How do I know which instrument to sign up for?

There are many different instruments available to pupils to learn. They will have expressed an interest in one, possibly due to a demonstration by the teacher in school. The following list will help you when signing up.

Brass: Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, French Horn, Tuba

Woodwind: Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Oboe, Bassoon

Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass

Percussion: Drum kit, Tuned percussion (Glockenspiel, xylophone)

Guitar: Classical guitar, Electric guitar

How can I support my child when they are learning an instrument?

Some children need to be reminded when it is the day for the their lesson and to bring their instrument and music to school

Regular practice at home is essential for good progress. Your child’s teacher will note down details in a practice diary every week. You are asked to refer to that diary each week to see the teacher’s comments and to add any of your own where appropriate. We have found this to be an effective form of communication between the teacher and home as well as a motivational tool to enhance learning. Once a year you will receive an invitation to attend a parents’ evening but please do feel free to contact us at any time if you have any questions or concerns.

How will I track my child’s progress?

As soon as your child is ready they will be encouraged to work towards their Red and Blue Badges, which are preliminary awards in preparation for more formal graded exams which run from grade 1 to grade 8. Pupils gaining passes at grades 6, 7 or 8 through ABRSM or Trinity examination boards gain UCAS points to count towards university entry requirements. While not being compulsory, we do find that following the requirements for the graded examination system helps to build skills and to structure learning and pupil progress, whether or not they take the exam.

From the start all pupils are encouraged to participate in school assemblies, concerts and other activities to help build up their confidence as performers and to celebrate their success. Please do encourage your child to take part in group music making and do come to their concerts to cheer them on.

Will my child be able to continue learning their instrument when they move to secondary school?

Yes, we plan ahead to make sure we can continue to teach your child at secondary school. We do try to keep the teacher the same but this can’t always be guaranteed.

How does learning a musical instrument contribute at GCSE or A level grades?

Different examination boards have different requirements at Music GCSE and A level but performing is a significant element of all GCSE and A level qualifications, often affecting overall outcomes by 2 or 3 grades. When the time comes to choose subject options we will be on hand to advise and support and ensure the best possible outcome for your child.

Will my child have to stop learning if they don’t choose to take Music at GCSE or A level?

No. We strongly believe that music has a beneficial impact on everyone as a lifelong interest and can support learning in other subject areas in a number of ways.

My child receives free school meals. Does this affect the tuition fees?

Yes. Any pupil that receives free school meals does not have to pay for tuition. To claim this you need to upload valid documentation to your Schooble account (e.g. EPA letter, DLA letter) for verification before the application can be accepted.