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Scholarships

The Endangered Instrument Scheme

Due to the cost and difficulty of learning the Oboe, Bassoon and French Horn, Music Academy for Schools is offering a scholarship to students wishing to learn these instruments.

The instruments are purchased by Music Academy for Schools with the support of donations and sponsorships and are loaned to the students free of charge, all you need to pay for is the tuition!*

Places are limited, so interested students must complete an application form (download here or call 01283 544888), which will be followed by a short interview. Successful candidates will be taught by a specialist teacher on their chosen instrument. Unsuccessful candidates will be kept on file until more places become available.

*Reeds, oils, music books, other accessories and repairs must be paid for by the student. The instrument remains the property of Music Academy for Schools LLP.

 

About The Instruments

French Horn

• Member of the brass family.

If the tubes were uncoiled they would measure approximately 11 foot (depending on type of horn)

The modern horn is pitched in F and Bflat, this is the double horn. Young students will be taught on a single F horn as they are much lighter.

Common horn composers include: Mozart, Strauss, Hindemith.

The horn can be found playing in many ensembles, such as: orchestra, wind band, wind quintet, brass quartet and quintet, show orchestra, military bands.

The horn uses both treble and bass clef.

The tone of the horn can range from rich and dark to brilliant and exciting!

 

Oboe

• Member of the woodwind family, blown through a double reed.

Common oboe composers include: Vivaldi, Strauss, Martinu.

The oboe dates back to the 17th century when it derived from the shawm.

The oboe can be found playing in ensembles such as: orchestra, wind band, wind quintet, show orchestra, military bands.

The tone of the oboe is very unique. It can range from being honky to a very nasal and sweet sound.

The oboe uses treble clef only and is pitched in concert pitch.

Other members of the oboe family are cor anglais and oboe d'amore.

 

Bassoon

• It is the bass member of the woodwind family, blown through a double reed.

The bassoon dates back to the 17th century.

The bassoon can be found playing in ensembles such as: orchestra, wind band, wind quintet, show orchestra, military bands.

The bassoon has a distinctive tone colour, ranging from warm and dark, to a reedy exciting sound.

The bassoon uses both bass and tenor clef and is pitched in concert pitch.

The total length of the bassoon is approximately 8.5 foot!

Our teachers have been trying out student instruments and have chosen to use the John Packer range. The French Horns are smaller than the standard horn, it has an adjustable finger hook and a left hand support too. The Oboe has reduced keywork making the instrument lighter for the young beginner, but still has the capabilities of playing up to grade four repertoire. The Bassoon, known as the shortreach bassoon also has reduced keywork which helps the student reach all the keys needed, it is supplied with a spike so that the instrument can be rested on the floor making it very light and easier to play.

Can you help with the Endangered Instrument Scheme?

If you would like to donate towards the scholarships please get in contact with us. These instruments are very expensive to buy and every donation helps in a big way.

Music Academy for Schools LLP, Stapenhill Fields Farm, Rosliston Road South, Drakelow, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire. DE15 9UE. 
Tel :  01283 544888       www.music-academy-for-schools.com       info@music-academy-for-schools.com
Partnership No. OC343909