Chamber Music Courses
English Music Academy looks forward to welcoming students from the age of 7 years old who play an orchestral or band instrument, or who sing, and would like to work with our exceptional tutors in chamber ensembles.
The courses are holistic and cover all aspects of becoming a confident and competent performer, and having fun in the process! Students will play, sing, develop awareness of pulse and rhythm, learn how breathing and posture affect performance and improve scales and aural awareness. They will be taught relevant aspects of theory in order to give deeper understanding to their playing, receive tips to improve their sight reading and learn how to celebrate their ability and work by achieving peak performance. ENglish Music Academy courses include competitions, open mic sessions, student and tutor performances. Each concludes with a Grande Finale Concert to parents, in which every student will perform.

Breathing Gym
Breathing is as much at the heart of musical performance as it is in life. In this workshop, students are encouraged to focus on breathing as if they are singing their music, whatever instrument they play. We will discuss phrasing and musical line, and how to use the breath to focus and to help cope with performance anxiety.

Rhythm Gym
Becoming competent and confident with pulse and rhythm are key factors in becoming an excellent performer. Through games and exercises, we will help students become aware of their inner pulse and show how rhythm provides the foundation for performance.

Scale Club
So much music is made up of patterns, and by being able to recognise patterns such as scales and arpeggios, students will be able to approach their learning with greater confidence and certainty. Understanding how scales are constructed combined with a confident approach in performing them can be life-changing and empowering for all musicians.

Warm-ups
Whether a vocalist or instrumentalist, preparing physically is crucial for high-level performance . Students will be taught techniques to help prepare their mind and body allowing them to deliver at their best.

Chamber Ensembles - Brass, Woodwind, Strings, Percussion
We believe that playing and singing in chamber ensembles, where there is responsibility and accountability, is the best and most exciting way to learn to perform with others. It is hugely rewarding and lots of fun. Students will perform in various combinations of groups that will be both stimulating and challenging.

Sing
Everyone has a voice! In these sessions we will learn vocal technique, work on musical line and phrasing, sing in multiple parts and learn to sing confidently at sight - something which is hugely beneficial to both singers and instrumental players. Singing, when taught well, grows confidence and musicality in a special and unique way.

Sight Reading
It is always a challenge to play or sing a new piece of music, without stopping, and especially with other people. However, there are certain fundamental skills and processes which make reading unseen music more manageable and less daunting. We will help the students to become confident in these areas and to become more proficient sight readers.

Music Theory
Understanding how written music works is always beneficial. It enables and empowers musicians to make informed decisions about their performance, to understand about the music they are learning and to have an expectation of what others in their group will be playing. On English Music Academy courses, theory of music is taught in a practical and relevant way, linked to the pieces they are performing, helping students to understand and apply it in their performance.

Performance Skills
There is more to performance than learning a piece and playing it to an audience. Our tutors are highly experiencing performers and will share failsafe tips which ensure a strong performance. They will talk about performance anxiety, something almost everyone experiences, and how to reach peak performance level at the right time.

Improvisation
Improvisation is a lot of fun and fantastic results can be achieved in a short time using minimum musical material. Students are almost always happily surprised that, given the right parameters, they can create and perform successful pieces using improvisation.

Full Orchestra
it is always fun to experience the excitement of playing or singing in a large ensemble. The final piece in our programme will be just that, with all the students playing, singing or even both!

Open mic
During this session, students have the opportunity to show off their second instrument or their non musical skills. Bring along any props you need, and prepare to entertain your peers and tutors.

Tutors’ Concert
An opportunity for students to hear our highly experienced professional musicians play a variety of solo and ensembles pieces.

Soloists’ Competition
On the 4 Day course, students will have the opportunity to bring along a piece they have prepared and perform it in our course competition. The winner of the Junior and the Senior classes will play to parents and friends at the Grand Finale Concert.

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BBC Prom Concert
August 28 - Royal Albert Hall
BBC Proms, Ryan Wigglesworth conductor/piano, Paul Lewis piano