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WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE – SCHOOL AGE STRING PLAYERS

WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE – SCHOOL AGE STRING PLAYERS

Welcome to October’s Mini Sessions. We have so many exciting things happening this month and we can’t wait to work with as many of you as possible.

Please read each workshop description carefully to find the most suitable programmes for you. Then click the link to sign up. Once you have signed up, the confirmation page on your form will ask you to come back to www.benedettifoundation.org/payments to send the admin fee and complete the sign up.  You may sign-up to more than one workshop.

Playing level recommendations are only there to help guide you - this should not stop you from signing up to a workshop you feel you would benefit from.

If you have an instrumental teacher, we recommend you discuss with them before signing up to the workshops. Your teachers are extremely valuable. If you are lucky enough to still be able to have your lessons, please continue to do so and ask for their advice and support over which workshops to join. If you currently don’t have a teacher and are unsure which workshops to join, please contact us and we will be happy to advise.

Please refer to the workshop descriptions for the sign-up closing dates. We can’t wait to see you all!

 

Beginner Upper Strings – Exploring Beginner Techniques

Monday 5, 12 and 19 October

5 - 5.30pm BST

A 3 part series exploring some of the most important (and the most fun) beginner techniques through a brand new piece written especially for this workshop. You will need to know G major 2 octaves for this workshop and it is recommended for young musicians of primary age working between Grades 1 – 3.

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Rachel Cooper

Ruth Nelson

  • Tutor: Rachel Cooper and Ruth Nelson

 

  • Participants: Primary School age violin and violists (5-11) who are playing between Grade 1-3 level. You will need to know G major 2 octaves for this workshop

 

  • Platform: Zoom

  

  • Admin Fee: £7.50 (financial support is available – please indicate on the sign up form)

  • Closing Date to Apply: THURSDAY 1 OCTOBER  

 

  • Information will be sent by SATURDAY 3 OCTOBER

 

Introduction to Vibrato for Cello

Monday 5, 12 and 19 October

6-6.30pm BST

A 3-part workshop for more advanced beginner / early intermediate cellists at the very beginning stages of learning vibrato. These workshops will slowly take you through the fundamentals of vibrato to help you approach the new technique with relaxation and flexibility and leave you with exercises to develop at home.

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David Munn

  • Tutor: David Munn

 

  • Participants: School age Advanced Beginner / Early Intermediate cellists beginning to explore vibrato

  • Platform: Zoom

 

  • Admin Fee: £7.50 (financial support is available – please indicate on the sign-up form)

 

  • Closing Date to Apply: THURSDAY 1 OCTOBER

 

  • Information will be sent on: SATURDAY 3 OCTOBER 

 

Advanced Vibrato (Higher Positions & Double Stops) for Upper Strings

Monday 5 and 12 October

7-8pm BST

A two-part series focusing on developing vibrato for advanced violinists & violists. A follow on to the July vibrato session, but equally as accessible to new participants, these sessions will allow you to extend your vibrato skills in the higher positions and with double stops and to explore the different colours and textures which can be achieved for different characters. This is recommended for advanced players

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Andrea Gajic

Jenny Lewisohn

  • Tutor: Andrea Gajic (Violin) and Jenny Lewisohn (Viola)

  • Participants: Advanced Violinists & Violists – your basic vibrato should be secure as these sessions will be working in high positions and on double stopping

  • Platform: Zoom

  • Admin Fee: £10 (financial support is available – please indicate on the sign-up form)

  • Closing Date to Apply: THURSDAY 1 OCTOBER

  • Information will be sent by SATURDAY 3 OCTOBER

 

Audition Tips for Advanced Musicians (age 15+) and Students

Tuesday 6 October

7-8pm BST

This one-hour intensive session is designed for young musicians considering or about to embark on conservatoire auditions, those auditioning for places in local or national youth orchestras or undergraduate students undertaking auditions in the coming weeks and months.

 

This session will be taken by Andrea Gajic and Julian Lloyd Webber both of whom have extensive experiences in conservatoire auditions. Andrea is a Professor of Violin at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and until just this past month, Julian was Principal of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. We are thrilled they have agreed to deliver this session.

 

We will also have a number of our Ambassadors, who between them have studied at all of the UK’s conservatoires, on the chat. You will be able to ask questions to them throughout the session. We’ll be talking about audition preparation from your repertoire choices to technical studies to orchestral excerpts.

 

This is designed to give you an overview into the experience and to help support those who may be considering this route in the near future. Teachers who have students at this stage or are interested in this topic are also invited to join us.

