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é é é é Music Department Information Booklet - Bideford College ...

Welcome to Bideford College Music DepartmentDear Parents/CarersTo make your child’s transition to Bideford College as smooth as possible, we have produced this information tointroduce you to the many activities run by the music department and to assist us in organising the InstrumentalMusic lessons for the Autumn Term 2010.Please read the following information and, if you would like your child/children to receive instrumental tuition whenthey arrive in September, please read the letter relating to this at the back of this booklet and, if appropriate,complete the application form for a subsidy.Please contact your tutors as soon as possible so that you can minimise any time lost between your child ceasinglessons at primary school and commencing them here with us.MUSIC AT BIDEFORD COLLEGEMusic activities at the College are available to all students. In addition to weekly class music lessons received byall students in Years 7–9, GCSE and AS/A2 level, a wide range of activities extend throughout lunch breaks andafter College hours.Music is exciting. In order to accommodate as wide a range of activities as possible, we are constantly exploringnew ideas. Whilst most activities are led by music staff, senior and talented students also take part in organisinggroups of instrumentalists. These groups range in style from unaccompanied vocalists to rock groups!Bideford College has developed a very strong tradition for music in recent years. Large numbers of studentsrehearse regularly in established ensembles and many others visit the music department in their breaks in order tomake use of practice facilities. The music department encourages all students to take part in activities during theCollege week.THE COLLEGE ORCHESTRAEstablished ten years ago, the orchestra now averages a membership of approximately 20+ musicians playinginstruments of all varieties and in styles ranging from classical music to pop. The orchestra performs both locally atthe College and in the community and travels abroad. In recent years, music tours have performed regularly in thetwinned towns of Mondeville and Landivisiau and have visited Paris, Holland and Germany. The orchestra andCollege musicians perform in County music festivals and have also taken part in the National Music for YouthFestival. The orchestra participated in the North Devon Music Festival in 2003 and 2004 and the newly formedChamber Orchestra – consisting of more advanced members of the orchestra were awarded first place and heldthe cup for the year. The orchestras perform at regular concerts in the College and have also performed at CountyHall in Exeter.At present there are two main choirs – a College singer’s choir open to all singers and a Chamber choir open tomore experienced singers and staff. Members of the College singers performed in two performances of CarminaBurana last summer – one with Northam Choral Society at Edgehill College and one with a combined DevonChorus at the Pannier market in Barnstaple. Some of the members also performed in a joint concert withBarnstaple male voice choir as did some soloists. Three solo singers from the College sang solo parts in NorthamChoral Society’s performance of Vivaldi Gloria in December 2007.African Drummers meet on Friday lunchtime – both led by Sixth Form students.CHRISTMAS CONCERTSIn 2004 the department invited St Margaret’s Junior School and St Helen’s Primary School to join our department’sactivities and the two nights attracted capacity audiences. In 2005 West Croft Primary School also joined us. 2006was St Margaret’s, St Helen’s and West Croft, 2007 was St Margaret’s and West Croft and 2008 was with StMargaret’s.TRIPS & TOURSThe Department ran a trip to Landivisiau in 2006 which involved College singers and orchestra. In previous yearsstudents have visited Holland and France.ASSISTED PURCHASE SCHEMEThe music department is able to supply musical instruments on the assisted purchase scheme at greatly reducedretail prices. Educational suppliers of instruments are able to undercut retail prices in order to enable students topurchase good quality instruments.C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\Information Booklet for Year 6 2010.doc


BIDEFORD COLLEGEAPPLICATION FOR MUSIC TUITION SUBSIDYACADEMIC YEAR _____________I wish to apply for a subsidy for my son/daughter____________________________________, who is a student inTutor Group: _______, for Music Tuition, tutored by__________________________________.I am claiming for the following reason: (Please tick the appropriate line)He/she is studying: ________________________ at GCSE level at AS levelat A2 levelI am entitled to and receiving Free School Meals(Please see Form BR34(1) for information about entitlement to Free School MealsName ______________________________________Home Telephone no _____________________________Signed______________________________________ Date___________________________FOR OFFICE USE ONLYEvidence seen in support of this claim:Signed______________________________________ Date___________________________Claim approvedSigned______________________________________ Date___________________________Music Tutor notifiedSigned______________________________________ Date___________________________C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\Information Booklet for Year 6 2010.doc

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