Swavesey Music School was founded in 2009 by Audrey Caldwell, former Director of Music at Swavesey Village College. The intention was to enable students to ‘speak the language of music’ as they started out in life.
Swavesey Music School aims to provide students of all ages and abilities with the opportunity to learn the language of music and use it appropriately. By learning in an environment conducive to music making, pupils become comfortable with using a language that will last a lifetime whether they become professional musicians or lifelong amateur enthusiasts.
Learn to speak the language of music
Open the lungs, open the ears and let the spirit soar
The Saturday Sing Up…
An excellent way of combining the reading and use of music theory.
This is for students aged 7+.
Students in ‘Sing-up’ sessions, will develop their singing and listening skills, through unision and part singing. They will experience many styles of music which are designed to open the lungs are ears, and let the spirit soar. This provides an opportunity for developing ensemble skills which are vital for any aspiring musician.
The basics that make up the musical language – staves, clefs, sharps, flats and note values and all the symbols peculiar to music.
After starting in a mass ‘Sing-Up’ warm up, the students separate into age appropriate groups.
By mixing the theory and lively interactions and listening to theory at work, pupils will be able to create their own tunes from an early stage, building steadily on their musical vocabulary. Classes are arranged in increasing levels of difficulty, catering for all ability levels.
This starts at 11:00 and is a welcoming and inclusive group for orchestral instrumentalists. We currently have members from beginners to advanced standard. This group has an enthusiastic number of adult instrumentalists of all abilities playing along with our younger members
Joining together with other musicians to produce a performance is rewarding and exciting at all levels, a time when the sum is greater than its constituent parts. The repertoire ranges from classical to popular music.
Rock School Rockets
‘Rock School Rockets’ caters for those students starting out and starts at 10.00.
Each week builds up the confidence and skills needed to play in a band format.
The aim is to work as a group and develop together, covering such things as:
• Being comfortable on your instrument
• Communicating with band members
• Playing with other musicians
• How to play as an ensemble to an audience
So, whether it is guitar, bass, keyboard, drums or singing, students will be prepared towards the next level of Rocking out!
This is for those students aged 10 and over who play guitar, bass, drums and vocals and want to play rock music in a variety of bands. The standard of playing needed for this class is above that needed for Rockets. Students need to be confident players/singers as they will be working within bands from the outset.
Rock school is orientated towards performance, working within the format of a band or act to develop performance skills, confidence, communication, and the stage skills necessary for a performing musician. In the process, students experience first-hand the intricacies of band dynamics, and naturally develop their own musical skills.
SMS Community Orchestra
This is open to all musicians of any age or standard who play orchestral instruments. The repertoire covers all styles with an emphasis on arrangements appropriate to each individual player.
Get in touch
We look forward to meeting all young musicians at Swavesey Music School. The school meets every Saturday during term time in the music department of Swavesey Village College. If you would like further information please feel free to contact us.
We would like to hear from you.
Jenny Director of Performing Arts at Swavesey Village college has input into all areas of Swavesey Music School.
Kate – leads ‘Sing Up’ and teaches the Rockin’ Rhythms I. After leaving the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Kate spent many years in professional theatre working in shows such for Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Cameron Mackintosh, both in the West End and in UK tours. Kate now spends the majority of her time teaching singing and performance both individually and in the classroom and enjoys this work immensely. She continues to give freelance recitals around the UK in both classical and musical theatre repertoire and is a founder member of Swavesey Music School.
Anne is the accompanist for Sing Up, teaches the Rockin’ Rhythms III, and is one of the conductors of the Community Orchestra. After studying Music at Cardiff University and completing a PGCE at Bath Spa, Anne taught and was Head of Music at a secondary school in Wiltshire for 10 years. Since becoming a mother Anne has been teaching piano and thoroughly enjoys teaching all ages and abilities.
A pianist, violinist and keen singer, Anne is the most recent addition to the SMS team.
Dennie Touré is a British singer- songwriter and guitarist. Taking elements from Classic rock, R&B, Funk and Blues roots. Creating vibrant music that varies from slow and soulful ballads all the way over to high energy- upbeat grooves. In addition to his own music, he’s spent plenty of time sessioning for some fantastic up and coming artists, providing his skills as a guitarist. Having spent two years studying at the Academy of Contemporary music in Guildford, constantly trying to perfect the craft. Spending most of the time gigging around the UK. Dennie has played the 02 Islington, Liverpool Threshold Festival, 02 Academy Oxford and the Boileroom just to name a few. Now back in his home town for further self development of his craft, and a eagerness to share what’s he learned along way!
Elizabeth –Teaches one of the Rockin’ Rhythm classes and is one of the conductors of the Community Orchestra. She is a keen musician who teaches strings and piano at Swavesey Village College as well as at other schools. Elizabeth has a diploma in violin teaching and PGCE. She is the manager of Swavesey Music School and has been involved since the beginning.