Why English Music Academy?
English Music Academy nurtures and fosters creativity in music performance. We celebrate the joy of music, it's cultural influence on our everyday lives and we value the musicians who create and perform for the benefit of others. EMA is aspirational in its aim to take students to the next stage of their musical development. Forward momentum is an essential element in musical development and EMA is focussed on high level tuition for all, irrespective of levels of attainment.
What's different about EMA?
EMA is a collaborative organisation that organises bespoke courses in partnership with other educational establishments. These courses bring additional benefit to the creative work that is already in place and are focussed towards the needs and requirements of each partner. All EMA tutors are high-performing professional musicians with the necessary teaching skills to continue the development of the students. EMA musicians also work closely with local instrumental music teachers to ensure that the philosophy behind each course is unified, joined up and based on shared values.
What are its objectives?
EMA's objectives are to encourage all young people to experience the joy of learning and performing a musical instrument and for this experience to bring benefit to their personal, social, educational and family lives. By initiating partnerships through an initial one day collaborative bespoke course it allows both organisations to develop a longer term relationship that is based on mutual understanding and an appreciation of the needs and requirements of the host school or college. With EMA's links to the professional world of performance it offers the opportunity for exciting musical opportunities as part of the education and community work of the London Mozart Players. It also creates new project work and builds networks to encourage new audiences. EMA aims to to deliver innovative teaching practice and related concert activity and espouses an inclusive approach to all projects (social background, diversity, disadvantaged)
Would EMA collaborate with my school or college?
EMA welcomes collaborations with all educational establishments. An initial one day course can be developed specifically to bring added benefit to the existing music provision. EMA can also advise on setting up new projects such as a choir or instrumental ensemble and can structure individual or ensemble repertoire geared to existing levels of attainment. For advanced musicians side-by-side projects with musicians from the London Mozart Players culminating in a public performance is one example that creates enthusiasm and raises performance levels.
What's the connection with English Brass Academy and the London Mozart Players?
English Brass Academy was founded in 2010 by trumpeter Paul Archibald. Initially offering residential courses, EBA now organises bespoke brass courses and festivals throughout the world. All these events work on a collaborative model and, as a result of this experience, Paul and his team are keen to share their experience with instrumentalists outside the brass family but utilising the creative and holistic ideas they have developed over many years of teaching. Paul is also Chairman of the London Mozart Players, one of the world's leading chamber orchestras, who were the first orchestra to prioritise work in education and the community. Having a world class orchestra linked to EMA impacts greatly on the aspirational thinking behind EMA's musical philosophy an brings in expertise and musicianship of the highest level for the benefit of all students.
Why is music so important anyway?
Music is an art form that is found in every culture of the world. It allows everyone to explore their own creativity and to express themselves in a way that brings benefit to others. The perseverance and self-discipline it takes to learn an instrument impacts on organisational skills and, as most musicians perform as part of a group, places an emphasis on team building and communication. Musical empathy helps coordination, reading and comprehension and assists young minds in understanding the importance of responsibility. Music performance demands high levels of concentration but activates self-esteem and creates a real sense of self-worth and achievement. Confidence within social groups, increased listening skills and a happier, more fulfilled lifestyle are all added benefits brought about by playing a musical instrument.
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