Understanding advanced and higher level Music performance, history, theory, and composition, suitable for aspiring GCSE and A Level Music students.
Our students consistently achieve the highest results (A* to B) and fulfil the requirements in advanced studies for entrance into further education.
This year we are running workshops for serious musicians to gain an insight into the requirements for advanced study in music composition and performance. The aim of the workshops is to enhance the practical and creative skills of GCSE and A Level music students. Our workshops help students to have confidence in their own musical abilities, build on existing aspirations and identify and solve problems and encourage their own personal creativity. Paola will suggest ways in which students might develop ideas and help them focus on the technical skills required to achieve them.
We encourage students to work in all styles: using varied composition software, Logic pro, Sibelius etc. The students will have access to a recording studio throughout the course. We welcome all levels of ability: professional musicians, experienced amateurs and complete beginners.
We are increasingly contacted by families whose children attend the French education system but who feel that their children would excel in the Arts if they could be taught the subject in addition to their regular school studies. Fitting this round the weekly schedule of any Collegien or Lyceen is difficult which is why we have come up with the monthly solution.
The focussed teaching days are as follows:
The fees for the 10 sessions will be 40 Euros per session
10am to 4pm.
Very small classes, no more than 5 students with the focus being on individual attention and quality teaching. There will be a fee of 135 Euros per GCSE unit entry to the exams, there are three units, therefore the exam fees are 405 Euros per student. We make the entries in February, however the student is asked to start to think about their ideas and responses for the exam. The 60 taught hours, indicated above, are an estimation of the time needed for an external student to produce enough quality work, in preparation for the examination. We reserve the right to recommend additional workshops if we feel the student is not ready to be entered for this examination.
All students will have access to Paola for development and teaching by phone or Skype and will have the opportunity to attend the focussed GCSE workshops once a month.
GCSE MUSIC IN A NUTSHELL:
Performance 30% - One solo
- One ensemble (we can provide the ensemble if you don’t have one already)
Composition 30% - One brief set by Edexcel
- One free choice
Listening and Appraising 60% - Exam
Areas of Study:
Instrumental music 1700-1820
Music for stage and screen