Chadsworth Music School


In January 2015 we opened the Chadsworth Music School with Miss Emma Shaw.  This affiliation offers classes in music, covering piano, violin, saxophone and many more as well as introducing a new choir into the school.  Emma is a highly qualified teacher in all levels of music and is very passionate about performance in music. 




Monday: Small Village Hall, Church Road, Claygate.  KT10 0JP

4.00 - 4.30   Music Class for 4 - 5 year olds

4.30 - 5.00   Music Class for 6 - 8 year olds

5.00 - 5.45   Muscianship/Theory - Grade One and over in any instrument

8.00 - 10.00 Adult Community Choir

Saturday:  Elm Road Youth Club, Elm Road, Claygate

1.00 - 4.00   Strings mixed groups & Choir Sessions

(Further breakdown on these classes including costs as requested)

Saturday: Thames Ditton


9.00 - 12.30 Private Piano Lessons




Emma grew up in Claygate and attended Chadsworth Stage School from the age of

6 – 19, completing her ballet exams and worked as a student ballet teacher. She also studied singing at the school. After Chadsworth Emma completed a BA (Hons) in 20th Century Music (specialising in composition and piano performance) at the University of Sussex, followed by a Masters degree in 20th Century Composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. On completion she was awarded a Composer in Residency prize by the Guildhall and travelled to Northern Ireland teaching and delivering music and movement projects in 5 secondary schools. This sparked her interest in music education and since then Emma has worked in a number of schools and colleges teaching children and adults from ages 3 – 60. Emma is an accomplished pianist and enjoys performing with singers and other musicians, particularly in the genres of classical, jazz and contemporary music.


Chadsworth Music School is all about having fun whilst learning sound musical skills.

The voice is where it all starts Starting at 3-4 children are taught to sing – songs at a pitch suited to their voices at this age – develop a sense of pitch and identify rhythm and pulse through movement.
Gradually their confidence grows, phonic awareness and language improves, coordination and motor skills develop and most importantly a love of music is instilled. They can also begin to use percussion as a
means of showing rhythm and pulse.

At 5 children can sing over a broader pitch range, and again with the skills they have now grasped, they can sing in two parts, change tempo and create dynamic contrasts with the voice. Percussion can be used in harmony and as an accompaniment.

At 6 children can begin instrumental learning, on suitable instruments including string, piano and recorder all of which are offered at the school in groups and on an individual basis.

All music lessons use a Kodaly / SOL-FA based method to establish rhythmic and melodic understanding which can then be applied during playing. Children therefore develop a true understanding of the system of music leading to more accomplished playing and great enjoyment.

Instrumental Tuition

Lessons are available in the following instruments:
• Saxophone (Alto, Tenor) Age 7+
(individual or up to 3 in a group)
• Piano 6+ (individual or in pairs)
• Classical voice 6+ (individual or up
to 3 in a group following the ABRSM syllabus)
• Recorder – Descant 6+ (up to 8 in a group)
• Violin 6+ - (Up to 10 in a group)
• Musicianship – theory, harmony, use of chords, playing by ear – a practical class based on developing
musical knowledge and aural skills for children who learn any instrument at any level.


Children are encouraged to work towards exams with the following boards:

• Associated Board for the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) – classical and contemporary – all instruments.
• ABRSM also offer practical musicianship and written theory exams.
• ABRSM Jazz – piano and saxophone
• Trinity – piano, violin
• Guildhall – Piano




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