Happy New Year!
All Music Instruction lessons will be being delivered online via Teams for the time being. Lessons begin next week so pupils should log into Teams as soon as possible to arrange suitable times with their instructor. Some instructors will communicate with pupils directly via the chat facility, others will direct pupils to a sign up page in their OneNote class notebook. Children of key workers will be offered times when they are not in school in order to reduce foot fall around the school and increase pupil safety. As before, there will need to be a certain degree of flexibility in order to accommodate each instructor’s own home circumstances. Thank you for your understanding with this, once again.
Principal Music Instructor
Information for parents and pupils regarding lessons from January 2021:
- Existing pupils will all receive lessons online from Monday 11th January.
- Wind / brass / voice pupils will continue with their current pattern of individual virtual lessons via MS Teams.
- Strings and percussion pupils will revert back to the model used from April to June where instructors and pupils arranged weekly MS Teams lessons at a mutually agreeable time. Pupils up to and including S2 will receive 15 minute lessons and pupils in S3 and above will receive 30 minute lessons. This will require all pupils to familiarise themselves with MS Teams and parents should encourage pupils to log in to MS Teams at the start of term to engage with their instructor for the purposes of arranging lessons.
- Pupils whose parents/carers are key workers will have remote lessons from a practice room in school where possible. We will try our utmost to accommodate those pupils who are either in school full time or who are in school on the day their instructor works for Jordanhill School. Mr Langford will be in touch with parents at the start of term regarding this.
- There are approximately 30 pupils from P5 – S1 who are currently being offered places for strings and percussion lessons in term 2. These lessons will not commence until instructors are back in school.
I hope that you all have a restful and relaxing holiday and that you are able to enjoy some live music making in your own homes.
Principal Music Instructor
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!
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 Tuesday 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!
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.
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.
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!