Leighton Linslade Inspiring Music Centre
Leighton Linslade Inspiring Music Centre’s base is Vandyke Upper School, Leighton Buzzard. This music centre provides bespoke singing and instrumental activities for children and adults with Special Educational Needs (SEND).
When is it open?
September 15, 22 and 29
October 6 and 13
November 3, 10, 17 and 24
December 1 and 8
January 12, 19 and 26
February 2 and 23
March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
May 11 and 18
June 8, 15, 22 and 29
July 6 and 13
We schedule times around the academic year, but anyone can use a centre - they're open to people of all ages and standards, from beginner upwards, with a wide range of opportunities to develop musicianship and playing skills. For most people, music has its greatest impact when played with others.
Timetable for 2018
Session 1: 9:30am to 10:10am
Keyboard session 1 in Room A79: all ages and abilities developing their piano / keyboard skills. Led by Sarah Robinson, assisted by Ruth Robinson. 15 spaces
Junior Band in Room A78: this wind band welcomes all ages and abilities. Brass, woodwind and percussion led by Chris Jones who often composes especially for them
Ukulele Group in the 6th Form Lounge: not beginners but more a variety of experience in this lively group. Led by Garry Layden
Beginner Guitar in Room A80: from absolute beginners to those more mature performers re-discovering old skills. Led by John Stevens
String Ensemble in the large practice room: playing classical string quartet music and more modern music as well. Led by Tim Hammond
Mini music in the small practice room: from Reception to year 2. Learn about pulse, rhythm and melody, sing and play together. Led by Sally Mounter
10:10am to 10:50am
Keyboard session 2 in Room A79: all ages and abilities developing their piano / keyboard skills. Led by Tim Hammond (assisted by Noriko Cable). 15 spaces
Beginner Woodwind Groups in Room A78: two groups running together and individually. A chance to learn from the start as well as more advanced players working together. Led by Chris Jones.
Folk Group in the 6th Form Lounge: this group plays a mix of traditional and more modern songs and tunes. Led by Sally Mounter and Edmund Flach
Intermediate Guitar in Room A80: more complex repertoire and part playing. Led by John Stevens
Brass Ensemble in the large practice room: tunes through the ages with our mix of young and older. Led by Sarah Robinson (assisted by Ruth Robinson)
African Drumming in the Drama Studio: all ages and experiences playing together and learning African rhythms. Led by Mitch Perrins
Woodwind Ensemble in the small practice room: oboe, saxophones and other advanced wind players. Led by Garry Layden
10:50am to 11:10am
11:10am to 11:50am
Junior Producer in Room A79: learn all about digital recording techniques using a Digital Audio Workstation. Led by Mitch Perrins. This is a double session through to 12:30pm
Swing / Concert Band in Room A78: for more experienced players, brass / woodwind and a rhythm section. Led by Tim Hammond
SEN Music - Reach for the Stars in the 6th Form Lounge: Reach for the Stars Choir. Voice is the key for this class for adults and children with SEN. Led by Ruth & Sarah Robinson
Advanced Guitar in Room A80: as it sounds, the more advanced players together. Led by John Stevens
11:50am to 12:30pm
Junior Producer in Room A79: learn all about digital recording techniques using a Digital Audio Workstation. Led by Mitch Perrins. This is a double session, starting at 11:10am through to 12:30pm
Pop orchestra / singing in Room A78: a large pop group for the more experienced musicians and singers. Led by Tim Hammond
SEN Music - Mish Mash Music in the 6th Form Lounge: instrumentally based discovery class. Led by Sarah Robinson, assisted by Ruth Robinson and Noriko Cable
String Based Folk / Rock Group in Room A80: Folk Rock covers, compositions and classics in this mix of instruments. Led by John Stevens, assisted by Sally Mounter
Theory and Practical Musicianship in the large practice room: music and theory practice essential for any musician’s development. Led by Mitch Perrins.
Joining a centre
You can visit an Inspiring Music Centre for a free session, have a look around, speak to the tutors, listen to the music and generally make sure you are comfortable with the set up, before signing up to join.
The gates are open from 9:15am allowing time for people to be dropped off and to park. There is ample parking in the playground at the school.
Where to go on arrival
If you are coming to the centre for the first time, please go to the main doors and speak to a member of the Inspiring Music team who will show you around the venue and where the group sessions take place.
There is a break from 10:50am to 11:10am. In the break, there is a tuck shop and hot refreshments for parents and staff.
Who to contact
The Centre Head is Tim Hammond.