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Church of England Junior School

Learning a Musical Instrument

Signing up for lessons 2021-2022

A letter has been sent home regarding this - please return forms by 30th April 2021 at the latest. 

You can also complete the form attached below and return this to Mrs Malone via email. 

 

Instrumental Lessons at St Mary’s

The current charge for instrumental teaching is £75 per term payable at the beginning of each term. Charges will not increase in September 2020.  Parents are required to commit to pay for the entire year even if their child decides to give up mid-year. We also have two private teachers who visit school to give lessons in piano and keyboard. They run slightly different but expect a similar commitment. 

Children are required to provide their own instruments. Hampshire Music Service hire out many instruments for £22-£32 a term if needed. To enjoy the full musical activities at St Mary’s, it is advisable to learn to play an orchestral instrument. These instrumental players will move into school groups such as the orchestra and get the opportunities to play in concerts in and out of school, including the Anvil. Click here for instrument hire. 

Please contact Mrs Malone our music teacher for further details – r.malone@st-marys-jun.hants.sch.uk

We offer: flute, oboe. clarinet, sax (from year 5), bassoon (from year 5), violin, viola (well worth choosing this rather than violin), cello, double bass, trumpet, cornet, horn, euphonium, tuba, drum kit, guitar and xylophone.

Private teachers offer keyboard and piano (but there is a waiting list already for September).

Why not watch these videos to learn more about the instruments we teach:

Woodwind: https://youtu.be/LPeVid5GCn0

Brass:  https://youtu.be/xBFhalUXenk

Strings:  https://youtu.be/w0euXFcNp3A

Percussion:  https://youtu.be/FdFe8jp6aHo

Guitar:  https://youtu.be/-xLa3dutztk

Piano/keyboard: https://youtu.be/Oe4nLEYJwjQ

INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS Terms and Conditions (HMS)

In signing their child up for musical instruments with HMS at St Mary’s parents must agree to these terms and conditions.

Fees

  • Fees are payable termly in advance (within the first two weeks of each term) and cost £225 per year (£75 per term) for each instrument.
  • Fees cover 30 lessons a year and NOT a lesson every week.
  • Parents are liable to pay for the whole academic year whether or not their child gives up playing their instrument.
  • Parents who book lessons in the Summer Term prior to starting in September are still liable for full fees should they decide not to take up the place in September.
  • The School subsidises these lessons as well as parents paying fees.

Teaching

  • Children are taught in groups of a maximum of 4 pupils.
  • Group lessons are between 20 and 30 minutes depending on the size of the group.
  • A minimum of 30 lessons are taught during the year, usually more (this may also include small ensembles to gain wider musical opportunities and one session may include the music teacher supporting at BPSM an annual event at the Anvil in lieu of a lesson).
  • Lessons cannot always be rescheduled due to school trips, snow days and pupil illness.
  • An annual report will be issued by the instrumental teacher.
  • A Practice book will be issued to communicate with the instrumental teacher.
  • Parents need to provide a suitable instrument for their child to practice at home.
  • Children should be encouraged to practice regularly and be provided with music as required by the teacher.

Other Responsibilities

  • Children need to join a school instrumental music ensemble after learning for one year, possibly earlier if invited (either school band or orchestra).

 

Payment Options for 2021-2022

Option 1: Termly

You are welcome to continue to pay termly in 3 instalments and the payment of £75.00 per instrument is due on or before the following dates:

9th September

9th January

9th April

 

Option 2: Initial Payment followed by monthly payments

Initial payment of £100.00 per instrument due by 9th September followed by 5 payments of £25.00 as follows:

9th October - £25.00

9th November - £25.00

December - no payment

January - no payment

9th February - £25.00

9th March - £25.00

9th April - £25.00

 

Option 3: Payment in full

If you would like to make one payment for the full year (£225 per instrument) then please arrange for this payment to be made by 9th September. 

The final payment date for Music fees to be paid in full for both payment options is 9th April. 

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.