Groups

Group details have been updated to reflect 2024-25’s curriculum.

‘Springers’ foundation course

The right start to create and maintain a lifelong love of music! Our KS1 music foundation course involves singing, percussion and recorder in broad ranging introduction to music intended to give young children the basic skills that will enable them to learn an instrument quickly and musically.

AgeClassDay/Time
Pre-schoolNano-SpringersSaturday, 10-10.30
ReceptionMicro-SpringersSaturday, 9-9.45
Year 1Mini-SpringersSaturday, 9-9.45
Year 2Springers SingersSaturday, 9-9.45
Year 2Springboard RecordersSaturday, 10-10.45

Orchestras

From the earliest days to the peak of perfection, CMA orchestras offer progression and accomplishment. The youngest groups are supported and encouraged by adult and senior student mentors. Symphony Orchestra is the pinnacle of orchestral achievement, representing the CMA in competitions. They have performed four times in the Schools Proms.

StandardOrchestrasDay/Time
Beg-Grade 1String StarsSaturday, 9-10
Grade 2-3StringchroniseSaturday, 9-10
Grade 4-6SinfoniaSaturday, 9-10.15
Grade 7+Symphony OrchestraFriday, 6.15-7.45
Grade 6-8+String OrchestraFriday, 5-6

Choirs

No child needs an instrument to make music! Choral singing is the first step to developing the all-round musician. We at the CMA believe that all students can and should sing, developing a sense of pitch, rhythm and phrasing through fun action songs in the early stages through to complex and challenging choral singing of the highest standard.

School YearChoirDay/Time
Year 3Springboard ChoirSaturday, 11-11.45
Year 4-5VocaliseSaturday, 11-12
Year 6-8VocusFriday, 4.45-5.45
Year 9-13Youth ChoirSaturday, 10.30-12

Bands

Buzzing with dynamism, the earliest bands encourage young players to grow in confidence in an atmosphere of enthusiastic support. The concert band is the flag-ship band of the CMA, consistently achieving Platinum awards in National Concert Band Festivals.

StandardGroupDay/Time
Beg-Grade 1Blast Off!Friday 5.45-6.30
Grade 2-3Supersonic!Friday 6.15-7.15
Grade 4-6Academy Wind BandFriday 6.15-7.30
Grade 7+Concert BandFriday, 8-9.30

Jazz

StandardGroupDay/Time
Grade 3-5Jazz BandTuesday, 6.15-7.15
Grade 6-8+Big BandTuesday, 7.30-8.30

Musical Theatre

Learn to sing your favourite musical theatre numbers from professionals who understand safe vocal production and development. Whether you want a part in the school musical or just to sing in the shower, nurture your inner-star!

AgeGroupDay/Time
Year 5-8ShowstoppersTuesday, 5-6
Year 9-13MT VoicesTuesday, 6-7

Rock & Pop

Come alone or with friends – we’ll help you to build your band and develop the songs you want to perform. Vocals – Guitar – Bass Guitar – Keyboards – Drums all welcome!

AgeGroupDay/Time
Year 6-13Rock & PopTuesday, 4.45-6

Recorders

A precursor to learning a woodwind instrument? Recorder playing can be so much more. CMA recorder groups continue right through, exposing young players to fabulous early music repertoire and modern chamber music.

StandardGroupDay/Time
Beginners y2-5Springboard RecordersSaturday, 10-10.45
Improvers y3-6Recorder RacersSaturday, 10-10.45
ElementaryJunior RecordersSaturday, 10.15-11
IntermediateRecorder EnsembleFriday, 5.30-6.15

Percussion

A great opportunity for you to experience the world of percussion. Tired of playing alone? Pianists and drummers are invited to play vibrant, interesting music together on exciting percussion instruments including xylophone, vibraphone and marimba.

StandardGroupDay/Time
Year 5-8Percussion PioneersFriday, 5.45-6.30

Theory and Musicianship

Highly recommended for Find Your Forte students, Music Explorers teaches music foundation through song, instrumental playing, listening, responding, collaborating, creative projects and music theory concepts.
Theory builders takes a deeper look at music theory for those who have mastered the basics, through a creative and fun programme of activities.
For students preparing for ABRSM exams, grade 5 theory is a requirement for grade 6 and above. Theory warriors provides focussed thematic teaching. We estimate that it will take 2 terms for children accepted into the class to cover all the material needed to take the exam.

StandardGroupDay/Time
Year 3-6Music ExplorersSaturday, 10-10.45
Grade 1-3, year 4+Theory BuildersSaturday, 10-10.45
Grade 4-5Theory Warriors (£75 per term)Saturday, 10-10.45