We would again encourage families (including grandparents) to offer as birthday or Christmas presents, monies for music lessons, exams or music centre subs. This is an ideal (and useful) way where grandparents or aunts/uncles can support their family – and also have enjoyment at hearing the outcomes!

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For members of South Derbyshire Music Centre

These are for anyone who wishes to move from one group to the next
(see below). For woodwind and brass players, it’s possible to play a first part in one band, and also a second or third part in a band which is of a higher level.

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The Derbyshire Music Education Hub is a collaboration between key local and regional music organisations, led by the Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership, working together to create joined up, high quality music education in and out of school.

Find out more…

Click one of the links below to find out more about the Music Hub, its county music ensembles, and how to become a member.

SDMC Concert Uniform

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Full and prescribed uniform should be worn at each concert. Players and singers are ‘on show’ and therefore representing the Music Centre from the moment they enter a concert venue until they leave. The uniform should be worn correctly (shirts properly tucked in, ties tied correctly, top shirt button fastened etc.).

Club Band and pBuzz groups: Your normal School Uniform

Junior, Intermediate, Senior Bands and Youth Choir: Boys’ Uniform

Long-sleeve white school-type shirt; Black trousers; Music Centre tie; Black socks; Clean black shoes (not trainers)

 Junior, Intermediate, Senior Bands and Youth Choir: Girls’ Uniform

Long-sleeve white school-type shirt (which allows a tie to be tied properly); Plain black skirt (below the knee) and black tights OR Black trousers (not skin tight) and black socks; Music Centre tie; Clean black shoes (not trainers or high heels)       No jewellery

Junior Voices:

Red T-Shirts (loaned at no cost); Black skirt/trousers etc as above; Clean black shoes (not trainers)

Music Centre ties can be brought from the admin desk on Music Centre evening at a cost of £6.00.

Please note: Uniform will be checked before players go on stage, and the Centre reserves the right to withdraw a player or singer if the prescribed uniform is not worn correctly.

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Everyone who is a British tax payer can take part in the Gift Aid scheme. If you sign up to Gift Aid, it means SDMC can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give and it will not cost you any extra. To do this you must make sure you are signed up first. Simply fill in the following form and hand it into us at the welcome desk. If you don’t have access to a printer please ask us for a copy. Please speak with Helen Smith or Lesley Holt if you have any queries.

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MUSIC SHOP

Did you know we have a small shop at Music Centre? We have reeds for woodwind instruments, various oils & creams for brass instruments, cleaning brushes, music bags.

Have you seen our new SDMC hoodies and polo shirts? We have a few in stock or can take an order for you.

Please ask for more details.

This handbook contains all our policies and procedures operated by South Derbyshire Music Centre. It is overseen by our Trustees

Find attached the results of the Parent ans student questionaires

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SDMC Concert Uniform

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Full and prescribed uniform should be worn at each concert. Players and singers are ‘on show’ and therefore representing the Music Centre from the moment they enter a concert venue until they leave. The uniform should be worn correctly (shirts properly tucked in, ties tied correctly, top shirt button fastened etc.).

Club Band and pBuzz groups: Your normal School Uniform

Junior, Intermediate, Senior Bands and Youth Choir: Boys’ Uniform

Long-sleeve white school-type shirt; Black trousers; Music Centre tie; Black socks; Clean black shoes (not trainers)

 Junior, Intermediate, Senior Bands and Youth Choir: Girls’ Uniform

Long-sleeve white school-type shirt (which allows a tie to be tied properly); Plain black skirt (below the knee) and black tights OR Black trousers (not skin tight) and black socks; Music Centre tie; Clean black shoes (not trainers or high heels)       No jewellery

Junior Voices:

Red T-Shirts (loaned at no cost); Black skirt/trousers etc as above; Clean black shoes (not trainers)

Music Centre ties can be brought from the admin desk on Music Centre evening at a cost of £6.00.

Please note: Uniform will be checked before players go on stage, and the Centre reserves the right to withdraw a player or singer if the prescribed uniform is not worn correctly.

Club Band

Alla Marcia – played or sung in the style of a march
Accent – an emphasis, stress, or stronger attack placed on a particular note
Allegro con moto – quick, bright
Dynamics – the volume of a note; how loud or quiet a phrase or piece is
Spirito – played in a lively manner

Junior Band

Allegro Agitato – play it as if you’re nervous or agitated!
Pesante – heavy and ponderous
Accent – an emphasis, stress, or stronger attack placed on a particular note
Sforzando –  make a strong, sudden accent on a note
Rallentando – a gradual slowing of the tempo. The abbreviation is rall. 

Junior Voices 

Moderato – sung or played at a moderate speed
Con energico – sung or played with energy
Allegro – lively, cheerful, brisk
Dynamics – the volume of a note; how loud or quiet a phrase or piece is

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Virtual Meetings / Rehearsals

South Derbyshire Music Trust

Virtual Meetings Policy and Protocols

The safety and wellbeing of staff, parent helpers and music centre members is of paramount importance to South Derbyshire Music Trust

It is therefore essential that we all adhere to the following:

  1. The parent/carer should, if possible, log on to the zoom session 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the session. This will ensure that all participants are allocated to their breakout room in time for the session to make a prompt start.  If a child is attending more than one zoom session, they should stay in the first one and they will automatically be transferred to the next one.
  2. The zoom session must be started with/by the parent/carer or a designated responsible adult and should be ended by them. 
  3. The responsible adult is present throughout to supervise the child; if not in the room, then able to view the room through an open door. 
  4. The usual music centre standard of behaviour is expected from all participants.
  5. Zoom sessions must take place in a suitable area of the home in a shared space (e.g. kitchen, sitting room) and not in a private space (i.e. a bedroom) with the door open throughout and, ideally, with no personal items visible in the background
  6. Ensure all distractions and disturbances are minimised
  7. Appropriate clothing must be worn (e.g. as would be worn at music centre, school, or equivalent).
  8. The Ensemble Director and/or parent helper may choose to wear headphones, for clarification, but the pupil cannot wear headphones as the zoom session must be audible to the responsible adult.
  9.  Staff will be the last one to leave the meeting and a member of staff or parent helper will not be on their own in a breakout room with a child.
  10. Zoom sessions must not be recorded by the parent/pupils and will not be recorded by the Ensemble Director, without 48 hours prior notice. If you do not wish you child to be recorded please let us know within 24 hours of the session.

If a parent/carer has any concerns,
please contact our Coordinator coordsdmc@hotmail.co.uk