All musical instrument lessons take place during the school day. The children come out of class for their lessons although we ensure that they do not miss important learning points in the classroom. Individual musicians progress on to the Associated Board of Music examinations and have opportunities to perform in informal concerts to parents.
All Year 1 children are given half a term of free recorder lessons. Following this, the children can continue with their lessons (30 minutes) either as individuals or in shared classes.
We suggest that individual lessons begin from Year 2 by which time children have developed the fine motor skills required and a large enough hand span! Generally piano lessons are suitable for children who have made a good start with reading and having a piano at home for practice is, of course, a necessity.
Three free trial lessons (20 minutes) are offered on each of the violin and cello and then the child may continue to choose and specialise.
Parents are encouraged where possible to accompany their children to lessons for the first term as both the violin and cello are very technical instruments and the early stages can be challenging.
Parents are an enormous source of encouragement and support, helping to establish a good practice technique with posture and bowing.