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Are you ready for the ultimate language summer camp for the young musician and singer? Ready to be inspired? Great!
Improve your English (you don't actually have to take English courses) and get some serious musical tuition with other students from all over the world at the same time.
Held on the same campus as the English and Sport programme at Seaford you'll not only be surrounded by other musicians and singers of different abilities for a minimum of 15 hours of musical instruction per week in group sessions but you'll also be mixing in the evenings (and in English class) with teenagers from all over Europe who are doing the sports option. You might even be sharing a room with one!
Tuition for a wide range of musical instruments is available - as is a specific, separate programme for singing. In both options, instrument or vocal, you'll focus on learning by doing, listening to others play, learning to play with others and improvisation. Apart from making better musicians, the programme also concentrates on improving the participants self-confidence and creativity, giving them the courage to express themselves, helping their self-assurance not just musically but also linguistically - so it's also an awesome way to improve your English skills.
Two musical options are available; instrument or vocal - and you can in fact mix and match if you'd like to work on both.
If you're a vocalist the singing option will give you the chance to explore your range, tonality, singing style and of course, teach you to sing in English - an amazing way to do two things at once!
The staff are full-time music teachers and professionals whose job is to pass on their knowledge and their passion to students, making for a fun and electric learning environment.
The programme includes rehearsals and performances throughout the week, with a final performance in front of the other students at school at the end of the week. (It's a big Friday night thing with the dancers etc., doing their performances also!)
- Average teacher-student ratio 1:8
- Dedicated music room and theatre
- Monday test
- Friday performances
Stuff to know
- You need to have minimum one year's experience with your instrument
- You can take music all day long (in any combination: instrument all day, vocal all day, vocal + instrument or 2 different instruments).
- Most instruments welcome (but ask for anything unusual)
- Instruments: Bring your own (except perhaps pianos and drum kits...). *NB, insurance is NOT included so if you're bringing your Stradivarius, rare white Fender Stratocaster or Rickenbacker bass...buy suitable insurance!!
- You can also hire instruments if you'd like to.
This music programme is also available at the Worth centre with this centre (Seaford) centre being open a bit longer in summer. The choice between the two is usually made on availability and whether one centre speaks to you more than another.
One of our most popular language summer camps, the programme takes place on this stunning campus in the English countryside between London and Brighton. The focus is on quality instruction whether it's musical or language. Whatever your level in English, there'll be a level for you.
For parents, the supervision is 24/4. There's a nurse on site and the kids are very well looked after. Three square meals day - of better than expected quality (though never as good as mum's cooking). See "accommodation".
Just a word of caution: the days are packed! (In a good way, parents!) After a day of English and music, the evenings are full of activities from karaoke to films, discos, quizzes, parties and all sorts of themed-evenings! Be prepared to finish your day happily tired!
Like all our camps, there's a strict limit on the percentage of nationalities/languages at the camp (20% / week) - so it won't be filled with only French-speakers or only Spanish-speakers etc etc etc.
NB: This camp fills up very quickly especially for the weeks in July, so please try to book early i.e. before Easter!
English language lessons
All English language teachers are fully qualified and experienced: - not just at teaching English, but at teaching kids and adolescents in an engaging and educational manner. You'll cover grammar, reading, writing, listening and speaking. Of course, outside the classroom you'll get even more speaking and listening practice with the sports instruction! Click on the tab "Courses" to see what's available. Arrival day is Sunday, and on your first Monday you do an English test to find the right level class for you. Depending on your level and the organisation on site, you'll do either music or English in the morning. It can change...
The camp tries to make all English lessons as useful and as practical as possible. The aim is to develop the students' communicative ability and their vocabulary, not only for them for them to make a lasting change to their English, but also so they can make the most of their stay, make new friends.
15 hours of English per week are scheduled:
- Testing and marks Mondays
- 5 different levels (beginner to advanced)
- 14 students / class maximum
- Modern course materials (revised each year!)
- Friendly, experienced, engaging teachers
- Graduating certificate on successful completion of the programme
Everyone at the campus, whether doing sports or music does the excursions together. Being close to both London and Brighton, Seaford campus is close to cool places to visit. If you’re staying for more than a week, weekend excursions are included in the price of your stay. And it's not just about fun. Prior to each excursion, you’ll be taught the necessary English vocabulary and provided with all the information needed to ensure you have a great time (and improve your English a bit more...)!
Trips to a theme or water park take place on Saturdays and cultural visits to touristic destinations take place on Sundays. You’ll travel to and from different places by bus, supervised by one staff member for every 6 – 10 students, depending on the age of the group.
After a day of music, you’ll join in with evening activities including karaoke, quizzes and a Friday night disco. Games are also organised outdoors so you can play with your coach – or against them! Younger students stay on campus throughout their stay, while older students (15 – 16 years old) have a bit more freedom and can go on supervised excursions, such as to the cinema or bowling mid-week.
Home to this camp for more than 15 years, Seaford College is during the year, an elite British boarding school. It's more or less halfway between Brighton and London, near the little village of Petworth and only half an hour from Gatwick airport. It's easy to get to and close to everything so the students can practice English on meaningful excursions. The college has more the 600 hectares of land, leaving plenty of room for football fields and lessons to be held in very different places!! We've eaten in the cafeteria and it was very good! (Well, we're still here!). Seaford also has the advantage of having an outside swimming pool...!
Arrivals and Departures
Students are welcomed and transferred in groups to and from airports and train stations. If you arrive outside of a pre-arranged arrival time, an additional cost will be incurred as a private taxi must be organised. There are several transfers during day, but delays do occur occasionally. If you really don't want your child to wait at all, pay for a private transfer, but it's a very expensive option for not much gain.
Transfers from and to:
- Airports: Heathrow (LHR) ou Gatwick (LGW)
- Train station: St Pancras
£80 one-way : £160 return
Out of hours private transfers:
*Please stay within the specified arrival times.
Please note that, in accordance with UK Border Control rules and regulations, children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times whilst in the airport/international station. Therefore, if your child’s flight/train departure time is booked outside of standard transfer times, Out Of Hours Transfer fees will apply. Students cannot wait by themselves.
- Arrivals Sundays 1000 to 1500
- Departures Saturdays 1200 to 1700
*NB - These are take-off and landing times of the aircraft (train arrival/departure)!
Outside these times you're billed for a private transfer.
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