Reconnecting with Music

   Weekday TBC

  • dates tbc

  • 9.30 a.m – 11 a.m – toddlers and up

  • 11.30 a.m – 1 p.m – babies and crawlers

  • Cost: £135

Did you learn an instrument when you were at school? Have you still got it hiding in the cupboard? Still think about it from time to time?

The Reconnecting with Music class is especially designed for adults who have a basic knowledge of their instrument but haven’t picked it up for a while, maybe even a decade or two....

As a BaB Course you need to Bring A Baby. We have two classes available.  9.30 a.m. for toddlers and up and 11.30 a.m. for adults with babies and crawlers.  The course is designed for you, but accommodates your children. 

Anything from around grade 1 standard upwards is able to join in. We will explore the different aspects of music and performance.

The course will end with a group performance which you can invite available friends and family to.

Kathryn Stagg is teaching the class.  A woodwind teacher with 20 years teaching experience she has run many different ensembles in her career and worked with adults and children of all standards.  She will be accompanied by an experienced childcare practitioner so that as you have an extra pair of hands available.  Both are DBS checked.

All your fellow students will have their children with them so if you need to feed them, feed them.  If you need to change them, change them.  If someone’s having a meltdown, don’t worry we’ve all been there.  Our qualified Nursery Nurse is there to help but its not child care.  You’re child will be with you the whole time.

What you need:

  • Your instrument

  • Your child

  • An open attitude to learning

What you'll be doing:

Week 1 – remembering how to play

  • Introductions and housekeeping.

  • Warm up

  • What is music? Pitch, pulse, rhythm, texture, timbre – exercises in each

  • Reading music – basic music theory – stave, pitches, note lengths, key signatures. How do these translate to sound?

  • Play a popular well known tune – in rounds

  • Warm down- unison note, listen to the vibrations of that note. Change one person and listen to the difference, note the vibrations. Which sound pleasant, which clash?

Week 2

  • Intro and housekeeping

  • Warm up

  • Recap on last week. Does anybody want to go over anything

  • Scales – the building blocks of melody

  • Arpeggios (and chords) – the building blocks of harmony

  • Our chosen tune– lets funk it up – changing pitches and rhythms can really change the sound of the music – intro to improvisation on theme of Twinkle Twinkle. Variations

  • Warm down


Week 3

  • Intro and housekeeping

  • Warm up

  • Recap

  • Transposing technique using degrees of the scale.

  • Our chosen tune – theme and more variations -

  • Ode to Joy – explaining harmonising – choosing notes that sound good

  • Warm down

Week 4

  • Intro and housekeeping

  • Warm up and recap

  • Our chosen tune and variations

  • Ode to Joy – harmonising 

  • Introducing the 12 bar blues- explain the chord sequence etc

  • All Blues – a new groove ¾ time

  • Warm down

Week 5

  • Housekeeping and introductions

  • Warm up

  • Our chosen tune and variations

  • Ode to Joy

  • All Blues – applying the theory, adding improvisation

  • Warm down

Week 6

  • Housekeeping and introductions

  • Warm up

  • Rehearsal

  • Performance – please invite anybody who would like to come and hear

  • Our tune – theme and Variations

  • Ode to joy

  • All Blues