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Residential Music courses

NMPAT runs a series of residential courses for young musicians at Grendon Hall, the county's local residential centre near Wellingborough. Applications are invited from students of the appropriate standard who fall within the specified age ranges and forms are available from NMPAT teachers.

Residential courses for academic year 01 September 2016 to 31 July 2017 

CourseDatesTimesClosing dateCost
KS2 Strings - Course 1Tuesday, 31 January to Wednesday, 1 February 2017Arrive at 9:30am

Course finishes at 3:30pm
10 January 2017£115
KS2 Strings - Course 2Thursday, 2 to Friday, 3 February 2017Arrive at 9:30am

Course finishes at 3:30pm
10 January 2017£115
KS2 Strings - Course 3Monday, 6 to Tuesday, 7 February 2017Arrive at 9:30am

Course finishes at 3:30pm
10 January 2017£115
Primary Guitars - Course 1Wednesday, 8 to Thursday, 9 February 2017Arrive at 9:30am

Course finishes at 3:30pm
18 January 2017£115
Primary Guitars - Course 2Thursday, 19 to Friday 10 February 2017Arrive at 9:30am

Course finishes at 3:30pm
18 January 2017£115
Junior Woodwind - Course 1Monday, 20 to Tuesday, 21 February 2017Arrive at 9:30am

Course finishes at 3:30pm
30 January 2017£115
Junior Woodwind - Course 2Tuesday, 21 to Wednesday, 22 February 2017Arrive at 9:30am

Course finishes at 3:30pm
30 January 2017£115
Junior Brass CourseThursday, 23 to Friday, 24 February 2017Arrive at 9:30am

Course finishes at 3:30pm
2 February 2017£115

 

Please make sure that your application form arrives in the Music Trust office before the closing date as late applications cannot be accepted.

What do the courses cover?

KS 2 Strings

These courses are designed to provide an opportunity for young string players to enjoy an intensive time of music-making with the added benefit of being able to make new friends. Applications are invited from students in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 at school.

The courses usually end with a short concert finishing at 3:30pm to which parents collecting their children are cordially invited.

Junior Brass

Brass players are invited to apply to join this course, which is designed to provide an opportunity for young musicians to enjoy an intensive time of music-making and make new friends.

Applications are invited from players up to year 8 in school who have reached the standard to pass Grade 1 but not yet joined a county group.

Junior Woodwind

Applications are invited from woodwind players in years 5 - 8 and who have reached Grade 1 standard or above but not yet joined a county group. 

The courses are designed to provide an opportunity for young musicians to enjoy an intensive time of music-making with the added benefit of being able to make new friends. 

Guitars 1 and Guitars 2

The courses are designed for young guitar players in years 4, 5 and 6 in school who are able to read standard notation (not tab) and able to play G - G on the first 3 strings of the guitar.

As a guide the player should be on or past page 10 of Debbie Cracknell's 'Enjoy Playing The Guitar'.

How do I apply for a place on a course?

Application forms for all the courses are available from NMPAT teachers in schools.

Please make sure that we receive your completed application form and payment before the closing date.

How do I pay for the course?

Please do not include payment with your application form, once the closing date has passed, we will send out emails confirming places on the course which will include details of how to pay.

How do I know if I have a place?

Emails will be sent out to all applicants once the closing date has passed.

What should I bring with me?

In a small holdall: you will need to bring casual clothes (including nightwear), indoor and outdoor shoes, a towel, toiletries and a small amount of money for the tuck shop. You will also need your instrument (clearly labelled); a music stand; a pencil, eraser and notebook and any spares for your instrument (strings, reeds etc.). 

What happens when I get there?

Students attending residential courses will be registered by staff on arrival, allocated rooms and then begin work on their music-making.

Security

The security of the students and staff attending our courses is paramount so please do not arrive at the course venue without prior arrangement with staff.

All personal belongings taken to courses remain the responsibility of students and parents and we suggest that items of high value are not brought along.

Cancellations

Please note that once a place on a course has been confirmed it will not be possible to issue a refund. 

How to find Grendon Hall

Grendon Hall is situated just outside the village of Grendon, between Northampton and Wellingborough

To help you find your way, here is an interactive map and the contact information for the hall.

For sat navs please use NN7 1JW

NMPAT receives support from:
NMPAT is a company Limited by Guarantee (Company No. 7738151) and a registered charity (Charity No. 1145643)