The Benedetti Sessions

 

The Benedetti Foundation will focus on providing enrichment, inspiration and variation to the UK’s education system and communities and will produce a series of string orchestra-based weekend workshops – the Benedetti Sessions – designed to address, in equal part, the needs of young musicians and of teachers.

 

Cost

The Benedetti Sessions will be open to all young musicians and teachers, whatever their background or circumstances, and it is possible to have all of your fees paid for you. We offer financial assistance through bursaries so no one should be prevented from attending a workshop weekend due to financial hardship. Each case is assessed individually and all applications are treated in the strictest confidence. Please indicate on the application form if you will require financial assistance.

The cost for the Benedetti Sessions 2020 is:

  • £10 for Advanced Orchestra, Intermediate Orchestra and String Teachers CPD Weekend

  • £5 for Beginner String Orchestra

  • £3 for General Musicianship Morning

  • General Classroom Teachers Workshop and Primary School Session – this is a free session for schools

 

Venues

The Benedetti Sessions 2020 will be taking place in:

  • Glasgow

  • Dundee

  • Manchester

  • London

  • Saffron Walden

  • Antrim

 

Further details can be found on the Benedetti Foundation website

RCS Mindfulness Based Living for Wellbeing, Creativity and Performance

 

This eight-week course is for people age 16+ who wish to explore how mindfulness can benefit wellbeing as well as improve creativity and performance.

Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment. This attention is developed through meditation to focus on the ‘present’, which over time can limit distracting thoughts, rumination and worry.

Mindfulness can be used with performers in all disciplines; to develop skills such as distraction control, focus, and regulation of anxiety and other emotions, which in turn can affect quality and enjoyment of performance.

When we learn strategies to manage emotions, such as anxiety, anger, frustration we free up important attentional processes to focus on performing and functioning as we would like in our life and work. This also allows us to find space, internally and externally to connect to being increasingly creative.

Please note, in addition to the eight 2-hour evening sessions, a full day retreat for participants will run on Saturday 30th May. This is an opportunity to put learning from the course into practice in a focused environment, but is optional and you do not need to attend in order to successfully complete the course.

Dates: 21 April 2020 – 9 June 2020

Time: 18:30 – 20:30

Cost: £280

Location: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3DB

Further details can be found on the RCS website

RCS The Mindful Musician

 

This short course for people age 17+ will explore the benefits of mindfulness and its value within a music performance context.

The principles of mindfulness will be explained and consolidated through mindfulness meditation practices to help you to be more fully aware and present in the moment.

The course is intended to offer ways to help you experience musical life with renewed confidence and rekindled curiosity and to help you to adopt effective mindful strategies to manage challenges such as performance anxiety and stress.

To help develop your mindfulness skills beyond the course, meditation scripts will be given to you for personal use, details of informal mindful activities that can be integrated into your daily musical lives and a recommended reading list.

Dates: Wed 13th Nov 2019 -OR- Wed 18th Mar 2020

Time: 18:00 – 21:00

Cost: £55

Location: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3DB

Further details can be found on the RCS website

RCS BMus Audition Preparation

 

This one-day short course will help you to gain an understanding of the course content and audition processes for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s four-year BMus degree programme.

It will give you the opportunity to learn about the multiple pathways this unique BMus programme offers. Students will finish the course with a clear understanding of what will be expected of them when either they come to apply and audition or advise their own pupils on the process.

This course will be taught by lecturers from our School of Music who will offer practical advice on the audition process as well as answering any questions.

Students who would benefit from this course may be:

  • school students S3 and above with an interest in applying for the BMus degree programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • music students in further education and in the process of applying for our degree courses
  • a music tutor/teacher preparing students for auditions

You have the opportunity to be participate in this day as a performer or an observer – see Observers tab for more information.

Date: Sun 29th September 2019

Time: 10:00 – 17:00

Cost: £90

Location: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3DB

Further details can be found on the RCS website

RCS BEd Audition Preparation

 

This one-day short course aims to help you to gain a clear understanding of the course content and audition processes for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s BEd Music degree programme.

This course will be taught by lecturers from BEd Music Programme who will offer practical advice on the audition and interview process as well as answering any questions. Students should finish the course with a clear understanding of what will be expected of them when either they come to apply and audition or advise their own pupils on the process.

Students who would benefit from this course may be:

  • school students, S3 and above with an interest in applying for the BEd Music degree programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • music students in further education and in the process of applying for our degree courses
  • a music tutor/teacher preparing students for auditions

You have the opportunity to be participate in this day as a performer or an observer – see Observers tab for more information.

