What can we expect for Music Summer School in 2022?
Since the last Music Summer School, Brighton & Hove Music and Arts and East Sussex Music have come together as Create Music. This means that our Music Summer School 2022 is going to be bigger and better than ever! Over the past couple of years we’ve all missed the enjoyment that comes from playing music face-to-face, and Music Summer School 2022 aims to bring together young musicians from across the region to safely experience the joy of making music together. We believe passionately in the many benefits of taking part in music and aim to support all children and young people to achieve their musical potential through our programme of high quality, creative Music Summer School courses.
My child doesn't play an instrument; can they still attend Music Summer School?
Whatever you’re into we have a course for you, with courses focused on music technology, singing, rock & pop and classical music. We also have courses that are listed by ability level, from complete beginner (our “Let’s Play” courses), to learners or intermediate (our “workshop” courses) to advanced (our “ensemble” courses). So there’s something for everyone.
Who teaches the Music Summer School courses?
By working with our team of highly-trained and friendly music leaders in the informal setting provided by our Music Summer School, children and young people have the chance to develop new skills and share their musical progress, with every course culminating in a celebration performance. Create Music is the music education hub for Brighton & Hove and East Sussex, enriching lives by giving children and young people the lifelong gift of music. We are the region’s leading provider of high-quality, inclusive music and arts education. Create Music offers children, young people and adults the chance to explore their passion for music through lessons, ensembles, projects, workshops, orchestras and summer schools, together with exceptional performance opportunities.
What are the locations for your Music Summer School?
This year we will be offering an amazing diversity of music courses, across different venues in Brighton, Lewes and Eastbourne. In Brighton we are thrilled to be returning to the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts for our Music Summer School and to bring 34 courses across a week and a half – a true celebration of youth music making in a fantastic, state-of-the-art performance venue. Also in Brighton we’ll be offering courses for the first time our new home, at Sound Rooms on the Lewes Road. We will also be offering a full week of brilliant courses at St Andrew’s Prep in Eastbourne, an independent private prep school which has fantastic top-class facilities; also in Eastbourne, we will offer courses at East Sussex College too for the very first time. And lastly, we are really happy to be running courses again from Lewes Performing Arts Centre.
What does it cost?
Course fees begin at £33 for 1-day courses. Every course includes a performance and for the majority of performances there is no additional charge for tickets*
For 2022 – pupils already learning with Create Music will automatically receive a 10% discount on all course costs.
In addition, pupils who are currently receiving a bursary (any level) will be awarded an additional 25% bursary on summer school and coach fees for up to three days of activities.
*Please note that courses 15, 16, 17 and 18 will include evening performances in the main auditorium, for which tickets need to be purchased from Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts.
I am unsure about which course would be suitable for my child in terms of their ability level; how can I make sure that I select an appropriate course?
All courses are listed by ability level, and there are several "beginner" levels which are described in more detail below. If you have any questions about whether the course is suitable for your child, please speak directly to their music teacher for further clarification.
Open Access - no prior experience needed
Beginner – in the first year of learning
Beginner to Grade 1 - for children in their 2nd and 3rd year of learning
Up to Grade 2 – for children in their 2nd and 3rd year of learning
What are the Summer School timings each day?
All courses run from 9.30am - 3.30pm daily.
Courses during school time
As a Music Education Hub we are also part-funded by the Department for Education to deliver the National Plan for Music Education, and our summer school provision is part of our broader music education programme.
Historically both the local authority and the vast majority of schools have worked in partnership with us to enable children to come out of school to attend our summer school activities. The activities are educational and considered to be an opportunity to both enrich and further learner progress and as such, are often viewed to be of similar benefit to a school trip.
Our application process recommends that parents/carers seek permission from their child’s school to attend the courses. In our experience, the majority of headteachers are happy to give this permission and therefore a child coming to summer school would be classed as an authorised absence. If helpful, Create Music can also verify your child’s attendance at summer school, to their own school, after courses have taken place.
Do I have to attend every day?
Young musicians will get the most of their Summer School experience if they attend every day of the course. However, we do understand that sometimes a young person may need to miss part or all of one of the days.
If you cannot attend on every day of the course, please notify us in advance by email. Please note that the full course fees will still be due.
We recommend that you check in advance if any of the course dates clash with other activities such as sports days or other school events.
What is your cancellation/refund policy?
Invoices for each course must be paid in advance before the course starts.
If any days are attended of a two/three day course, the full fee is payable.
If you need make a cancellation as your child can no longer attend, a 50% refund will be given if you give 14 days notice from the first day of the course.
What if the course I have booked is full?
Students will be placed on a waiting list and if spaces become available, you will be contacted in order of application date. You will only receive an invoice if a place is confirmed.
I've booked a coach place for my child but they no longer need it.
The coach fees are fixed for each course and are payable in full, regardless of whether your child travels on the coach every day or only on some days of the course.
If we are expecting your child to travel by coach with us but your arrangements have changed, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing us or calling 01273 261 565, as incorrect registers may delay the coach.
Refunds will only be given if coach travel for the whole course is cancelled at least 2 weeks before the first day of the course.