PCYM Core Curriculum
The majority of PCYM’s Young Musicians take part in our Core Curriculum that includes:
PCYM focuses on chamber ensemble playing with smaller numbers of students in each class and placed according to ability rather than age.
We currently have 15 ensembles including senior and junior sessions in strings, brass, woodwind, Guitar, piano, Percussion, Band and Jazz.
Beginners at PCYM follow the same curriculum as other students however will take part in sessions suited to their current level of achievement. Those who are not yet ready to join an ensemble on their own instrument will take part in an ensemble skills session to develop basic skills in group performance and ensemble playing.
In the near future we are hoping to offer Music Production also.
Annually we bring all PCYM students together for a large scale project with everyone playing together as an orchestra regardless of instrument or ability.
We have 6 sessions from beginner to senior which cover music theory, aural skills, harmony and composition. Where appropriate young musicians may work towards examinations, performances of their compositions, or support with their GCSE/A Level course work.
Singing develops many key skills in a musician including aural skills, tuning/pitching, sight reading and ensemble awareness. We believe it is a vital part of musical development, even if a student does not identify as a ‘singer’.
Students at PCYM normally take part in one of three sessions
Junior + Intermediate singers – Young Musicians in beginner or junior ensembles
Senior singers – Young Musicians in senior ensembles
Every week students have the opportunity to perform to the students, teachers and parents at PCYM in a sharing and non-judgemental environment. Students can perform in their ensemble or solo on any instrument they wish and playing any style. Students have access to our resident accompanist during this session should they wish.
PCYM Students also take part in a programme of trips and performance opportunities including termly concerts, performances at prestigious events, trips to see high quality live music and free/discounted tickets to see local performances.
Many students enter local music festivals to gain experience and receive feedback.
Many students have their instrument lessons at home/school and take part in the Core Curriculum at PCYM.
For beginners or those looking for instrument lessons, our Full Curriculum ensures they are available as part PCYM and are timetabled in as part of the morning. Free instrument loan is available.