Mini-Music for 4 to 7 year olds. This is a general introduction to music, in which the children are introduced to a different instrument of the orchestra each week. They hear it played, see how it works, have a go themselves and draw a picture of it to take home. They learn about composers and their music, they learn the beginnings of playing the recorder and reading and writing music, and much more. It is an invaluable course for children to discover that music is fun, and it gives them the opportunity to choose which instrument they might like to learn to play. Most children seem to have a special akinship to one instrument, which more than often is one towards which they seem to have a natural ability.
Fees: £65 per term (10 x 30 min sessions)
We have specialist Suzuki trained violin teachers who offers tuition to the very young. Remembering that Dr. Suzuki's philosophy was that children learn to speak the mother tongue by listening to their parents, (Chinese children speak perfect Chinese, French children speak perfect French! etc.) thus equally they can learn to play the violin by listening, long before they are able to read music. - just as we learn to pronounce language before we read it. So very young children learn to play be ear, and then follow up with sight-reading when they make a beautiful sound and play in tune. 'Suzuki' has a bad reputation as some say they can never sight-read, but nobody learns to read a language until they can pronounce the words, ditto in music. Regular group playing is an important part of the system, when all the young violinists meet to play together, and play musical learning games, and hear each other perform the pieces they will be learning. There is great value in these groups and at Hindhead they are more or less an essential part of learning to play the violin at an early age. The groups at Hindhead are on Saturday mornings, as advertised in our termly calendar.
Mini Strings is for children aged about 5 to 9 years, about grade 1 - 3, who meet on Saturdays at 3.00pm - 3.30pm. They learn to sight read, playing together, follow a beat, an excellent beginning to orchestral playing.
Surrey Young Strings is a delightful group of violin, viola, cellos and bass players, ranging from 7 -12 years about grade 3-6 who meet every Saturday at 3.30 - 4.30pm. They are a really proficient little orchestra of about 25 string players. Their conductor, Jo Hughes-Chamberlain has an infectious way of passing on her great enthusiasm and passion for music to her young players. They learn not only to sight-read, but to listen to each other, follow a beat, become part of a complete 'sound' and have the fun, pride and joy of playing together.
Hindhead Bach Ensemble is for children all ages and grade 4 to 7. This group meets on Saturdays, from 4.30pm - 5.15 pm.
Fees: Free to all!
Hindhead Hill is alive with the sound of music on Saturdays. Besides the normal individual tuition, there are theory classes for all grades, Violin Groups, Harp Groups, Orchestras, Choir, Concerts and much more.
Fee: Free to all!
Children Recorder Group
As a follow up to Mini Music, for children who are not quite ready to play an orchestral, wind or brass instrument, may find this class very valuable and a very good start. Fridays 4.00pm to 4.30pm.
Preliminary Piano Group
This group is for one term only introducing young children 4-5 years old to the piano, with games, puzzles, inventing tunes and a 5 minute daily practice session, to be followed next term by individual one to one piano lessons. An excellent way for very young children to start there music enjoyment.