Surrey Arts workshops

Surrey Arts offer many opportunities for children to extend their learning with a variety of music and arts workshops. These take place throughout the year and include orchestral courses, singing workshops, piano master classes, guitar skills workshops and many more. For further information email: surreyarts@surreycc.gov.uk or see our online music workshops.


SMASH

The Surrey Music and Arts in the Summer Holidays (SMASH) activities programme is now available for registration. The activities are taking place in four locations across the county so there are more opportunities to experience DJing, brass and wind instruments, singing, ukulele and being part of a band.

Dates and locations

  • 26 July at Westfield School in Woking
  • 27 July at Three Rivers School in Hersham, Walton-on-Thames
  • 28 July at Hazelwood School in Oxted
  • 29 July at Glebelands School in Cranleigh

List of activities, times and cost

Please note: The programme of activities all take place at the locations and dates above, with the exception of Discover Wind and Discover Brass.

  • The DJ Experience for 8 to 11 year olds. 9.30am until 12.30pm. Cost £30
  • The DJ Experience for 11 to 16 year olds. 1pm until 4pm. Cost £30
  • The Band Experience for 8 to 11 year olds. 1pm until 4pm. Cost £30
  • The Band Experience for 11 to 16 year olds. 9.30am until 12.30pm. Cost £30
  • Discover Wind (Woking and Walton-on-Thames only) for 8 to 11 year olds. 9.30am until 12.30pm. Cost £20
  • Discover Brass (Oxted and Cranleigh only) for 8 to 11 years old. 9.30am until 12.30pm. Cost £20
  • Ukulele Jam for 8 to 11 year olds. 1pm until 4pm. Cost £20
  • Singing the Musicals for 8 to 14 year olds. 1pm until 4pm. Cost £20

DJ Experience

You can gain DJ experience with a Surrey Arts course on the 'Wheels of Steel'. Learn how to DJ on top of the range Roland 808 DJ Consoles and learn Serato DJ Pro mixing software. Learn on a digital and portable DJ set-up, built to play the biggest DJ sets at any event. Beat Matching, Scratching, Sound Manipulation, cutting and blending music is all demonstrated and can be attempted and achieved; only a love of music is required, no previous knowledge, experience, or training. Real explorers can record their own DJ Sets and can DJ live and back to back with other students.

Discovery Ukulele

Ukulele is a great first instrument to start your musical journey. Learn how to play from scratch with other beginners in a fun and relaxed setting! The classes will start with open strings and move to easy chords with fun songs, backing tracks and a little bit of singing if the music takes you! We will also have time for fun musical games and activities in between. No prior music experience required and instruments will be provided.

Discover Wind

A great opportunity to learn how to play a woodwind instrument with other beginners in a fun and relaxed setting! Learn first how to make a sound, then read basic notation and play pieces together, all in one session. There will also be fun musical games and activities in between. No prior music experience required, and instruments will be provided.
This activity is only taking place in Woking and Walton-on-Thames.

Discover Brass

Come and try some instruments from the brass family. Learn how to play with other beginners in a fun and relaxed setting! Learn first how to make a sound, then read basic notation and play pieces together, all in one session. There will also be fun musical games and activities in between. No prior music experience required and instruments will be provided.
This activity is only taking place in Oxted and Cranleigh.

The Band Experience

If you've ever wanted to rock out with a band or see how it feels to perform as a pop star, this is your chance to see how it all starts. You'll get to try out Electric Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboards and Vocals, and you'll even get to perform a song at the end. You'll learn how to start a band, and how to play with others to create an awesome sound. You don't need any experience at all, just your love of music. Instruments will be provided.

Sing the Musicals

Join us to learn and perform songs from musical theatre shows, as well as taking part in other fun musical games and activities in between! Experience the joy and pleasure of singing together. You don't need to bring an instrument or any equipment, just your voice and your enthusiasm!

Registration

Concessions are available for families on low income support including free school meals, Looked after Children and Surrey Young Carers. Find out about the eligibility criteria for low income support.

For further information about the programme and to apply for concessions please email surreyarts@surreycc.gov.uk

Register for SMASH activities


Easter activities programme

The Easter music programme in 2022 was a different format to previous years with activities taking place in the east and west of the county.

The programme offered the chance to develop, play and perform with other musicians while making friends and having fun. The course included orchestra days, DJ and music production workshops, the band experience, dance and arts workshops.


DJ and Music Production Workshops

A unique 3 hour workshop for young people aged 8 to 16 years old to learn the art of DJing and an introduction to music technology in a fun and educational way. Use mixing consoles to beat match, blend, cut, paste and scratch music to create a DJ mix. No previous musical experience necessary. These workshops take place during the school holidays. Please contact Surrey Arts for further information, such how to book a place and the cost.

There are currently no upcoming dates planned. Lessons are available with us in DJ and music production.


I Speak Music Community Orchestra

The 'I Speak Music Community Orchestra' is designed to celebrate the diversity of Surrey's communities and is led by some of the UKs most experienced music facilitators. Through a series of fun and creative music workshops participants will be able to make new music, try instruments from around the world, perform and make new friendships.

The project welcomes people of any age (over 15 years) and background, but is particularly interested in hearing from refugees, unaccompanied minors, BAME communities and those who sing or play non-western musical instruments. Professional musicians are welcome to join the group as are those with no previous musical experience.

Please contact Surrey Arts for further information, such as how book a place and the cost.


Online music workshops

Online music workshops such as piano master classes, singing workshops and drum line become available throughout the year.


Visual art workshops

We hold an extensive database of local visual artists experienced in running workshops in a variety of settings. Artists range from feltmakers, sculptors, glass artists and printmakers. Whether we manage the workshops ourselves or source the artists on behalf of other organisations, the emphasis is on creativity, inclusion and learning new skills.

Visit the Surrey Hills website for further details.