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Work Experience at Taff’s Well Music Studio

 MUSIC SCHOOL WORK EXPERIENCE PLACEMENTS

2015

Hours 10am – 1.00pm & 1.30pm – 3.00pm Monday – Friday

Person Specification

We expect our work experience personnel to have a background in music performance and music theory. Ideally the candidate will have obtained ABRSM Grade 5 music theory or have  comparable arranging skills for popular music and be studying GCSE/AS/A Level/Undergraduate Music/Music Technology/I.T./Performing Arts/Graphic Design. We prefer candidates with good IT skills, experience of using the notation software system Sibelius/Ableton and a good standard of written and spoken English.

We are a laid-back home-based working environment and the placement would suit a positive, enthusiastic candidate who is willing to learn. There is no dress code. Please bring your own lunch and be on time. We will provide tea and coffee etc.

Job Description

Running a music studio is a highly administrative task. We will expect the candidate to undertake the following tasks: –

1) Photocopying/Printing: We are currently putting together a library of sheet music. The candidate will need to photocopy arrangements of musical works as directed by us and place them into display files of music. We may also ask the candidate to scan paperwork onto our computer as we are working towards a paperless office. We may also ask the candidate to print photographs and learning materials to laminate for students. There may also be other administrative tasks such as answering the phone and filling in spread-sheets.

2) Uploading Audio: We are currently digitalising our vast collection of CDs onto a hard drive. The candidate will be expected to load the disc into a computer and, where possible, categorize it by genre (i.e. classical, jazz, pop, dance music)

3) Social Media Content Creation: We operate a social media strategy using the programme Hootsuite. This comprises of 21 pre-scheduled messages for Twitter (3 per day) which is linked to our WordPress website www.taffswellmusicstudio.co.uk. The candidate will be trained in using these tools. This may involve an element of research on the internet for interesting content for our students (i.e. free sheet music sites, music theory resources, interesting concerts in the local area, opportunities for performance, training courses etc).

4) Arranging Music with Sibelius:  We run mother and toddler music sessions at a local nursery. The candidate will be expected to arrange nursery rhymes into a piano score with a simple LH harmony. These nursery rhymes will then need to be transposed into every one of the 12 keys. Again training will be provided.

5) Composing using Ableton: For the above mentioned mother and toddler group we will require you to make an interesting arrangement of the nursery rhyme previously arranged on Sibelius using the DAW software platform Ableton 8.  Again full training will be provided. If the candidate is a skilled performer they may bring their instrument to record.

6) Performance: We may decide to have a jam at some point too if the candidate enjoys improvisation and wants to have a go. We may film this performance for social media content for the school. Parents will need to sign a disclaimer form.

If the candidate performs their tasks to a satisfactory standard then there will be a financial reward or a demo recording at the end of the week and opportunities for further casual paid work in the summer holidays. A reference will also be provided.

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Music Party In Aid of Ty Hafan the Children’s Hospice in Wales

TWMS is going to run a music party in aid of Ty Hafan the children’s hospice in Wales. We will aim to broadcast this event using live streaming technology to the entire world.

http://www.tyhafan.org/

The gig will run from 12pm on Saturday 20th July until late.

Line Up So Far: –

Ben Franks
Climbing Trees
Ellie Makes Music
Elinor Berwer
Frances Jenkins Solo Piano Set
Gwen Hill Solo Piano Set
Tiny Twms Kids Show
Rachel Parry
Y-Chrome DJ set

£2 entry on the door all proceeds to charity.

TWMS Events Summer 2013

We have a lot of exciting events in the pipeline including: –

Tiny Twms Sessions @Gwaelod Village Hall (24th June)

Frances Jenkins @The Glastonbury Fringe Festival (26th -29th June)

The Ty Hafan Music Marathon @Taffs Well Music Studio (July 20th),

The Big Green Gathering (1st – 4th Aug)

Tiny Twms @The Beautiful Days Festival (16th – 18th Aug)

More events to follow…..

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Live Music Exchange

It is with quite a large amount of glee that I shall return to my student haunt the Atrium this Saturday to watch the Live Music Exchange conference.

