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Questors Young Musicians Club

Welcome to the Questors Young Musicians Club website. We are a Saturday music school based in Ealing, West London, providing high quality music lessons for children aged 3 – 18.

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The new term starts on January 11th 2014.

We started a large number of beginner classes in September, but may be able to start classes for beginner violin, cello or clarinet if there is enough interest. Violin/cello from around age 6, clarinet from 7-8 using the new Clarineos. Contact us if you're like a place.

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 keen to start more pupils on oboe, bassoon and French horn. Our teachers are really enthusiastic and we have instruments available to hire. What are you waiting for? You'd probably need to be around 9-10 to manage any of these.

Interested in using technology to create or arrange your own music? We have a Music Tech class which can help you!


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Places

  • For beginners on instruments other than the piano, and those who already play an instrument, please do contact us to see what we can offer.
  • For information on the minimum ages to start classes, have a look at the Progression Chart below, or the Classes pages.
  • We've just started a singing group for children in school years 1 - 6 to get them in training to join the current singing group once they're old enough! We have some great pupils already but it would be even more fun if there were a few more - spread the word! The older singing group would also welcome some new members as we've lost a few recently due to exam pressure.
  • We also welcome pupils who have their instrumental lessons elsewhere but would like to join one of our ensembles, the singing group or the orchestra, or come to study theory. The Junior String Ensemble is for players of pre-grade 1 to grade 2/3 and there are chamber groups for string players of grade 4 - 8. We could use a bassoon and another clarinet player in the Orchestra.There are a few vacancies in the Jazz group and there is a new Junior Recorder Ensemble for players of Initial - Grade 3
  • Parents are also welcome to join the orchestra, especially if they play 'endangered species' instruments such as bassoon and French horn!
  • The situation changes day to day, and we are often able to start new classes very quickly if there is enough interest. To enquire about vacancies, contact us now!


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Assisted Places

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.

The Scheme is dependent on funds available. If you would like to donate to this fund, please contact us.

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Progression Chart

We have designed a progression chart to guide you through your child's musical education at QYMC. To view and print this you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader

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Instruments Available

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:

  • One trumpet
  • A few flutes
  • Various sizes of cello (but not very small ones)
  • Various sizes of violin
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Instruments Needed

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:

  • saxophones
  • clarinets
  • small cellos
  • small violins
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Buying sheet music

 

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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Staff Vacancies

 

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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Wanted

 

  • Do you play an instrument? We've just started a Flute Choir, so if you play the flute at grade 4 or above you'd be welcome to join., The orchestra, which is sounding fabulous at the moment, especially the woodwind and brass. It is open to those who don't have their instrumental lessons at QYMC as well as our pupils - different minimum grades apply to different instruments - contact us for details. All instruments are welcome but we'd particularly appreciate bassoon and French horn players, violins, violas and possibly one more cellist of grade 5 or above. For more details look at the ensembles page, and get in touch if you fancy giving an ensemble a try. Ensembles
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  • Your ideas! If you have suggestions please let us know - use the contact page.
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  • I'd particularly like some more items for the kids page.Kidstuff

 

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