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Instrumental Music during School Closures

Welcome from Mrs Malone

Please keep an eye on this page as I will be adding things as much as I can. Updates will be added to the TOP of the page just under this welcome. Sending a massive musical hello to all our wonderful musicians at St Mary's.

1/6/20 HMS Update 

Please see attached flyer from HMS below

 

29/4/20 Hampshire Music Service Lessons update

Hampshire Music Service

Hampshire Music Service has  launched their online music learning platform. Parents have received an email regarding this. 

HMS are offering the following:

- the opportunity by most teachers to offer real-time online lessons using Google Meet.

- access to work email addresses for HMS teachers so parents can communicate about what their child needs to be practising during the time schools are closed.

- a huge range of musical resources for parents to download so their children can practise at home and keep progressing.

- the opportunity for teachers to feed back to audio/video files that parents upload of their child's performance, so achievements and development points can be shared.

How to access the HMS Learning Zone

www.hants.gov.uk/hms and click on ‘Sign in to HMS' located in the pink bar. Then click on the blue padlock 'Sign in to Student area'.

Follow the instructions on the 'Student secure area' page and click on the pink 'Secure area' button to continue.

Enter the username and password which you will find in your son/daughter's practice diary, and click 'ok' (username: hmsstudent, password: learningzone).

Here you will find links to the various sections contained within the Learning Zone.

Email your child's teacher (below) for further information/ support.

If you experience technical issues with the website, please email e-support@hms.hants.gov.uk

Contacting Teachers

Serena Ludford – Woodwind - serena.ludford@hms.hants.gov.uk

Vanessa Kershaw – Violin and Viola – vanessa.kershaw@hms.hants.gov.ukQuotes about Teaching with music (23 quotes)

Phil White – Cello - phil.white@hms.hants.gov.uk

Huw Llewellyn – Brass -  huw.llewellyn@hms.hants.gov.uk

Alex Long – Drum Kit - alex.long@hms.hants.gov.uk

Chris Pott – Tuned Percussion chris.pott@hms.hants.gov.uk

Ryan O’Donoghue –Guitar - ryan.odonoghue@hms.hants.gov.uk

NB Only Parents/ Carers should contact Music Teachers.

 

28/4/20 Message to parents

HMS Lessons are now running so please make sure you contact your child's teacher to organise a way of having a lesson during this time of home learning. Scroll down to see how you do this or email Mrs Malone for assistance

28/4/20 Further Communication to Children

Perfect Practice | Matt Goddard Fitness

 

25/4/20  Message to pass on to children :-) 

 

21/04 Message to parents 

If supporting your child with music reading is a struggle to you, you might like to have a look at this link which give a brief explanation about reading music. Click here. 

 

 

3/4/20 Message for all parents of children who have Hampshire Music Service lessons

Hampshire Music Service (HMS) Virtual Learning Zone

Further to our email this week, we are pleased to announce that our colleagues at Hampshire Music Service (HMS) have come up with a number of ways of continuing with your child’s music education during these times when formal education is suspended. 

There are a number of ways your child can continue with their instrumental lessons. Firstly, you can email the teacher directly. All email addresses are available at the bottom of this letter. Secondly, there will soon be a facility where parents can upload audio or video recordings to a secure cloud account so that the teacher can comment on achievements and areas for development and set new work as appropriate, as they would do in a usual lesson. We hope this will happen on a weekly basis and keep things ticking over until school re-opens. HMS are also considering live music lessons and are developing methods and procedures for this. This may not be possible for all teachers but should this become available and you would like it, we will let you know and guide you in how to do this safely.

Instructions on how to log into the HMS Virtual Learning Zone

Please go to www.hants.gov.uk/hms to log a parent email address and you will be contacted as soon as the Zone is up and running.

By logging on to the Learning Zone, you will be able to:

  • Have email conversations with your child's music teacher
  • Get advice and information on how to help them progress with their instrumental/vocal skills.
  • Access an extensive resources section which includes video demos by HMS staff and lots of music, technical exercises, worksheets, ensemble activities etc.
  • The opportunity to upload audio or video recordings of your son/daughter playing, for a more detailed response from their teacher.

This new format for teaching will start in the summer term, although you can make contact with your teacher before the Easter holidays if you wish to. Teachers will respond at least once a week during term-time, and you will have open access to all the online resources. This provision is available for HMS students, so please do not share the password with students who will not be registered to communicate with an HMS teacher.

When the Zone is open to sign in please visit....

www.hants.gov.uk/hms and click on ‘Sign in to HMS' located in the pink bar. Then click on the blue padlock 'Sign in to Student area'.

Follow the instructions on the 'Student secure area' page and click on the pink 'Secure area' button to continue.

Enter the username and password which you will find in your son/daughter's practice diary, and click 'ok' (username: hmsstudent, password: learningzone).

Here you will find links to the various sections contained within the Learning Zone, along with instructions on how to contact your teacher and upload recordings of your children playing.

