Top Tips on Supporting Talented Young Musicians
Posted on 10th September 2020
If you have talented young musicians in your school or community group, how do you support them and signpost them to further help and advice?
Read our top tips for more information.
Encourage students through performance opportunities; school concerts, assemblies, parents evenings, class recitals, music competitions in and out of school.
Find out about funding bodies such as Future Talent and the London Music Fund who offer funding to help Young Musicians as well as performance opportunities and mentoring.
Find out about performance opportunities locally. Music hubs, youth orchestras and bands, amateur orchestras, bands, choirs, dramatic or operatic societies, music clubs or societies are always keen for new members and young people are often extremely welcome.
Find out about national performance opportunities. The National Youth Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Wales, National Youth Orchestras of Scotland, National Youth Jazz Orchestra, CBSO Youth Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company, Hallé Youth Orchestra, the Sage, Gateshead Young Musicians Programme, and National Youth Choirs are just some of the high level ensembles available to talented students.
Recommend recordings on Spotify or You Tube.
Recommend performances they might like. Live concerts such as the BBC Proms often have tickets available from £6, and orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic have a wonderful series of webcasts. You can sometimes even watch the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Metropolitan Opera or performances from the Royal Opera House at the cinema or on YouTube
Encourage students to attend events such as the Music and Drama Education Expo in London or Manchester, annual opportunities to explore the options in music education, workshops and masterclasses with visiting tutors, or any other music-related events they can get to.
Online resources can be very helpful. ViolinSchool is a great place to find violin-specific tuition support and information
YouTube has a wealth of masterclasses with top instrumentalists, often in manageable chunks, but sometimes full-length videos of an hour or more, and websites for music radio stations and magazines such as Classic FM and the BBC have a huge amount of musical information for enthusiastic learners.
Be wary of recommending online instrumental tutorials until you have checked out the quality though. There is a lot of bad teaching online and you have to sift a bit to find the most valuable output.
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