Music Lessons 2021-22
Deadline - Thursday 27th May
We are now organising instrument tuition for the next academic year. If your child currently has music lessons, or if they would like to start music lessons in September, please complete the below google form by Thursday 27th May.
If your child has decided to stop having music lessons, please still complete this form, as it is essential that we have all of the correct numbers in order to organise next year’s tuition.
In addition to Recorder lessons, for pupils in Years 4 to 6 we also offer Woodwind, Guitar, Bowed Strings, Keyboard and Piano lessons. Lessons take place during school time so your child would be withdrawn from the classroom to have their tuition.
If your child wishes to take up lessons, you will need to provide an instrument. These can be rented or purchased from music shops who can give details on cost. We continue to participate in the Assisted Purchase Scheme which means that selected instruments can be purchased through the school VAT free. This makes these items cheaper. Once your child has a confirmed place, if you are interested in the scheme details will be available on the school website. For piano/keyboard lessons please note you would need to have your own piano/keyboard at home for practice between lessons; the Assisted Purchase Scheme does not apply as the instrument is not being carried to and used in school.*
A firm commitment is needed for the lessons as you undertake to have tuition for the whole academic year. Payment is required in advance as we need to set up a contract for the relevant teaching staff and unfortunately refunds cannot be given if your child misses a lesson due to absence. You will be asked to sign a Tuition Agreement form which sets out the terms and conditions of the lessons. The cost for the year will be approximately £92 for recorders and £242 for all other instruments, which will cover a minimum of 30 lessons. This price also covers a practice diary in which your child can record the pieces/skills they are working on and their number of practice sessions each week. It is the Governors’ policy to remit part of the cost for children whose parents are in receipt of certain Government Employment Benefits. Parents should either write or call at the school office to arrange to discuss in confidence with Miss Loosemore. Any pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium can utilise this funding for music lessons.
Please note that the school does subsidise the scheme as we feel it is very beneficial for children to have the opportunity to learn to play and the school does not profit financially from this tuition.
We endeavour to ensure all children are able to take up the instrument of their choice but where we are over-subscribed we will pick children at random and then allocate second choice instrument.
With the exception of recorder tuition, if you accept an offer to learn an instrument it is extremely unlikely that your child will be able to learn to play an additional/alternative instrument during their time at Hiltingbury Junior School.
Would you kindly complete the google form with your preferences and submit by Thursday 27th May. If your child is successful you will receive a Tuition Agreement Form and full details of payment.
We appreciate your understanding that amendments to lessons may need to be made in order that we can operate within Government guidelines.
Music Subject Leader
* Children learning the piano or keyboard use a school instrument
** Please note that a firm commitment for instrument tuition needs to be made to enable us to book the Music Teachers’ time. We regret that a late application will result in not being considered for music lessons. A reserve list will be set up for all late applications.**