If you experience technical issues with the website, please email e-support@hms.hants.gov.uk

Contacting Teachers

Serena Ludford – Woodwind - serena.ludford@hms.hants.gov.uk

Vanessa Kershaw – Violin and Viola – vanessa.kershaw@hms.hants.gov.ukQuotes about Teaching with music (23 quotes)

Phil White – Cello - phil.white@hms.hants.gov.uk

Huw Llewellyn – Brass -  huw.llewellyn@hms.hants.gov.uk

Alex Long – Drum Kit - alex.long@hms.hants.gov.uk

Chris Pott – Tuned Percussion chris.pott@hms.hants.gov.uk

Ryan O’Donoghue –Guitar - ryan.odonoghue@hms.hants.gov.uk

NB Only Parents/ Carers should contact Music Teachers.

 

We do hope that through using this, that your child will be able to continue their learning with HMS and that with gentle encouragement to practice, that they will continue to make progress in their music.

As we mentioned in our initial email, the school has paid for the instrument lessons in advance, based on confirmed numbers of pupils. The vast majority of the children have also had more than the 20 lessons contracted for the autumn and spring terms. If you can support us with a donation towards the summer term fees we would really appreciate it, but do understand that these are difficult and uncertain times for everyone. If you can, please make the payment through Scopay in the normal way. Thank you to all of you who have already responded to our plea.

Should you like any further advice regarding music lessons, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Malone via email (r.malone@st-marys-jun.hants.sch.uk)

 

1/4/20 Message for 'cello pupils

Most 'cello pupils should work on the next page of Team Strings

Those working towards stage 2 (they are aware who they are) should keep working on the same music towards their stage 2. 

Parents can contact Mr White using the following email:  phil.white@hms.hants.gov.uk

1/4/20 Message for Violin and Viola Pupils

Dear violin/viola pupils and parents,

I just wanted to say hello and make contact as I missed you last Friday! As Mrs Malone has already said, I hope you are all keeping up with your practice! Remember to give your instruments some attention as they get lonely in their cases! They should stay in tune better too!

See if you can plan to include playing your violin/viola in your daily schedule. Perhaps you could practise some pieces to give your family a concert at Easter. You could also send recordings to family you are not seeing at the moment. They would love to hear you I’m sure!

Use CD tracks where possible to help you and listen to some new pieces to try.

In Hey Presto books, use the “Finger Finder” boxes and notes at the top of the pages to help you.

If you have Fiddle/Viola Time Scales, then use the finger diagrams to help too.

Those of you who have Grade 3 and Grade 4 books, try some of the other pieces and don’t forget to practise scales/arpeggios!

Mrs Ludford has mentioned on your website too that HMS teachers are working on resources which will appear on a Virtual Learning Portal, to help you with your learning. Information on this will be available very soon, so please look out for it on your school website/virtual learning site. There will be lots of different activities to do!

Parents – If you would like more guidance on helping your children, please feel free to email me. My HMS email is vanessa.kershaw@hms.hants.gov.uk

More information will follow from HMS, but for now, keep practising and enjoying your music!

I hope you are all keeping well,

With very best wishes,

Vanessa Kershaw (HMS Violin/Viola teacher)

30/3/20 Message from Hampshire Music Service

HMS plan for developing a range of resources to support students, who have instrumental lessons with HMS, in their learning at home. Details of this extensive range of provision will be published next week. Full instructions about how parents and children can access the site will be communicated in addition to a link for parents to use. 

26/3/20 Get those instruments out of the cases!

Well St Mary's Musicians you must have done SO much practice already given all that time off!

I am going to set you a challenge. How much practice can you do in a week. Start whenever you read this and get your parents to email me by Easter Sunday and after Easter I will publish who has done the most! 

Top Tips for March 2020

1. Keep your instrument out so that you have to walk past it - just one minute 20 times a day is great!

2. If you have a wind or brass instrument make sure you keep the mouthpiece covered from any pesky bugs

3. Don't let anyone else play your instrument. 

4. Put your music out somewhere you can see it all the time. It might just CALL to you!

5. Send a recording of you playing to an elderly relative or someone you know who is self-isolating.

6. TIme your practice and keep a note of it. Time does not count getting it out of it's case and putting rosin on the bow. 

NB Parents if you think your child's string instrument is too out of tune to play, please email me and I will try and help you! I feel your pain but don't give up. 

 

Message from Serena Ludford, woodwind teacher at St Mary’s Junior School


Dear Parents of St Mary’s musicians,


I wanted to make sure that you know what the Hampshire Music Service and its teachers are planning for their pupils in the near future. We are setting up a Virtual Learning Portal on our website which will be full of resources for our learners, including backing tracks to pieces, ideas for compositions, improvisation work, reminders on how to practise and improve their pieces, and lessons on keeping the instrument in good condition. It will take us a bit of time to organise this and there will be information coming out to you when it is available. We are also looking into the possibilities of online teaching. We all look forward to hearing how your children are enjoying being musicians.

Serena.ludford@hms.hants.gov.uk