NMPAT provides aural classes for those preparing to take ABRSM and Trinity College exams. The classes are primarily aimed at those approaching grades 6-8 but if you think you would like additional support with aural training please do get in touch using the online form.
We recommend that you attend classes for the term before taking your exam for maximum benefit.
Classes are delivered by Miles Smart, Piano and Keyboard Teacher, and are FREE for all NMPAT members (those having individual lessons, attending NMPAT Centres and County Ensembles).
Aural classes take place on Wednesday evenings, during term time only, at NMPAT, Kettering Road, Northampton. There are two start times – 6.00pm and 6.30pm – and you may attend whichever session suits you best.
We are looking into offering an online alternative and details will be shared on this page in due course.
A thorough knowledge of the theory of music helps all instrumental and vocal performers. Grade 5 theory is a requirement for students wanting to take practical exams beyond grade 5 with ABRSM and is essential for all higher grade aural tests. It is also supportive of the current music GCSE and A Level examinations.
NMPAT theory classes are delivered by Claire Anderson, Head of Keyboard, and take place on Tuesdays, during term time. They can be attended both in person and online, via Zoom.
6.00-6.30pm – grades 1 and 2
6.30-7.00pm – grades 3 and 4
7.00-7.30pm – grade 5
Theory classes are subject to a termly subscription of £60 for NMPAT members (those attending Saturday Centres, County Ensembles or having individual lessons outside of school). Non-members are welcome to attend the classes and the termly subscription is £100.
The ABRSM theory exam is now completely online and students may apply directly whenever they are ready. Mrs Anderson will advise when students are ready to enter an exam.
NMPAT are pleased to be offering music production group classes. Sessions take place on Zoom, to allow the maximum number of students to participate in weekly classes, with opportunities for additional face to face workshops and masterclasses during school holidays.
Classes are delivered by John Calcott, Head of Music Production, and Chris Hardwick, and take place on Tuesday evenings during term time.
Music production classes at NMPAT can take you through the exciting new RSL Music Production grades; these go from 1 to 8 just like on a traditional instrument. On completion of each exam, every candidate will gain a wealth of technical, practical and theoretical knowledge that they can apply to real-world scenarios such as:
Electronic music production
Sound for media
Although Music Production can be taught as a standalone subject, it is an excellent supplementary subject to learn alongside instrumental lessons. Membership of classes is subject to a subscription of £75 per term.
We are looking for young people in years 4 to 8 who are interested in having weekly tuition with an endangered instrument.
Our bassoon club takes place on a Thursday from 5.00 to 6.00pm and Friday 5.00 to 6.00pm. You will be provided with an instrument, one bassoon reed per term and specialist staff to help you develop your skills.