The Junior Academy of Music (JAM) at Queen’s provides music activities for aspiring young musicians. There are four programmes within JAM each tailored to a specific age group and suitable activites. JAM is devised and delivered by internationally recognised musicians and specialised teachers.
JAM One programme
JAM One is for children aged 4 to 7, and consists of a Music and Movement class and a Children's Choir. Music and Movement is designed to introduce young children to various ways of performing and listening to music. The sessions involve lots of singing and rhythmic games, playing various tuned and untuned percussion instruments - all of which will, within time, improve a child’s intonation, sense of rhythm and pulse. It is a fun activity during which they learn basic musical elements. The Children's Choir will promote further their musicianship and team-working skills. The JAM One programme is also of benefit for children who wish to start playing an instrument when they are more experienced.
JAM Two programme
JAM Two is for 5 to 8 year olds, and involves a Musicianship class, Children's Choir and optional beginner instrumental tuition. JAM Two is suited to those children who have completed the JAM One programme, or possibly other specialised music activities.
It includes singing and rhythmic games, playing glockenspiel and other tuned/unturned percussion instruments which help prepare children for more advanced studies. The focus of the Musicianship class is to develop music literacy: to learn how to sing, write, create, read and play music. Through fun activities, children extend their musical skills and refine their listening and performing abilities. This equips them for learning how to play an instrument. Children's choir offers more opportunities to develop, improve and enjoy singing. Instrumental tuition is optional and will be introduced through taster sessions in term 1 and developed during the second and third terms of each year.
JAM Three Brass, Guitar, Flute, Piano
JAM brass band provides individual and group tuition on a range of brass instruments including cornet, horn, baritone, euphonium, trombone, and tuba.
JAM FOUR is a weekly programme for secondary school children interested in Creative Music Technology, using industry standard music- making software at the world-leading Sonic Arts Research Centre.
For students new to JAM 4 - a complete introduction to digital music-making with audio experiments, demonstrations and creative projects.
JAM 4 + FRIDAYS 19:30-21:00
For previous JAM 4 students - a comprehensive course in Pro Tools audio software and a chance to work on personal music projects. Complete with Pro Tools 101 qualification.
Running 25 September 2015 - 10 June 2016
Have a listen to some of the JAM4 work produced by our talented students: