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Bracknell Music Centre

Berkshire Maestros' Bracknell Music Centre runs music lessons, choirs and instrumental ensembles for children and young adults in the Bracknell area. Based at The Open Learning Centre in Bracknell, the centre benefits from excellent facilities, including several teaching rooms and the use of two fantastic halls. Additionally, we are lucky to have rooms available at the Brakenhale school, where some of our teaching takes place. On a Saturday morning there is a tuck shop run by the Parents and Friends Association.

The centre is a buzzing environment with high quality music education at its heart, providing young people with a safe and friendly environment to learn and make new friends.

To find us, please enter the Open Learning Centre car park, second on the left, and enter the main reception of the building. Turn left as you walk past the reception and follow the corridor round to the Berkshire Maestros office. There are two car parks available for use (one at either end of the building).

Open Learning Centre

Lessons

At Bracknell Music Centre we provide lessons after school and at the weekends in a wide range of instruments and styles to suit all (subject to the availability of our teachers). We have a large number of teaching rooms of varying sizes to run the lessons in and parents can wait in our reception area if necessary.

Lessons are fun and interactive and provide children with the skills and knowledge to become excellent musicians. Sessions are tailored to individual needs and can build up to music examinations or simply focus on the enjoyment of playing. It might also be possible to hire an instrument from us if you are interested in lessons but don't own an instrument (subject to availability and our usual terms and conditions of instrument hire).

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Ensembles

As well as lessons, Bracknell Music Centre provides an opportunity for young musicians to join a wide variety of musical ensembles. These range from Early Years classes with Mini Maestros, through beginner bands to the most advanced ensembles in each area. Opportunities are available for string ensembles, wind ensembles, brass bands, percussion ensembles, choirs and guitar bands, and also contemporary workshops/sessions for rock musicians. Classes in music theory are available to those wanting to improve their academic music knowledge.

Ensembles provide a perfect opportunity for young musicians to enjoy playing as part of a team, improving and enhancing many areas of their learning. Their knowledge of repertoire will be extended and they will learn more about techniques and musicality.

Ensembles also enable young musicians to come together to share a joint passion and create new lasting friendships.
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        KEY: Beginner Ensembles
ENSEMBLE OPPORTUNITIES AT BRACKNELL MUSIC CENTRE
 
Strings
Groups Day Place Time Ability/Age
Mozart String Orchestra Friday Open Learning Centre 16.45 - 17.45 Beginner -  Grade 3
Vivaldi Orchestra Friday Open Learning Centre 18.00 - 19.00 Grade 3 - 6
Corelli Orchestra Friday Open Learning Centre 17.45 - 20.15 Grade 6+
         

Woodwind
Groups Day Place Time Ability/Age
Whistling Woodwind Saturday Open Learning Centre 11.30 - 12.30 5 notes - Grade 2
Clarinet Choir Saturday Open Learning Centre 09.00 - 09.45 Grade 3+
Training Band Thursday Open Learning Centre 18.30 - 20.30 Grade 2 - 5
Concert Band Thursday Open Learning Centre 19:00 - 21.00 By audition
Corelli Orchestra Friday Open Learning Centre 19.00 - 20.15 By audition
         

Brass
Groups Day Place Time Ability/Age
Murphy Brass Band Saturday Open Learning Centre 09.00 - 10.00 5 notes - Grade 2
Andre Brass Band Saturday Open Learning Centre 11.30 - 12.30 Grade 3 - 5
The Marc Edwards Youth Brass Band Saturday Open Learning Centre 09.00 - 10.00 By audition
Training Band Thursday Open Learning Centre 18.30 - 20.30 Grade 2 - 5
Concert Band Thursday Open Learning Centre 19.00 - 21.00 By audition
         

Percussion
Groups Day Place Time Ability/Age
Murphy Brass Band Saturday Open Learning Centre 09.00 - 10.00 5 notes - Grade 2
Watson Brass Band Saturday Open Learning Centre 11.30 - 12.30 Grade 2 - 4
Andre Brass Band Saturday Open Learning Centre 11.30 - 12.30 Grade 4 - 6
Marc Edwards Youth Brass Band Saturday Open Learning Centre 09.00 - 11.00 By audition
Training Band Thursday Open Learning Centre 18.30 - 20.30 Grade 2 - 5
Concert Band Thursday Open Learning Centre 19.00 - 21.00 By audition
Percussion Ensemble Thursday Open Learning Centre 18.00 - 18.45 Grade 2+
         

Guitars
Groups Day Place Time Ability/Age
Bracknell Guitar Ensemble Saturday Open Learning Centre 10.30 - 11.30 Stage 3 - Grade 5+
         

Soundstage
(Opportunities for Guitarist, Drummers, Singers and Keyboard Players to join a Rock Band - find out more about Berkshire Maestros Soundstage here)
Groups Day Place Time Ability/Age
Live Band Workshop Tuesday Open Learning Centre 17.00 - 18.00 1 Terms experience
Live Band Workshop Tuesday Open Learning Centre 18.20 - 19.20 1 Terms experience
         

Choirs/Theory
Groups Day Place Time Ability/Age
Bracknell Children's Choir Saturday Open Learning Centre 09.45 - 10.15 Reception - Year 3
Bracknell Young Singers Saturday Open Learning Centre 10.00 - 10.30 Years  4+
Theory Grade 1 - 5 Friday Open Learning Centre 17.00 - 17.30 & 18.00 - 18.30
         

Mini Maestros
Groups Day Place Time Ability/Age
Moving On (with parent) Saturday Open Learning Centre 10.10 - 10.40 3 - 4 Years old
Walking Tall Saturday Open Learning Centre 09.35 - 10.05 4 - 5 Years old
Beat Keepers Saturday Open Learning Centre 11.30 - 12.10 5 - 6 Years old
Rhythm Makers Saturday Open Learning Centre 10.45 - 11.25 6 - 7 Years old
Music Makers II - Intro to Brass Saturday Open Learning Centre 11.05 - 11.35 7 - 8 Years old
Bracknell Children's Choir on Saturday 09.45 - 10.15. FREE to Mini Maestros students at appropriate stage.

Contact Information:

Rosie Saxton, Music Centre Manager

01344 782970

bracknell@berkshiremaestros.org.uk

Bracknell Music Centre, Open Learning Centre,
Rectory Lane, Bracknell RG12 7GR

Office Opening Hours:

Monday Closed 4pm - 6pm at Emmbrook School
Tuesday 10.00 -12.30 & 1.30 - 5pm Bracknell Music Centre office
Wednesday 10.00 -12.30 & 1.30 - 5pm Bracknell Music Centre office
Thursday 10.00 -12.30 & 1.30 - 6pm Bracknell Music Centre office
Friday 10.00 -12.30 & 1.30 - 6pm Bracknell Music Centre office
Saturday 9.00 – 12.30pm Bracknell Music Centre office

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Please note that these are general hours only and that there will be occasions when the office is not staffed. If you need to pop in it is best to call or email first to ensure that someone will be in.

Please be aware the Music Centre is not open during school holidays. If you wish to drop off an instrument during the school holidays you may do so at Reading Music Centre.

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