The music students have a most welcomed new addition to the class - a Kawai digital piano. Key features include weighted keys similar to that of a standard piano, backing accompaniment, record and effect buttons, volume controls and headphone sockets. We are thrilled with this much needed resource. All students who participate in the varied musical activities events in Stratford College will benefit from this finely tuned electric piano. (Click on blog title to see more photos.)
Built on 15 years experience, the Mobile Music School is a specialist music education company, which runs music classes, instrumental lessons and workshops in schools and other educational institutes. Since 2011, we have been offering instrumental tuition and vocal coaching to the students of Stratford College. Offering guitar, piano and vocal coaching lessons, our strategic alliance with Stratford College has proved successful.
We began giving lessons in Stratford National School in October 2012. This development is an illustration of our commitment to developing a central musical hub at Stratford. Read more about the Mobile Music School by browsing through the Flipbook.
The Awards Ceremony were held on Friday, 26th October. Guest of Honour, Elaine Flannery (2008) spoke about starting up Green Schools in Stratford. Revisit the Awards Ceremony on our YouTube channel, podcasts (in this blog) and the website gallery.
5th Year students accept the Music and Drama Award on behalf of the TY class 2011-2012.
The Musicial Youth Foundation came in on Friday, 18th May to film Stratford College choir. They also interviewed a few of the members and asked them the important question, "how did music change your life?"
Congratulations to all competitors who participated in the U16 Vocal competions, as part of the Newpark Musical Festival on Sunday 13th May. What a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning amidst beautiful singing, and a high standard of performances that took place. The students involved worked very hard to prepare for this competition on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday lunchtimes. It was my pleasure to accompany the students. (Click on thumbnail to open an enlarged version of image.)
Leanna Morgan who is a 2nd Year student won 3rd place out of 27 participants. Katie McCrea Richardson, a Transition Year student, received a Very Highly Commended Certificate. All singers were given a comment sheet with advice for future singing.
Katie then participated in the U16 classical competition. Here she walked away with 1st Prize, out of 17 participants. She will sing on Saturday 19th May, at the Prizewinners concert. Congratulations Katie. What a big accomplishment to achieve in Transition Year!
I hope students caught the competitive bug, and next year Newpark Festival better watch out. I really enjoyed working with all the talented individuals over the past few months. It was especially lovely to work with a sister of a past pupil who also participated in the festival.
Thank you for the all the support especially from parents, staff and pupils of Stratford College who joined us on the day.
Don't forget to look up the podcasts on the bottom left hand side of the school websites homepage, and on the Music Blog. Participants will greatly appreciate your support and encouragement. Remember these students range from13 years of age to 15 years. I am struck by their confidence and musical ability. I personally could not pick a winner out of this group. Could you?
I got first place out of 17 students competing in the Classical singing competition, singing "Sure on this Shining Night" by Samuel Barber. I was absolutely thrilled to win and very surprised. The judge is the head of vocals in the Royal Irish Academy and I've been invited to sing in a concert on Saturday, 19th May.