Julian Lloyd Webber

Andrea Gajic

  • Tutor: Andrea Gajic and Julian Lloyd Webber

  • Participants: Advanced Musicians (age 15+), Music Students (all levels), Recent Graduates, Instrumental Teachers

  • Platform: Zoom

  • Admin Fee: £10 (financial support is available – please indicate on the sign-up form)

  • Closing Date to Apply: SATURDAY 3 OCTOBER  

  • Information will be sent by MONDAY 5 OCTOBER 

 

Rhythm Basics for Beginners – All Instruments

Tuesday 6, 13 & 20 October

6 - 6.30pm BST

3 short sessions focused on developing the fundamentals of rhythm for beginner players. Open to young musicians at the beginning stages of all instruments (singers, strings, wind, brass, percussion – everyone is welcome) these sessions will allow you to develop a strong feel for the pulse, greatly help your sight reading and leave you with the tools to help you work out how to play a range of rhythms more confidently.

Elsa Bradley

Arlene Macfarlane

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  • Tutor: Elsa Bradley and Arlene Macfarlane

 

  • Participants: Primary Age Musicians, Beginning Stages of all instruments

 

  • Platform: Zoom

  

  • Admin Fee: £7.50 (financial support is available – please indicate on the sign-up form)

 

  • Closing Date to Apply: SATURDAY 3 OCTOBER 

 

  • Information will be sent on: MONDAY 5 OCTOBER

 

Get Creative! All Instruments (and no instrument at all!)

Saturday 10, 17 and 24 October

11-11.45am BST

A three-week project for primary aged children getting creative with percussion and song. Create your own junk percussion set, learn about pulse & rhythm, write your own song lyrics and take part in performing our unique composition written by the participants of this session. You don't need to play an instrument or have any experience in music to join in, just lots of enthusiasm, creativity and willingness to take part. For instrumentalists, you will have the opportunity to help develop your rhythm skills which will be transferable into your playing.

Elsa Bradley

Lucy Drever

  • Tutors: Elsa Bradley (Percussion) and Lucy Drever (Workshop Leader)

 

  • Participants:  Primary Age Children (4-11) – any instrument, or no instrument at all. Open to all children under the age of 11, and why not have the family join in with you!

  • Platform: Zoom

  

  • Admin Fee: : £12.50 (financial support is available – please indicate on the sign-up form)

 

  • Closing Date to Apply: WEDNESDAY 7 OCTOBER

 

  • Information will be sent on: FRIDAY 9 OCTOBER 

Musicians’ Wellbeing – Teachers, Students and Young Musicians Age 15+

 

Saturday 10, 17 and 24 October

3-4pm BST

Physiotherapist Dr Sarah Upjohn, who specialises in musicians and the prevention of musicians’ injuries, and violinists, yogis and co-founders of Intermission, Elena Urioste, Melissa White, will lead these 3-part Sessions.

 

These Sessions will focus on your role in maintaining your student’s physical and mental wellbeing. In Session 1 and 2, Sarah will focus on posture, sitting and standing positions for all instruments and as a registered physiotherapist will talk more about the strains and stresses on your student’s bodies and how to avoid injury before it happens. In Session 3, Elena and Melissa will work on a variety of breathing exercises and share how yoga has supported their journeys as violinists. They will be sharing exercises and routines you can safely use with your students and will also talk about this in relation to mental wellbeing.

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Dr Sarah Upjohn

Melissa White

Elena Urioste

  • Presenters: Dr Sarah Upjohn, Elena Urioste, Melissa White

  • Participants: Instrumental Teachers, Music Students and Young Musicians Age 15+ are welcome to join (with parental permission)

  • Platform: Zoom

  • Admin Fee: £15 (financial support is available – please indicate on the sign-up form)

  • Closing Date to Apply: WEDNESDAY 7 OCTOBER  

  • Information will be sent by FRIDAY 9 OCTOBER 

 

Beginner Vibrato for Upper Strings

Tuesday 13, 20 and 27 October

5-5.30pm BST

A 3-part workshop for more advanced beginner / early intermediate violin and viola players at the very beginning stages of learning vibrato. These workshops will slowly take you through the fundamentals of vibrato to help you approach the new technique with relaxation and flexibility and leave you with exercises to develop at home.

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Alex Laing

  • Tutors: Alex Laing

  • Participants:School age violin and viola players who are advanced beginner / early intermediate and just beginning to learn vibrato (please check with your instrumental teacher if possible before signing up)

  • Platform: Zoom

  • Admin Fee: £7.50 (financial support is available – please indicate on the sign-up form)

  • Closing Date to Apply: SATURDAY 10 OCTOBER  

  • Information will be sent by MONDAY 12 OCTOBER

 

Introduction to Harmony for All Young Musicians (age 8+)

Saturday 24 October

4.30-5.30pm BST

A whistle-stop tour introducing harmony to school age musicians (recommended minimum age 8) exploring chords, scales and why we use the notes we use! This session is a basic overview and there will be extended sessions coming soon. Open to all instrumentalists.

