Aylesbury Music Centre
Aylesbury music centre is a vibrant educational & cultural resource in our community. We offer exciting opportunities to children of all levels of musical ability, in a friendly environment.
As part of the Music Service, Aylesbury music centre provides music education services across Aylesbury Vale. We supply specialist music teaching to more than 50 schools in the area; facilitating quality instrumental tuition to well over 2,000 youngsters.
The music centre runs over 50 ensembles which meet on Monday to Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. Through these ensembles, our almost 700 members, aged between 6 and 18, enjoy music making in orchestras, wind bands, brass bands, choirs, jazz bands, guitar ensembles, recorder consorts and chamber groups under the direction of our professional teaching staff.
Why Music Education?
Music tuition has a significant impact on children, it improves:
- Cognitive skills
- Co-ordination skills
- Team-working skills
- Social skills
As well as instrument, tuition we offer courses in music theory, advanced aural-training, master classes and workshops and hold over 50 concerts per year. We also offer County Music Scholarships, for particularly able pupils, which include instrumental tuition, theory, general musicianship, aural training and ensemble experience.
Our national reputation for excellence gives many of our students the chance to perform at prestigious venues e.g. The Royal Albert Hall, Buckingham Palace and the London Palladium. Two of our ensembles have played for the Prime Minister at Chequers. Each year one or more of our ensembles reaches the finals of the National Festival of Music for Youth.
There are also opportunities to join a summer concert tour abroad. Countries visited include Germany, Austria, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Holland and Sweden. The tours often include a performance at a major music festival e.g. the Edinburgh Festival.
Learning an Instrument
We offer tuition for
- French horn
- Double bass
Parents should check with their school what tuition is available.
All instrumentalists are encouraged to join a Music Centre band or orchestra. Many schools also run their own ensembles.
Friends of Aylesbury Music Centre
We have a very active Friends of Aylesbury Music Centre Association.
- Raise money to develop the centre
- Hold instrument accessories and 2nd hand sales
- Run social events
- Provide refreshments at our Concerts
- Provide a tuck shop at the centre on Tuesday and Thursday evening sessions