Instrumental Music Lessons Draft

One of the best ways of enriching your child’s education is to offer them the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.

At John Lyon we place great emphasis on music-making and our ensembles and choirs provide a wide variety of musical experiences.

Music is a means of expression and a way to develop fine motor skills and better coordination. It will give your son or daughter a deeper appreciation of the arts, a positive outlook on life, and it teaches them the importance of dedication, focus and practice. Many studies show that the abstract reasoning skills needed in Science and Mathematics are enhanced with students involved in musical activity.

Learning an instrument will give your child a sense of self-confidence that they will carry with them through life, but most importantly, they will have fun while participating!

About Instrumental Tuition

We are able to offer tuition for the following instruments (asterikeds instrumentals are also offered at our Prep School): Bass Guitar, Bassoon, Cello*, Clarinet*, Classical Guitar*, Double Bass, Drums and Percussion*, Electric Guitar*, Euphonium, Flute*, French Horn, Oboe, Organ, Piano*, Saxophone*, Singing, Trombone*, Trumpet*, Tuba*, Viola, Violin*.

Organisation of Music Lessons

Lessons of 40 minutes’ (mainly 30 at our Prep) duration are given weekly on a cycle of 30 throughout the academic year, charged at ten lessons per term. Occasionally, it may not be possible to fit in the full allocation of lessons in each individual term but the full 30 will be given during the course of the academic year or an appropriate refund given.

Owing to the Year 11 and Sixth Form pupils undergoing public examinations and study leave in the Summer Term the overall number of lessons given during the Autumn and Spring Terms may be more than the Summer Term. Extra lessons beyond the standard number will be billed separately.

Each pupil is issued with a Practice Book which also forms a way to communicate with parents. Daily practice is to be encouraged at home.

Termly Fees

At the start of each term you will receive an invoice direct from the visiting music tutor; which is payable before the lessons commence. The termly fee is £285 (£225 at our Prep) which covers ten lessons, for each instrument your child is learning.

Practical and Theory Examinations

Our teachers offer to prepare and enter pupils for Prep Tests through to Grade 8.  The exam boards are: The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and Rockschool (RSL).

Aural and Theory of Music

Teachers cover aural tests in instrumental lessons. At our Senior School a class is held for the theory of music, currently on Mondays between 4.05 – 4.45pm in the Music School and also an advanced theory and aural class on Thursdays between 8.00 – 8.30am.

Instrument Hire

The School has a small selection of instruments which it rents to parents, but in most cases it will be necessary for parents to make their own hire/purchase arrangements prior to their child’s first lesson. We can supply details of competitive rental companies who also operate ‘buy as you hire’ schemes.

Need Instrument Advice?

If your child would like to play an instrument but is just not sure which one, Mrs Scarlett is available during morning break to discuss options direct with your child.

Discontinuation of Lessons

If at any point you wish tuition to cease, parents must give written notice of discontinuation to the Director of Music and to the instrumental teacher no later than the half term break for lessons to cease at the end of a term. Lessons can only be discontinued at the end of any given term and without due notice parents are liable for the fees for the forthcoming term.

Guidelines for Instrumental Students and Parents
  • Check emails or noticeboard (if applicable) frequently for your lesson times. If there is any doubt ask the Music Administrator Mrs Scarlett for help.
  • If your teacher is not in the studio at the suggested time i) practice there for 10 minutes ii) if your teacher has not arrived, report to the Director of Music. Your teacher will also wait for up to 10 minutes for you, after which your lesson is liable to be forfeit. At our Prep, please report either to the Head of Music or Reception/School Office.
  • Under no circumstances alter your lesson time or change a notice yourself.
  • Changes can seldom be made to timetables. If something vital crops up, see your teacher or Head of Music at once. In such circumstances unless you give several days’ notice no change at all can be made.
  • A rota system operates, which means that you should not have a lesson at the same time more than two or three times in a term, unless there are exceptional circumstances.
  • Lessons at a fixed time are not normally possible except in the Sixth Form.
  • Pupils should record the date and time of their next instrumental lesson in their Instrument Practice Book. You must give your subject tutor AT LEAST 24 HOURS’ NOTICE of a music lesson.
  • Every pupil must have an Instrument Practice Book, which is intended as a record of your year’s work and progress. Remember to take it to every lesson and you should also record in it the time of the next week’s lesson.
  • All instruments brought to school must be clearly marked on the outside of the case with your name, form, school and home address. Keep the case locked and leave it in the store cupboard in the Music School. Make sure you know what serial number your instrument has, for identification if necessary. Only bring them to school for lessons or rehearsals and remember to take them home at the end of the day for practice.
  • Hired instruments are your responsibility. They must be insured by your parents and kept in good order otherwise you will be liable for repairs or replacement.
  • Insurance: It is important that all instruments brought to school should be insured by your parents, including all instruments on hire from school. This can usually be done under the ‘all-risks’ section of a general household insurance policy.
  • Unsupervised use of rooms and pianos is not allowed at break or lunch times unless you have specific permission from the Director/Head of Music or a full-time member of the Music staff each time you wish to practise.
  • Payment: Instrumental teachers must receive full payment before the first timetabled lesson of each term.
  • Discontinuation of lessons: Parents must give written notice of discontinuation to the Director of Music and to the instrumental teacher no later than the Half Term break for lessons to cease at the end of a term. Lessons can only be discontinued at the end of any given term and without due notice parents are liable for the fees for the forthcoming term.

Visiting Music Tutors

Miss Stephanie Bloor (Cello, Double Bass & Piano)

Mr Rhys Bowden (Singing)

Mr Steve Davies (Drums & Percussion)

Mr Vivian Davies (Brass)

Mr Gary Eacope (Electric & Classical Guitar)

Mrs Sue Evans (Flute)

Mr Tiernan Godel (Bass Guitar)

Mr Tom Hooper (Drums)

Mr Peter Huntington (Drums)

Mr Wyn Hyland (Piano)

Miss Holly Isherwood (Clarinet, Saxophone & Oboe)

Mr Martin Jarvis (Trumpet)

Mrs Victoria MacLachlan (Piano)

Miss Sydney Mariano (Violin)

Mrs Ruth Molins (Lower Brass)

Miss Anna Morrison (Cello)

Mr Harry Nowakowski-Fox (Piano)

Mr Stuart Poole (Acoustic, Classical & Electric Guitar)

Mr Luke Rao (OL) (Acoustic, Classical & Electric Guitar)

Miss Henrietta Ridgeon (Viola & Violin)

Mr Tim Turner (Trumpet & Piano)