It promises to be an interesting day with keynote speeches from Professor George McKay (Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Salford and AHRC Leadership Fellow, Connected Communities Programme) and panellists that include Fiona Stewart (Green Man Festival), Simon Dancey (British Council), Huw Williams (founder Welsh Music Foundation), Arts Council Wales, John Rostron (SWN Festival/Welsh Music Foundation) and Dai Davies (Creative Industries Panel Wales).

I had the pleasure of interviewing a number of the attendees for my dissertation and I am excited at the prospect of hearing their expertise into live music in Wales. It is important that musicians  understand the state of live music from a policy perspective. These are the people who know what they are doing.

I have ordered a spare ticket if one of our members would like to accompany me for the day. It’s scheduled to go on from 9.00am – 5.00pm.

Tickets are: £10 / £5 (conc)
Zen Room, ATRiuM Building, University of Glamorgan

http://livemusicexchange.org/events/live-music-exchange-events/live-music-exchange-cardiff-programme/

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Newsletter 28 May 2012

Many thanks for your continued support as we have made the transition over to Taffs Well Music Studio. Some of you may have noticed a number of changes to our business. Please could you read each section below: –

1. Events and Competitions

 2. Attendance

 3. Music Theory Club

 4. Prices

 5. Important dates for your diary

 6. Social Media

1.Events and Competitions

Please take a look at the link below for some interesting information regarding our very exciting competition and gigs at Acapela Studio. We would be really glad to see our pupils at the events.

http://www.taffswellmusic.co.uk/news

2. Attendance

Please note that we had an unusually high number of cancellations last week. In our terms and conditions it clearly states that we need 24 hours’ notice (or for you to reschedule) and a maximum of two cancellations per term. We also require 4 weeks’ notice for the cessation of services. Please note this for the future as we are unable to bend the rules.

3. Music Theory Club

We are hoping to start two music theory clubs as soon as possible. One will be a dedicated Grade 5 Music Theory Club, the other a beginners club. Please e-mail if you are interested.

4. Prices

On 1st  September 2012 our prices are changing. As many of you are aware we lowered our prices whilst we were in university and during the transition to TWMS but in order to continue offering the best service we have to raise them. We are however offering a 15% discount for lessons booked in blocks of 10.

5. Important dates for your diary

We will be closed: –

Wednesday 25th July and we re-open on Monday 6th August.

6. Social Media

You can now follow us on Twitter @taffswellmusic for the most up to date information the web has to offer on a variety of music subjects. Our twitter feed can be found on our homepage www.taffswellmusic.co.uk

You can now follow us on our new Facebook page which is where we will post tutorials for TWMS students during the lesson.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Taffs-Well-Music-Studio/126812714108781

Our WordPress Blog which will contain music theory articles can be found here: –

https://taffswellmusic.wordpress.com/

Our Youtube Channel is here it’s quite empty so far but please add us to your favourite channels: –

http://www.youtube.com/user/TaffsWellMusicStudio?feature=mhee

Best wishes and we hope you are enjoying the sunshine!!

Fran and Ben

Upcoming Events June 2012

TWMS are proud to announce a series of gigs working with the fantastic Acapela Studios in Pentyrch, Cardiff. Their amazing live music and recording facility boasts a beautiful converted chapel and fully licensed bar. Their world-class recording facilities inspire creative minds globally.

Friday 1st  

Welcome Summer Party – 70′ & 80’s hits 

£4 adv. or £5 on the door

Saturday 2nd  

Houdini Dax

Denuo

Justin Preece

£4 adv or £5 on the door

Sunday 3rd  

The Madassa Soul Band

Osian’s Rare Funk Grooves

£8 adv or £10 on the door

Saturday 23rd

The Spirit of Boogie Funk Band

The Acapela House Band

£8 adv or £10 on the door

www.acapela.co.uk or follow them  on twitter @AcapelaStudio

We would love our students and the wider community to come and support live and local music.

We even provide transportation (at small extra cost) from Taffs Well, Radyr, Morganstown, Creigiau, Gwaelod Y Garth what else can you ask for? Get a train from the City to Taffs Well and we’ll take care of the rest.

To purchase your tickets please go to: –

http://acapelaevents.virb.com/venue

Follow the events on Twitter:

@taffswellmusic @acapelastudio @spiritofboogie @denuomusic @HoudiniDax @FrancesCrack @HeyAdamWhitmore