Junior EYSM

JUNIOR is the younger sibling of EYSM! Children aged 8 – 12 can take part in three fun filled days of music making, with a final night performance to parents and friends.

An instrumental course including Piano, Vocal, Composition, Improvisation and more

About Junior

Junior EYSM offers a range of opportunities for ensemble and solo work. See FAQs or email us on [email protected] to ask any questions you have about how Junior would suit your child. 

Day Places

Monday 27 July to Wednesday 29 July 2020

09:00 to 19:30 on Monday and Tuesday, ending 20:00 on Wednesday

RESIDENTIAL PLACES

Residential Juniors are asked to arrive the day before, so they can be settled in their rooms.  They can register at any time from 15:00 to 17:00 on Sunday 26 July.

PERFORMANCES

There will be final-night performances of Juniors and their ‘buddies’ from the main EYSM course. There is no charge for parents/friends at these performances.

Residential Places

Payable as a deposit of £100 on application, then a second payment of £225 in April/May. This can be paid in 3 instalments of £75.

£325
  • Full Board
  • Full Tuition

Day Places

Payable as a deposit of £45 on application, then a second payment of £135 when requested in April/May. This can be paid in 3 instalments of £45.

£180
  • 3 Meals Provided
  • Full Tuition

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A Typical Day

This outline may vary as we work very much to the strengths and aspirations of the young people on Junior each year and include individual attention. The course develops day by day

09:10
09:50
10:00
10:40
11:00
11:10
11:50
12:00
12:40
13:30
14:20
16:00
17:00
18:15
19:00
19:30

Choir

Break

Percussion

Break

Singing and Signing

(A song for the deaf)

Composition

Break

Jazz

Lunch

Chill out time or Sport with House-staff

Junior Orchestra

Break

Time built in for orchestra-watching, or joining ensemble groups with buddies

Working on Compositions

World Music

Supper

Some short rehearsals/tutorials

Close of the day

except on the final night, which will be at 20:00 after the performance

09:10

Choir

09:50

Break Time

10:00

Percussion

10:40

Break Time

11:00

Singing and Signing

11:10

Composition

11:50

Break

12:00

Jazz

12:40

Lunch

Chill out time or Sport with House-Staff

13:30

Junior Orchestra

14:20

Break

Time for orchestra watching, or joining ensembles with buddies

16:00

Working on Compositions

17:00

World Music

18:15

Supper

19:00

Short rehearsals / tutorials

19:30

End of the day

except on the final night, which will be at 20:00 after the performance

Norma Whitson

Junior team leader

Norma graduated from The Royal Academy of Music to enjoy a career involving a wide range of genres in performing and teaching throughout Europe and the UK. Her teaching experience has been varied, working with all ages and abilities from Schools to the Junior Royal College of Music. Many of her pupils have become professional musicians and teachers, some of which regularly play in the London orchestras and The West End. 

Norma worked as Head of Brass for the Merton Music Foundation and currently conducts the Merton Youth Concert Band, who have entertained at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships for around 20 years. For over 15 years Norma has been a trumpet tutor for the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain, a highlight of which was working with them at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Norma is a dedicated music educator who understands the need to inspire young people to want to achieve a high level of performance. She is enthusiastic and passionate about introducing children to music.

Junior EYSM Team

Junior EYSM is supported by tutors and staff of the main course.

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

JUNIOR is the younger sibling of EYSM!  We had lots of enquiries from parents of younger children so we created ‘JUNIOR’.

At St Catherine’s, alongside the main EYSM course. 

None, it’s a creative course, though you can work on one of your own pieces if you like.  You will learn about composition and create a own musical piece for the end-of-course performance; you will sing, and sign, a song, and prepare other performances. There will be Percussion, World Music and other exciting new things each day. 

If you are a high flyer who has already played in lots of ensembles, then you may spend quite a bit of time playing with ‘buddies’ from the EYSM course who join the Junior Orchestra and ensemble groups. If you have not had a lot of experience of playing with others, then you may concentrate on the Junior Orchestra and enjoy World Music and Composition best. Each JUNIOR will have a full and individual programme so s/he achieves good things, whilst really enjoying the fun atmosphere of this summer course.

No! There will be fun things organised and free time each day. Junior has its own house-staff (pastoral helpers) who will organise activities which like Rounders – Party Games – Treasure Hunt – Movies – and lots more!

Yes, you will perform for family, friends, tutors, teachers, and all the EYSM students and their tutors. 

We will let you know right away; it’s a first-come first-served course, advertised only by word of mouth and on this website.

Yes you will – and we are always at the end of the telephone/email if you have questions in the meantime.

Meals are in the Dining Hall and the food is hot and cold buffets, with choice at every meal, there’s also a pasta bar, vegetarian options and we cater for all food allergies.

They are all involved in music performance and all hold enhanced DBS disclosures. Their job descriptions are available to parents on request and our safeguarding policy will be sent out with the course pack. House-staff cover a range of ages, some are young adults who have been on the course in previous years and want to give something back. Others are older. All have special skills and most are either qualified teachers or nurses.  

House-staff make sure that Juniors have lots to do and have rest time too. House-staff meet each day to report on the welfare of Juniors. If there are any problems we deal with them in full consultation with parents / guardians / carers.  Oh, and, house-staff not only organise Juniors’ leisure activities, they join in them too.

Read the section on bursaries at the bottom of the ‘Costs’ page.

Yes, you can either pay all at once in April, when you receive the course pack, or by instalments in April, May, June and July. If you apply late, you should ask about late instalments.

We will respond to you within 48 hours.

Yes you will. There will be lots of information and you can also telephone or email.

Comfortable clothes for playing instruments and playing games. For the concerts you will need a white shirt and black trousers or black jeans.

Twin, triple rooms or small ‘dorms’ – according to numbers and ages. Shower blocks have single cubicles and plenty of toilets. Meals are in the Dining Hall and the food is hot and cold buffets with choice at every meal. There are vegetarian options and we can cater for all food allergies.

– Young people join us from across the world
– The range of experience is exciting
– We play a huge amount of music throughout the week
– The Conductors and Tutors are amazing
– We create stunning performances, whilst having so much fun