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 8 ensembles including senior and junior sessions in strings, brass, woodwind and piano.
This September we are also launching junior and senior guitar and percussion ensembles.
We have 4 classes from beginner to senior which cover music theory, aural skills, harmony and composition. Where appropriate young musicians may work towards examinations or performances of their compositions.
Beginners – Grades 0-1
Juniors – Grades 2-3
Intermediate – Grades 4-5
Seniors – Grades 6+
Singing develops many key skills in a musician including aural skills, tuning/pitching, sight reading and ensemble awareness. Students at PCYM normally take part in one of three sessions
Junior singing – Young Musicians in beginner or junior ensembles
Senior singing – Young Musicians in senior ensembles
Chamber choir – First study singers and those with specific interest in singing
Each 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 such as the Mayors Freedom of the City dinner and free/discounted tickets to see local performances.
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 a keyboard skills ensemble session to develop basic skills in group performance and ensemble playing.