Along with learning to play a musical instrument in school, and in addition to taking exams and playing in school bands, we like to be able to offer even more opportunities to play music and have fun at the same time!
We run a variety of fundays each term across the country. Usually one of our schools will be the venue, or a local village hall. Invitations are sent out via Music for Schools tutors to pupils. Anyone can come along, even if they have only been learning for a week and you don't even have to be a MfSF pupil! So brothers, sisters, cousins and friends are all welcome! We always welcome parent volunteers as well, particularly if you can play an instrument. Give us a call if you would like to get involved.
HOW DO I KNOW IF THERE IS A FUNDAY IN MY AREA?
Your tutor will send home an invitation when there is a planned Funday in your area.
Upcoming Fundays are also advertised on our website and social media feeds. If there is not one running in your area, ask your tutor when the next one is planned.
How do we register for the Funday?
In order to secure your child's place please click on the location nearest to you and complete the registration form.
All entries must be completed online, and once all the places have been allocated the form will close. Places are limited, so make sure you register as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment!!
What Does My Child Need To Take With Them?
Please ensure that your child takes their instrument, a music stand and a packed lunch. It can be hard work producing such amazing sounds all day! We also recommend taking spare reeds if your child's instrument needs them, and plenty of water as playing all day is thirsty work!
Sometimes to make things even more fun there may be an element of fancy dress or stand decoration on the day, details of which will be included in your confirmation. This is of course optional but does help everyone get into the spirit!
We like to take pictures to show everyone else how much fun making music can be. However if you would prefer your child NOT to be photographed then that’s no problem. Please ensure that you notify us in plenty of time so as we can let the funday organiser know.
The final thing that we ask is that the children bring heaps of enthusiasm and some creative ideas…who knows what may happen with all that musical excitement in one place‽
How Much Does It Cost To Take Part?
Our Funday's currently cost £25 per pupil. We are able to offer a sibling discount in some cases, please contact us for further information.
What Happens at a Music Funday?
Pupils usually arrive for a 9.30am start. After checking in with one of our tutors or a member of our Head Office team, it's time to get started. There is no time to waste and the fun starts straight away, with games, activities and usually a first attempt at a big group practice! The music played is usually appropriate to the time of year or theme of the Funday. For example at a Halloween Funday, there maybe some spooky sounds kicking around.
Our talented tutors and Head Office team work hard to ensure that the music is accessible to all our pupils, regardless of ability or instrument. You may find they bring home some pieces to practice before the day, so they are more familiar with the notes.
After lunch, the children are usually separated into instrument sections, so that band parts can be practiced more thoroughly. And of course more games and activities to keep everyone moving. There will be one more group practice later in the afternoon by which time things are usually sounding much better!
Parents need to be back at the venue by 3pm as there will be an end of day concert, which is always entertaining!
Please be aware that we may take photos or recordings on the day which may be published online (for safety reasons we never include the children's names). If you would prefer your child not to be featured, please just indicate this when you register or notify one of our tutors on the day.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A FUNDAY?
As mentioned, we love to take photo's and share them with our other MfSF pupils on our website and social media. We also love to hear from our pupils, so feel free to drop us a line, send us a picture and a story telling how much fun was had and noise was made! And don't forget to look out for the next date in your area.