West Sussex Music Launches Key2Music beginner classes at Saturday Music Centres
Giving children across the county a new opportunity to experience the transformative power of music
Parents in West Sussex who are looking for affordable, innovative and high quality music tuition should know that West Sussex Music has announced a brand new initiative which will offer children the opportunity to learn a new instrument alongside friends and peers in a fun, group environment. To be held on Saturday mornings at Music Centres across the district, the Key2Music beginner classes add another string to West Sussex Music’s bow, reaffirming its position as the largest provider of music lessons in the county.
The Key2Music beginner classes, which will run at West Sussex Music’s five Music Centres in Chichester, Crawley, Haywards Heath, Horsham and Worthing, will give children the chance to learn instruments such as bassoon, brass, cello, clarinet, double bass, flute, oboe, saxophone, viola, and violin, for as little as £60 per term which includes Music Centre membership; low cost instrument hire can be added for just £20 per term. “At West Sussex Music, we know that learning to play an instrument boosts attainment, promotes wellbeing and enhances self-esteem.” Says Adam Barker, West Sussex Music’s Assistant Head. “And we know from our ensembles that children improve faster and achieve far more if they regularly practise as a group. These Key2Music beginner classes will provide a safe, social and creative outlet for musical self-expression, and all in a very affordable way.”
“Although we work hard to promote all genres of music, it is central to our mission to safeguard the tradition of orchestral music learning and this is why we feel it is particularly important to launch Key2Music beginner classes, which make learning a classical instrument in a music centre, accessible to all children.” Adds James Underwood, Chief Executive, West Sussex Music.
The Key2Music beginner classes will be an exciting addition to a programme that already has much to offer children in West Sussex. Every week during term time, at Music Centres throughout the county, children can enjoy a whole range of musical activities including bands, choirs, orchestras as well as lessons and aural and theory classes. Key to West Sussex Music’s unique offer, its ensembles not only bring children together through a shared love of music but also offer a clear progression route through the Music Centres, on to the West Sussex Youth Orchestras and Choirs and beyond that to Junior Conservatoires and national ensembles. So, whatever the choice of instrument, level of competence or age, there is a suitable ensemble or band to be found; whether it’s a percussion ensemble, string orchestra, wind band, choir or guitar group. There are also classes in theory and musicianship, as well as groups for pre-school children. To register your interest in the Key2Music beginner classes email [email protected]
About West Sussex Music: West Sussex Music is the largest provider of high-quality music education to children and young people in West Sussex, offering vocal projects, whole-class ensemble tuition, small group and individual instrumental and vocal tuition, and advice and support for schools, as well as a comprehensive range of musical activities at its five Music Centres. Through its curriculum support, professional development opportunities and facilitating role, West Sussex Music builds music into the very fabric of school life; supporting schools and teachers to achieve the best possible outcomes for pupils, their families and the community. For over 50 years, West Sussex Music has supported projects that enable access to cultural opportunities for disadvantaged and disaffected young people through its strategic partnerships with other arts and cultural organisations and it plays a valued role as the Music Education Hub for West Sussex. A Not-for Profit Independent Company Limited by Guarantee with Charitable Status, West Sussex Music’s musical opportunities for children and young people are funded by income from parents, schools and the National Music Grant, administered by Arts Council England. For more information, please visit www.westsussexmusic.co.uk