Workshops & Band Coaching

We are thrilled to be hosting two exciting workshops and band coaching (back by popular demand) this summer holidays!

If you have ever wanted to learn how to write a pop song, wished you could swing it like the jazz and blues greats or want to let out the rock star within you then we have everything you need this Summer. Open to all BDMA students and all friends and family are welcome too!

Please note that if you can’t make the dates listed below but are keen then please do get in touch and let us know. We already have a few students who are excited but won’t be able to come so with enough interest we may be able to organise another date!

 Also, if we have offered you a free lesson as a thank you for referring us to new clients then you can also use that as credit towards any of these workshops – so book your places now! 

 

Swing it – An Introduction to Jazz and Blues! 

Where: Mycenae House, 90 Mycenae Rd, London SE3 7SE

When: Wednesday July 18th10am – 4pm

Who: 20 spaces, ages 7 – 18 years old (group will be split into appropriate age groups)

How much: £90 + VAT                                                                               

What: Learn all about jazz and blues from the roots up. All you need to start on your jazzy journey is the 12 bar blues and that is where Jazz singer and BDMA tutor Louise will start the day.

By the end of the session you will have explored improvisation, swing and lyrics and will be ready to perform your first jazz and blues set for you family to end the day!

This is open to singers and instrumentalists alike and no prior experience in jazz or blues is necessary. The group will be split into appropriate age and skill levels to get everyone swinging their best swing!

See Louise singing Jazz classic Pennies from Heaven below!

How to Write a Song!

Where: Mycenae House, 90 Mycenae Rd, London SE3 7SE

When: Thursday July 19th10am – 4pm

Who: 20 spaces, ages 7 – 18 years old (group will be split into appropriate age groups)

How much: £90 + VAT

What: If you have ever wanted to try your hand at songwriting now is your chance. Songwriters and BDMA tutors Llinos and Connor will be giving away all their biggest songwriting secrets and top tips on how to write lyrics, chords and melody!

The group will be split into age groups that will make sure every student gets the most out of the day and will work collaboratively to have songs written ready to show family at the end of the session!

See what both Connor and Llinos can do in the gorgeous videos below and book your early bird places now!

 

 

Band Coaching

Where: To be organised with participants in their homes

When: To be organised with participants at a time that suits them

Who: 3 or more participants, any age/skill

How much: £84 + VAT per hour (split between all participants)

What: You may have seen the Boys Cool Jazz Band or parents band MLC at some point at our concerts – gather your friends, young and old and that could be you! 

If you have a group, of any age, who would like to try playing together as a band then get in contact. The sessions are usually hosted by one of the participants and can be held over one or multiple days. BDMA band coaches Ron or Joel will guide you in getting the best sound and the best ways to arrange songs (covers or originals) and help you get that tight ensemble sound. At the end of the session the band will perform their first gig for friends and family!

 

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  • What is band coaching?
Band coaching can take many different forms. We can help those with little experience to set up a new band, coach musicians writing their first original songs or help more experienced bands find a new direction.

 

The focus can range from playing together, tightness in timing, the sound of each instrument, your setup on stage, dynamics of songs and live sets, or simply how to write great music!

We can offer regular or ad hoc coaching sessions to groups of any age.

  • Why do we offer band coaching?
At BDMA we believe that learning to play with other musicians is a crucial, and often extremely fun and rewarding, part of music education. We wanted to be able to offer that opportunity to our students despite being predominantly a private music lesson service.
We also offer workshops during holidays that encompass the same skills and ideals.

 

  • What gave you the idea?
We first got the idea for band coaching in the Summer 2016 when we held our first ever Band Experience. A group of students spent three days learning about ensemble playing, balancing levels, exploring arrangements and putting what they were learning individually in their music lessons into some rock and roll action.
It even inspired some BDMA parents to form their own band, MLC (Mid Life Crisis) who recently performed out our Christmas concert!
And so the idea stuck!

 

  • How much does it cost?
Prices are £100.80 an hour (£84 + VAT) for a minimum of one hour. This is for 4 – 8 people and will rehearse round one of the members houses. Bands that rehearse regularly will be offered a performing slot at the BDMA Concerts.

 

  • What if we don’t want regular band coaching?
We are also happy to run Band Experiences on request as we did in the Summer of 2016.
This is perfect for those who want to enjoy a more intensive band coaching course over 2-4 days during holidays or weekends without committing to regular or ad hoc coaching sessions.
We recommend booking three hours on two or three consecutive days with a 10 – 15 minute performance at the end (ideal for holiday time) or at the weekend during term time.

 

  • Who runs the band coaching and Band Experiences?
All our band coaching is currently led by Ronald Maas, our lovely piano and bass tutor at BDMA who has a wealth of experience working with bands and has worked with both junior and adult groups. You can learn a little more about him on his website.

 

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If you would like to book a place on one of the above workshops or enquire about band coaching, contact becky@beckydellmusicacademy.co.uk today!

 

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