We offer lessons for children of all ages - from Reception/Foundation age (certain instruments only) to Sixth Formers. Lessons are taken during the school day in the schools themselves. Lessons may also be taken during lunchtimes and breaks and even after school sometimes, as long as pre-arranged with the tutors. Where possible instruments should be available for home practice and tutors may be able to help you with finding these instruments or lending them to you.
Tutors liaise with parents/carers to organise days and times of lessons and payment is made based on a 10 week term, with 3 terms per school year. Lesson times vary from 15 minutes (key stage 1 or beginner primary only), 20 minutes and 30 minutes. For higher level students at the Abbey College it is sometimes possible to book 60 minutes every other week after school.
A communication book is given to students in which a written record of each lesson is given and instructions. This is an opportunity for pupils to revise what they did in lesson in order to practise efficiently at home. Parents should also complete a weekly practise chart so that tutors can see how much practise is being done. This is an essential part of learning an instrument and should be encouraged.
Some of our students choose to take music exams. We use ABRSM, Trinity and Rock School. Ask you tutor if you wish to work towards an exam. Please remember different instruments take varying amounts of times to reach Grade standard. It is also very much dependant on age and practise routine