Potters  Bar  Community  Music  School

Fees:

Typically, there are 30 sessions (Saturdays) each academic year – 10 per term.

Cost for each group activity is £5 per session per person.

Parents will be invoiced termly, at the beginning of each term, and payment should be made within the first half term.

Sessions missed are still charged at the normal rate.

A full half term's notice is required for stopping any group.

Possible discounts for children and young people attending more than two groups may be available at the discretion of the PBCMS committee.

 Superstrings 
 Phoenix Strings 
 Chamber Music 
 Wind Band 
 Choirs 
 Theory Lessons 
 Piano&Wind Lessons 
 Adult Group 
 Superstrings 
  • A string orchestra for children who have been learning violin, viola, cello, or double bass for a few terms to about grade 5. The children's ages range from about 6 to 12 years old. We emphasise training the players to follow/understand a conductor, basic orchestral bowing techniques, read music fluently and work as a section. We are lucky to have volunteers from some of our wonderful older players who come in to help them settle in.

 Phoenix Strings 
  • A string orchestra for more advanced players with previous orchestral experience. Children up to 18yrs are welcome but a minimum age of 10yrs and previous orchestral experience is advised. Expected standard is approximately grade 5 to 8+. Good sight reading skills are essential.

 Chamber Music 
  • We currently work as a "Chamber Club" so the size of group varies term to term in order to broaden our repertoire. Players are usually experienced orchestral players looking for a further challenge and will play one person to a part. We currently have 5 string chamber groups coached by 2 professional coaches. Participants are encouraged to learn their notes first so that they can work in more detail on musical detail and communication.

 Wind Band 
  • This is a new venture and already growing in numbers. We welcome any wind player from grade 1 plus. Being a small group means there is plenty of chance to ask questions and learn more.

 Choirs 
  • We at the PBCMS all believe that your natural instrument is your own voice and all musicians (in fact everyone!) should have the chance to sing. Singing opportunities are therefore offered to all musicians in the larger groups within their usual rehearsal time.

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 Theory Lessons 
  • This is subject to waiting list. Pupils have individual half hour lessons and take grade 5 ABRSM exam when they are ready.

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 Piano & Wind Lessons 
  • Our piano teacher, Gareth Hunt, also teaches at Owens school and the Purcell school. Lessons are with the understanding that the child has a suitable instrument at home to practise on daily between lessons. Subject to waiting list. Jacky Dwyer is coming in January to teach flute, clarinet, sax, oboe and bassoon. Advice about getting the right instrument for your child's size, and any available places will be given if you contact admin@pbcms.org.uk














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 Adult Group 
  • This for parents who have started learning as an adult, or who used to play when they were children and are rather rusty and anyone else who wants to join in! Please do find that instrument you have in the attic and join in!