This page is for new pupils and their parents/guardians, to explain a little more about the lessons they have chosen, and to let them know how our system works. If you have come here by accident and would like to apply for lessons for your child, please click here.
About your tuition
Congratulations! You've made the tricky choice of which type of lesson to go for, and now you're embarking on a journey that can last a lifetime and bring joy to you and those around you. Our welcome pack will be winging its way to you via email, explaining the logistics and answering some frequently asked questions. This page is an introduction to what will happen in your lessons: a general overview of how we structure our tuition and ensure it is exciting, tailored to our pupils' needs and of the highest possible quality.
All of our teaching is built around our Scheme of Work, called play. We teach whole classes, after-school clubs, large and small ensembles, group lessons and individuals; these are not treated as separate tasks but are parts of a complete whole. Everything links together in one master plan to create the next generation of musicians.
How does this affect you? It makes our pupils more rounded musicians, and means they don't repeat things unnecessarily, so progress is rapid and built on firm foundations. Schools understand more about what children are learning in our sessions. In addition, we hope it makes it easier for you to track your progress and understand not just what we're studying but also why we're doing it.
Play - A Modular System for Instruments and Voice
Learning an instrument can be a daunting task. We have broken the process down into bitesize chunks, with key learning objectives mapped out on your road to mastery. Your tutor will let you know each time you complete a module, taking another big step forward. Each module completion is a success that should be celebrated!
Every lesson we teach is focussed on building real knowledge and practical skills, using the modular system as a framework. It outlines the really important things to learn, but does not dictate how these are to be studied - in other words, we can adapt the pieces we choose to the passions and interests of the pupil. Tutors are free to deliver lessons in the best way for each individual - this is not a stuffy formula, working only for a few, but a way to generate real excitement and give breadth of experience. Tutors use pieces from our course books, adapt well-known tunes, or create new compositions: whatever is necessary to achieve our learning goals for that particular child.
Our Scheme of Work also links with nationally recognised graded exams. As a rough guide, Modules 1 - 13 take pupils to about Grade One standard. There is a wide range of exam boards, in a plethora of different musical styles. Our tutors will guide you through this when the time is right.
Our coursebooks will soon be available to pre-order for the new academic year - we'll let you know by email when the print run and our quality control processes are complete
Short-term Goals and Progress Notebooks
Your tutor will use your Progress Notebook to keep you informed of your progress, and to set tasks to work on between lessons. If you joined us after September 2014, and chose individual lessons, a Progress Notebook was automatically added to your booking and should be given to your during your first lesson. If this does not apply to you, Progress Notebooks are available on our online shop.
The books last for one academic year. If you chose ensemble lessons, we recommend one of our specially designed workbooks rather than a Progress Notebook. These explain a little more about your study topics, provide vital information for your work between lessons, and are a handy way to keep your lyrics and sheet music in one place.
Ensemble workbooks will soon be available to pre-order for the new academic year - we'll let you know by email when the print run and our quality control processes are complete
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