Date: Sun 24th Nov 2019

Time: 10:00 – 17:00

Cost: £90

Location: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3DB

Further details can be found on the RCS website

RCS Conducting Skills: Intermediate

 

 

Whether you work with school bands, community groups or amateur musicians, this course will teach you important conducting techniques which will help you to get the most out of your ensembles.

Using a mixture of lecture demonstration, practical exercises and discussion, students can develop and refine basic skills, including communicative gestures and rehearsal technique.

Led by expert Nigel Boddice MBE, this is a practical, hands-on introduction to the art of conducting.

By the end of the course students will have:

  • learned the foundations of directing in the art of baton technique
  • clarified simple beating patterns
  • begun to appreciate the value of the preparation beat
  • started to incorporate simple stylistic gestures
  • gained an introduction to the role of the left hand

Students will have the opportunity to put their new skills into practice working with a string quartet on day one and a full wind orchestra on day two.

Date: Sat 15th – Sun 16th Feb 2020

Time: 10:00 – 17:00

Cost: £145

Location: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3DB

Further details can be found on the RCS website

NYCOS Go for Gold 08/09/19

 

The NYCOS musicianship programme is based on Kodály method and used in all our regional choirs, in schools across the UK and beyond. A series of structured progressive lessons and games lead the young person from Bronze level to the Gold award which is recognised as the equivalent of ABRSM Grade 5 Theory.

Delivered by NYCOS Education Director Lucinda Geoghegan, our training series provides guidance for adults teaching musicianship skills to young singers in schools, choirs and other settings. Every year around 70 of our choir members sit the Gold Award, and we are looking for people trained to deliver the programme at this level.

This day’s training is aimed at those who are already following the NYCOS Go for Silver musicianship programme, and takes us to a whole new level of more advanced musical concepts, providing material that stretches and challenges but still retains the sense of fun.

It will be a hands on, activity packed day, sure to give you lots of ideas to take away and use, even if you are not currently teaching Go for Gold.

This day’s training is aimed at those who are already following the NYCOS Go for Bronze musicianship programme, and will introduce new games and concepts, based on diatonic pitches. It will be a hands on, activity packed day, sure to give you lots of ideas to take away and use.

Date: Sun 8th Sept 2019

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

Cost: £50 (Adult)/£10 (Student)

Location: RSNO Centre, 19 Killermont Street, Glasgow G2 3NX

Further details can be found on the NYCOS website

NYCOS Go for Silver 19/10/19

 

NYCOS has developed its own musicianship programme – Go for Bronze, Silver and Gold, which is designed for use in schools and choirs by children from 7 upwards. These workshops are aimed at those who are already following the Go for Bronze programme, and will introduce some new games and concepts, including new diatonic pitches. If you are interested in the Kodály approach, this is a good opportunity to find out more, as it will be a hands on, activity packed day, sure to give you lots of ideas to take away and use.

Date: Sat 19th Oct 2019

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

Cost: £50 (Adult)/£10 (Student)

Location: The Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN

Further details can be found on the NYCOS website

NYCOS Go for Gold 20/10/19

 

The NYCOS musicianship programme is based on Kodály method and used in all our regional choirs, in schools across the UK and beyond. A series of structured progressive lessons and games lead the young person from Bronze level to the Gold award which is recognised as the equivalent of ABRSM Grade 5 Theory.

Delivered by NYCOS Education Director Lucinda Geoghegan, our training series provides guidance for adults teaching musicianship skills to young singers in schools, choirs and other settings. Every year around 70 of our choir members sit the Gold Award, and we are looking for people trained to deliver the programme at this level.

This day’s training is aimed at those who are already following the NYCOS Go for Silver musicianship programme, and takes us to a whole new level of more advanced musical concepts, providing material that stretches and challenges but still retains the sense of fun.

It will be a hands on, activity packed day, sure to give you lots of ideas to take away and use, even if you are not currently teaching Go for Gold.

This day’s training is aimed at those who are already following the NYCOS Go for Bronze musicianship programme, and will introduce new games and concepts, based on diatonic pitches. It will be a hands on, activity packed day, sure to give you lots of ideas to take away and use.

Date: Sun 20th Oct 2019

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

Cost: £50 (Adult)/£10 (Student)

Location: RSNO Centre, 19 Killermont Street, Glasgow G2 3NX

Further details can be found on the NYCOS website