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Guidance for existing pupils – August 2020

Welcome back!  I hope that your first full week back at school has been an enjoyable one.  Music lessons start back next week (Monday 24th August) and timetables will be available on the relevant blog page by the weekend.  There are just a couple of important points which I’d like you all to remember to help things run smoothly:

  • Bring any music you have to your lesson, even if you won’t be playing your instrument.
  • Please adhere to all social distancing rules and remember to use the wipes provided to clean shared objects (eg. music stands) after you have used finished using them.  This applies to those pupils who will be logging on to laptops for a video lesson.  Please wipe down the laptop keys after use.
  • In smaller practice rooms there will be tape on the floor.  You must not cross this tape.  Please don’t be offended if your instructor has reason to remind you of this.  Rules are in place for everyone’s safety.

I hope that you all have a great first lesson back and are as excited to see your Instructor as they are to see you!

Mr Langford

Young Musician of the Year 2020 Finalists

Thank you to all pupils who entered the Young Musician of the Year competition.  As always the standard was very high.  The following pupils were successful at the audition stage and will compete in the final on Tu​esday 10th March at 7pm:

Junior competition – Alistair Hillis,  Ellen Phillips,  Martha Johnson,  Sophie Bellmont,  Emily Aitken,  Mark Gilbert,  Angus Happell,  Lucie McBean,  Evelyn Kelly,  Robert Phillips,  Eleanor Carrie,  Cherry Campbell

Senior competition – Euan Aitken,  Nuria Mora Hurtado,  Fraser Siu,  Tom Rae,  Eilidh Leitch,  Dan Wyper

Junior finalists should prepare one piece.

Senior finalists should prepare a programme of music not exceeding 10 minutes.

All competitors should report to the Staff Room at 6:30pm.

Please invite your family and friends along to support.  Free entry!

Young Musician Auditions

​Auditions for the YMOTY competition will take place between Monday 17th and Friday 21st February.  Please sign up for an audition time using the sign-up sheet outside Mr Langford’s room.  If you are one of Mr Langford’s pupils, you do not need to sign up.  Your audition will take place on Wednesday 19th February and you will be allocated a time during periods 3 or 4.

Young Musician of the Year 2020

The annual Young Musician of the Year competition takes place in the new year.  Auditions will be held after the February holiday and the Young Musician Final will take place on the evening of Tuesday 10th March 2020 at 7pm.

There are two sections:  Junior competition for S1 – S3 pupils and the Senior competition for S4 – S6 pupils.

Singers, drum kit players and traditional instrument players are not eligible to participate.  All orchestral instruments and pianists are invited to take part.

Auditions:  All entrants will play one complete piece at audition stage.  Junior competitors must perform at minimum level grade 2.  Senior competitors must perform at minimum level grade 5.

Final:  If successful at audition stage, Junior competitors will play one piece in the final.  Senior competitors will prepare a programme of contrasting music not exceeding 10 minutes.

What are we looking for?  Successful competitors will be those who prepare well for their audition allowing them to give a technically assured performance which also displays considerable musical sensitivity.

To apply, please see Mr Langford before the end of January.  Auditions will be held after the February holiday weekend.

Rhythm Exercises

Here is a useful exercise for practising rhythm:


Please see Mr Langford if you think you can clap all ten levels perfectly…. there may be a prize if you can!