensemble

Hi All,
Hope you are all keeping well! Here are the parts for the Perc piece were rehearsing last term. I thought it would be good to refresh your memories of this …it was sounding really good last time we ran it through! Let’s hope its not too long before we perform it! It would be great if you could look at all the different parts- most of the rhythms can be played on a kit (apart from the Vibe obviously!). Really the main rhythmic bits are the syncopated sections at bar 22/23 for example and the accents in the semi-quaver bars.
The section from D onwards was sounding superb…..keep the semis even when moving from the head to the drum rim and watch the 7/8 bars!
I’ll be putting some new stuff on shortly,
Chees for now,
Clive.

Senior Recorders

Senior Recorder Ensemble

Hello everyone
Just to stop you getting bored here are some pieces for you to have a go at.

Sailor’s Hornpipe
Beethoven Trio Finale
Recorder Calypso

The Hornpipe (descant only) is a bit of fun and a real technical challenge, needing really neat staccato and slurs. See how fast you can get it and impress me at our next rehearsal.
For the Trio and Calypso I would suggest that Ellie and Marianna look at the descant, Karina the treble and Poppy the tenor.
Follow the links below to find downloadable parts and recordings to enable you to play along, karaoke style!

Maggie Courtney

Sailor’s Hornpipe


Beethoven Trio Finale


Recorder Calypso

Choirs

Jurgita has recommended that Choir members should use the following videos for warm-up and practicing:

Warm Up Exercises

Practice

Rachmaninoff; Bogorditse Devo:

Rutter; A FLower Remembered

Newsletters

Newsletters:

Music Hub Newsletter 1
Author:IW Music Hub
Date:March 30, 2020
Instrumental Newsletter 1
Author:IW Music Hub
Date:April 17, 2020
Music Hub Newsletter 2
Author:IW Music Centre
Date:April 17, 2020
Instrumental Newsletter 3
Author:IW Music Hub
Date:May 6, 2020
KS1 And KS2 Home Learning Hub Newsletter Summer 2
Author:IW Music Hub
Date:May 6, 2020
KS1 & KS2 Music Hub Activities Newsletter Summer 3
Author:IW Music Centre
Date:May 16, 2020
Instrumental Newsletter 4
Author:IW Music Centre
Date:May 16, 2020
Instrumental Newsletter 5
Author:IW Music Centre
Date:June 3, 2020
KS1 & KS2 Music Activities Newsletter Summer 4
Author:IW Music Centre
Date:June 3, 2020
Instrumental Newsletter 6a
Author:IW Music Centre
Date:June 3, 2020
Safeguarding
Author:IW Music Centre
Date:June 9, 2020
Instrumental Newsletter 8
Author:IW Music Centre
Date:June 17, 2020
KS1 & KS2 Music Hub Activities Newsletter Summer 8
Author:IW Music Centre
Date:June 17, 2020
KS1 & KS2 Music Hub Activities Newsletter Summer 9
Author:IW Music Centre
Date:June 29, 2020
Instrumental Newsletter 9
Author:IW Music Centre
Date:June 29, 2020

Other Resources

Other Material:

  • Spyfall Audio File for CBreeze E-Learning
  • Bandlab – FREE Starter Songwriting Course for Students, Teachers & Parents from Bandlab: https://learning.inclusivemusic.com/courses/bandlab-for-schools-free-covid-19-edition
  • Music Exams (ABRSM) – Many students who receive lessons are entered for ABRSM music grade exams.  As some of you may be aware ABRSM have several apps available to provide support for students preparing for their exams.  These may be of particular use given the current situation we are now working in.  Please see this guide for more information.