Questors Young Musicians Club
The new term starts on September 21st.
QYMC is held on Saturday mornings at Little Ealing Primary School in South Ealing - more details on the Contact and Map page.Please note that we do not offer piano lessons and that all classes for children from 3-6 and the Introduction to Music level II (taster) class for 2013-2014 are now full.
We are starting lots of new classes this term, in particular jFlute and Clarineo - flute and clarinet for younger players. jFlute from about 6 and clarineo from around 7/8, depending on the size of the child.
There are also beginner classes for recorder, violin, cello, cornet, keyboard and saxophone. Please get in touch asap if you're thinking about music lessons for your child as places are going fast!
The amazing QYMC Jazz Ensemble has been very busy lately, with a gig at the Hampton Festival and a recording session engineered by members of the Music Tech classes. Sadly we're saying goodbye to some of the group this summer as they head off to uni. If you play a jazz instrument from around grade 4/5 - 8 and would like to develop your improvisation skills please get in touch!
The Flute Trio has expanded to accommodate more pupils from grade 4 up to grade 8.
This year we started a new course for older beginners and pianists wanting to take up a second study: the Woodwind and Brass Taster Course. The instruments offered are oboe, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, flute and clarinet. It runs a little like the existing Introduction to Music taster course - pupils will try each instrument for half a term or a term before moving on to the next. This way pupils will be able to give the instrument a real go without having to make a committment. All instruments will be supplied by QYMC. Please contact us if you're interested in signing up for this course. The minimum age is around 9.
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QYMC runs an assisted place scheme and we welcome applications from those who think they may be eligible. The assisted place scheme has recently been updated and consequently there are some details we would like to bring to your attention. (The assisted place policy can be downloaded here or a hard copy can be requested from the desk at QYMC.
Assisted places last for one academic year from when they are agreed in September. Please note that applications for all assisted places, including renewals, must be handed in to the desk by the previous summer half-term break. The forms are also available from the desk.
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We do have a few instruments available for hire to pupils who would like to learn at QYMC. The hire fee is around £25 per term, which is cheaper than most hire schemes. Where we do not have instruments to hire we can advise on the hire schemes operated by local shops. We do not hire guitars.
Instruments available currently:
Many parents prefer to hire instruments to start with and there are some instruments which we either do not have or have run out of. Do you have instruments in the attic or the cupboard under the stairs which could go to a good home? We try to keep fees and charges down in order to make learning an instrument accessible to as many children as possible so we do not have a large budget for purchasing instruments. These are some instruments we need most urgently:
Parents are always asking where to purchase sheet music. Gardonyi's (opposite St Mary's Church in South Ealing) is our nearest music shop. Their focus is guitars and drums, but they stock an increasingly wide range of violin strings, recorders and sheet music. There's Michael White's in North Ealing if you are a brass or woodwind player, and ABC Music in Kew. If you work in central London I can recommend Chappells (good mail order and telephone service) and Foyles.
I can recommend Musicroom, an online music shop from whom I have enjoyed very efficient service with the added bonus of free postage if you spend over a certain amount (why not get together with the other members of the class and buy all your music together?). For those of you looking for something a little different, try the Tutti online music shop which specializes in contemporary and rare CDs and sheet music, and an extraordinarily comprehensive collection of music with more popular appeal such as arrangements of Beatles numbers!
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Would you like to teach at the Questors Young Musicians Club? We are always on the lookout for good teachers to deputise when a regular teacher is unavailable. If you are based in West London even better. If you fit the bill, please contact us: Contact For details of current vacancies check the Staff and Committee page.
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