Saturday 25th February 2017

Saturday 25th February 2017! This week we have the following lunchtime activities taking place: Piano Department Concert – 1.10 B05 String Department Concert – 1.10 B08 Mixed Student Concert – 1.10 Holst More »

UPBEAT – Spring 2017

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Sign up NOW for the Grade 5 Theory Booster Day at CYM

Sign up NOW for the Grade 5 Theory Booster Day at CYM This will be a booster, crammer day for musicians who are preparing for the ABRSM Grade 5 Theory qualification. The More »

Apply NOW for the LSCO Spring Course 2017

London Schools Chamber Orchestra String players of Grade 6–8 standard are invited to take part in this exciting project. March/April 2017 Course Directors – Hilary Sturt & John Kirby Rehearsals from 10:00–13:00 More »

Sign up NOW for the CYM Summer Music School 2017

CYM Summer Music Course 2017 The CYM Summer Music School will run from Monday 24th – Friday 28th July 2017 Please click on the Application form and Brochure below for more details More »


Supporting Studies at CYM

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 Supporting Studies

Supporting Studies is a Musicianship class at CYM to help students develop the skills they need to improve their music making. Performing with others requires musicians to do a number of different things at the same time – listen to themselves and others, play in time with other people and follow a conductor, as well as play the instrument and follow written scores. In supporting studies classes we separate these activities and use a wide range of teaching styles to enable pupils to develop specific skills.  Pupils are taught to hear music in their heads as they read it and shown how to internalise rhythms as well as consolidating their understanding of basic music theory.  Supporting studies classes are taught using practical work, reading and listening.

In addition students learn about the history of music and explore issues of style and culture.  These supporting studies help students to understand the context of music that they hear around them as well as the different styles they learn to play on an instrument.

Some classes are specifically used to enable students to achieve Grade 5 Theory. Others offer support for those taking GCSE, AS and A2 exams. The supporting studies classes also prepare students for the grade exam aural tests.

All CYM students up to Year 10 attend supporting studies classes. Students from Year 11 can opt out but many choose to continue.

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