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!


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

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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