Test Valley Brass
Conducted by Ken West
The Senior Academy is a beginner band specifically for adults which introduces complete beginners to playing brass and percussion instruments in an ensemble before 'graduating' to the Senior Band. Learning a musical instrument as an adult is a big commitment, but a very rewarding one, and we will give you every encouragement to succeed, in what is a very happy and enthusiastic environment.
We use a graded assessment scheme to allow members to monitor their progress. This is based on the successful Award Scheme used within the TVB Youth Band, which approximately follows the standards of external grades, e.g. Yellow Pin is approximately Grade 1, Green Pin is approximately Grade 2 etc. Progress is assessed during regular "Assessment evenings" which are held approximately every 6 weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the Senior Academy for?
All adults who are keen to learn a brass instrument or percussion, either as a complete beginner or as a returning player.
Beginners - We will teach you all the basics of playing an instrument and reading music.
Returning Players - The Senior Academy is a perfect environment for building your stamina back up and increasing your confidence.
Who are the tutors?
Ken is the musical director of the Senior Academy, but he also does the vast majority of the work behind the scenes, e.g. the administration, week-to-week planning and also writing/re-arranging music for the Academy. Ken is assisted by other members of TVB and local musicians who provide tuition on an individual and small group basis.
How much does it cost?
To be a member of TVB costs just £1 per week. Excellent value, considering this includes the loan of an instrument and your tuition.
Am I too old for to learn an instrument?
This is a very common question, but the answer is most definitely no! We believe no-one is too old to learn a new skill, especially learning to play an instrument.
I don't have my own instrument - can I borrow one?
TVB has a range of band instruments available to loan to players, and this is included within your subscription.
When is Senior Academy?
Senior Academy meets every Monday evening from 6.30pm until 7.45pm.
Where is Senior Academy?
Senior Academy meet in the TVB Band Room within John Hanson School and also utilise the school's music department rooms for individual and small group tuition.