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Opening Times:
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In light of the most recent Government advice, Sage Gateshead will be closed to the public until further notice.

The health and safety of audiences, musicians and staff at Sage Gateshead is our priority. Keep up to date here.

 

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Foundation Strings

Foundation Strings

  • Age 5-8
  • Saturday 9am – 1.15pm
  • Termly Fee: £240-340
  • Bursaries Available

Foundation Strings is an instrumental string programme which integrates movement, singing, and instrumental learning.

Aims of Foundation Strings:

  • To tap into children’s innate creativity and imagination through music
  • To help children to develop important musical skills (pulse, rhythm, pitch, inner-hearing) using carefully chosen songs, games and activities
  • To develop children’s ability to read, write and compose using musical notation
  • To equip children with a firm technical grounding on their chosen instrument (violin, viola, cello, mini bass)
  • To help children develop confidence and social skills by playing in an ensemble and performing regularly in front of others

Foundation Strings is designed for children aged 5 – 8 (School Years 1 – 3; reception class aged children should register for Musical Foundations). Beginners aged 6 or 7 can sometimes be accommodated in the programme.  Children aged 8 and over should apply for Step Up Strings. When Foundation Strings is oversubscribed priority is given to those completing Musical Foundations.

Years One and Two

  • 30 minute small group instrumental lesson (2 or 3 students per group)
  • One hour musicianship and ensemble session

Year Three

  • 30 minute individual instrumental lesson
  • 45 minute musicianship session
  • 45 minute ensemble session

Individual student timetables vary depending on the time allocated for the instrumental lesson. There are 30 teaching weeks and two performance days scheduled over the academic year.

Violin, viola, cello and mini bass tuition are all now available from Year 1.  We have a small stock of instruments available for hire each year, however most students own their own instrument.  We can advise on instrument purchase and help to buy schemes.

Our teaching is inspired by Kodály and Dalcroze methods and aims to provide children with the best possible start to their musical lives.

Term Dates:

Autumn 19/20 schedule
Spring 19/20 schedule
Summer 19/20 schedule

20/21 term dates and schedule coming soon.

Fees and Bursaries

Our Young Musicians Programme is open to all children and young people, whatever their circumstances. We are keen to encourage applicants from the widest possible range of backgrounds and access a bursary where needed.

Here’s some more information about bursaries and and here’s information about fees. If you’d like to speak to someone, please email us at [email protected]

Ready to Apply?

All of our programmes are easy to apply for. Simply complete our online application form by 3 April 2020. Need more information? No problem, email us on  [email protected]

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