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Robin Michael

  • Tutor: Robin Michael

 

  • Participants: School age musicians, recommended minimum age 8

 

  • Platform: Zoom

  

  • Admin Fee: £5 (financial support is available – please indicate on the sign-up form)

 

  • Closing Date to Apply: SUNDAY 18 OCTOBER

 

  • Information will be sent on: TUESDAY 20 OCTOBER

 

How to Practice – All Instrumentalists

Monday 26 October

5.30-6.30pm BST

Join Nicky and David as we explore the topic of practice for young musicians. In this session, we hope you will explore and discover new ideas and way of making your practice more effective, more efficient and more fun! Nicky and David will be sharing with you their top 10 tips and tricks on how to organise your time, and leave you with the tools to design your own practice sessions. Any young musicians of any instrument and all abilities can join this session. We would welcome parents to join their children for this session.

David Munn

Nicola Benedetti

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  • Tutor: Nicola Benedetti and David Munn

 

  • Participants: All young musicians, any instrument

 

  • Platform: Zoom

  

  • Admin Fee: £10 (financial support is available – please indicate on the sign-up form)

  • Closing Date to Apply: SUNDAY 18 OCTOBER  

 

  • Information will be sent by TUESDAY 20 OCTOBER

 

Secrets of the Saxophone with Jess Gillam

Saturday 3rd October

1.30-2.30pm BST

School age musicians are invited to join outstanding young saxophonist Jess Gillam for this exciting, inspiring session on the secrets of the saxophone. Jess will be sharing some of her tips and tricks for progressing on the saxophone, talking about the instrument more generally and answering your questions. She is an exceptional communicator often combining her concert engagements with educational projects. 

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  • Tutor: Jess Gillam

 

  • Participants: School age saxophonists, all stages or young musicians interested in hearing from Jess 

 

  • Platform: Zoom

  

  • Admin Fee: £7.50 (financial support is available - please indicate on the sign up form) 

 

  • Closing Date to Apply: THURSDAY 1 OCTOBER

 

  • Information will be sent on: FRIDAY 2 OCTOBER

FAQ

I’m not receiving emails from the Foundation, what should I do?


We will write to you by the date specified on the sign up for each course with the workshop and Zoom information. If you have not received this by the end of that day, please contact info@benedettifoundation.org and let us know.

Please check your junk mail folder as some mail servers will send this email there.

We receive a lot of emails, so if you could please specify the participant name, workshop and instrument in your subject heading or body of the email that will help us to help you as quickly as possible.




If I can attend only part of the workshop, can I pay only part of the admin fee?


Unfortunately not. By signing up to the workshop, you are committing to attend the all the sessions. If you miss a session, this is of course at your own discretion.




Will the Sessions be available as catch up links?


These Sessions will all be delivered live and we hope all participants attend all sessions they can. International participants in time zones where it is impossible to attend live can receive all catch up links by registering on the Sessions. Catch up links will be sent to all registered participants on a sessions normally the following day so they can be watched back. Generally, these remain available for 2 weeks after the final session. The Chamber Music Weekend is being delivered live and links will ONLY be available to international participants who have indicated on their sign up form. Special circumstances for UK based and European based participants will always be considered.




I can’t access the sessions because of my time zone. Can I receive links to watch afterwards?


Yes, if you are living in a time zone that would make it difficult to access the sessions live, please register as a participant and you will receive catch up links the following day.




Will there be more workshops? My instrument, age or stage is not covered.


Yes – these are just the beginning of many workshops. Every month there will be a new set of workshops announced. The next announcement will be in mid-September for October’s workshops.




I’ve missed the closing date, can I still apply?


Once the workshop has begun, we will not be able to add late applicants as these sessions are progressive and it is important participants are a part of the sessions from the first day. All workshops will close a few before the first session. Please check closing dates carefully.




Can Adults register to join the children’s workshops?


For safeguarding reasons because sessions are delivered via Zoom, we have decided to keep adult and children’s workshops separate. We will be delivering more workshops for Adults in the coming months.




I’m a parent, can I sit with my child on the sessions?


In some cases, this is an excellent idea and will enable you to help with practice at home. Please could we ask adults who are in the room with the children to avoid being on the camera as far as possible during the session, but please, please do help your children if they are struggling. We believe your involvement is incredibly important so please do feel free to sit and listen.




My child’s a bit nervous of online group Zoom sessions – what will they be like?


Mostly, your child will only see the tutor on the screen and our Tutor and Ambassadors will be able to see all your children. You do have the option to keep the camera off, but we would encourage you to switch it on so we can help as much as possible. The camera is automatically off when you log on, so you have to switch it on. All participants remain on mute mostly – we normally take mute off of everyone at the end so they can all say bye to each other! Sometimes the tutor will ask for demonstrations or answers to questions. Children volunteer to do this and to be on the screen, so if your child doesn’t want to speak or to be seen by the others, there is no requirement for them to do so. It’s a bit like an individual lesson within a group setting.




My payment says, 'Product not available in your country'. What do I do?


For participants outside the UK, should you experience any difficulties with the PayPal Checkout process, please use the Paypal Donate button found on our Support Page and write your workshop, participant name and instrument in the notes section. For alternative payment methods contact us by emailing info@benedettifoundation.org





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