Junior Trinity’s String Time programme is for children aged 3–11 years.
It encourages young players on their musical journey in ensemble and creative work. String Time is a great opportunity for young players to make music and receive professional coaching in a relaxed yet disciplined environment.
Dalcroze Eurhythmics Musicianship Training
This musicianship training involves full-body movement to music, speeding up the connections between the ear, the brain and the limbs, and helping the children with coordination, posture, concentration and integration of mind and body. Eurhythmics creates a comprehensive foundation in the fundamental rhythmic elements of pulse, bartime and phrasing, alongside opportunities for expressive and creative development.
The String Time Programme is divided into a number of groups. The progressive curriculum is designed to gradually develop students' musical skills from the very first stages of starting to learn a string instrument onwards. This is delivered through a mixture of ensemble and technique sessions combined with creative musicianship, theory training and choirs (Rhythm Runners and Fast Fiddlers only).
|Trinity Teenies||Nursery and Reception||3-5||N/A||Musicianship|
|String Starters||Year 1||5-6||Foundation Level||Ensemble
|Stepping Stones||Year 2||6-7||Preliminary - Grade 1||Ensemble
|Rhythm Runners||Year 3 and 4||7-9||Grade 2-4||Ensemble
|Fast Fiddlers||Year 5 and 6||9-11||Grade 4-6||Dalcroze
At the String Starters level, students are able to begin learning the violin, viola or cello within the Ensemble session. From their second term in String Starters, students will need to take 30-minute individual lessons in addition to the group classes.
Individual instrumental lessons are available in the early morning or afternoon outside the standard String Time Programme times. Students are not required to have their individual instrumental lesson at Junior Trinity. However, students who take individual lessons in-house benefit from learning with teachers who also have the opportunity to observe their group lessons, to provide a broad general music education.
Venue and timetable
The String Time programme takes place at Meridian Primary School. The outline timetable will be as follows:
|Trinity Teenies||Saturday morning||1 group session|
|String Starters||Saturday morning||2 group sessions|
|Stepping Stones||Saturday morning and early afternoon||3 group sessions|
|Rhythm Runners||Saturday morning and early afternoon||4 group sessions|
|Fast Fiddlers||Saturday morning and afternoon||5 group sessions|
There are generally 15 places in each school year group. Once students accept a place on the String Time Programme, they progress through the group structure each year, depending on their age and progress. Please note that places from the Reception school year upwards will always depend on the level of current students re-enrolling each year.
Applicants will be added to the String Time Programme waiting list on the date that their application form is received. Places will be offered during the Summer Term (June/July) for the following September.
Please note that there are only 15 places per school year group and that places from the Reception school year upwards will always depend on the level of current student re-enrolment.