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Severn Vale School

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Music Tuition

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The Music and Performing Arts department at Severn Vale School is pleased to be able to offer your child the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument for our 2018-2019 academic year. The information below outlines the provision from our peripatetic teachers and the options you can choose for your child.

Instrumental tuition available (Individual lessons):

  • Singing  
  • Woodwind (Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone)
  • Brass (Trumpet, Cornet, Trombone, Baritone)
  • Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass
  • Piano (traditional and popular music) or Keyboard
  • Guitar (electric, acoustic and classical)
  • Electric Bass
  • Ukulele
  • Drum Kit

 

Number of lessons per term:

Each term has 5 instrumental lessons. The maximum number of lessons you can sign up for are indicated in the table below as well as the deadlines for submitting the required online form:

 

Term 1 lessons

(Sep.-Oct.)

Term 2 lessons

(Nov.–Dec.)

Term 3 lessons

(Jan.–Feb.)

Term 4 lessons

(Feb.–Mar.)

Term 5 lessons

(Apr.–May)

Term 6 lessons

(June – July)

Ideal deadline for registering interest 

Term 6:  24 July 2018 for current students
 

Term 1: Monday 25 September 2018

 

Term 2: Monday  26 November 2018

 

Term 3: Monday 14 January 2019

 

Term 4: Monday  4 March 2019

 

Term 5: Thursday   25 April 2019

 

Term 6: 24 July 2018 for new Y7 students

How many lessons you can receive if continued until July 2019

30

25

20

15

10

5

Please note once you have registered your interest in instrumental lessons, these lessons are only timetabled if the required payment is received. Please read the terms and conditions our instrumental staff provide you for further information about cancelling lessons.

 

Individual, group, length and time of lessons:

Each lesson will last 30 minutes totalling 2 hours 30 minutes each term. Lessons occur during the school day on a rotation basis so that curriculum lessons are affected as little as possible. If you wish to have lessons scheduled before or after school our peripatetic staff require notice that you wish this to happen.

 

Communication

All communication to our peripatetic staff is direct (via email primarily). We have setup a template email for you that provides our peripatetic staff with all information they need to provide an invoice and form their forthcoming timetable. Peripatetic staff will also inform you of their own terms and conditions. Please make sure you provide them with your most frequently checked email address and accurate contact details.

 

Student organisation

On viewing / saving / printing the instrumental timetable students must:

  1. Write their lesson times into their planners.
  2. Pack any resources (instruments, sheet music, worksheets, instrument specific resources) the night before
  3. Arrive 5 minutes before their lesson.

Any students who struggle with organisation we encourage to follow these 3 suggestions with parent's / guardian's additional support. If you feel further support is necessary within school, please contact our music subject staff (please also see our FAQ page, question 2).

 

Instruments – How to hire / buy an instrument

An instrument hire service is available through Gloucestershire Music (full details on the prices and service are available on their website). For local shops Gloucester has Soundhouse and A Remus Sound. Cheltenham has Aroundabout Sound, Secondwind and Cheltenham Violins. Dursley has Intersound for guitar. Bristol, Birmingham and Cardiff also have various shops you can find online. We do advise that you check out their websites and contact shops before you visit.

 

Cost of lessons and FSM / Pupil Premium Status

If your child will be in receipt of pupil premium or have “free school meals” status in the term you wish to have instrumental lessons, our peripatetic staff will need to know about this when you register for lessons please. Please contact our music teachers if you have any further questions.

The cost for five lessons each term is outlined below. NB - If there are any changes to the cost of lessons you will be given 30 days notice prior to the invoices being issued.

  • 5x Individual lessons (30 minute) at a total £80 [full cost]
    or £40 [FSM / Pupil Premium]

 

Communication about lesson progress:

Our instrumental staff primarily inform you about your child’s progress via a practice log. This will be received in their very first lesson and it is your child’s responsibility to make sure this is taken to every single lesson.

The practice log will inform you about the practice targets from each lesson. At the end of each term the instrumental teacher will issue a summary of the progress made, which will happen every term your child has lessons:

+ (above progress)

= (at expected progress)

-  (working towards expected progress)

At the end of every academic year we will have a parents' evening for all instrumental students and every student will receive an annual report. This report details a summary of attendance, punctuality, attitude, individual practice, effort and progress as well as explaining strengths and improvements for any continued instrumental learning.

Expected progress - If all targets are met each week then the expected progress is being met and your child will obviously be gaining the value you are paying for the lessons. Students are also rewarded by means of our praise coding – either praise stamps each week (in a student’s planner) or by adding up praise issued over a term (recorded in practice logs). 

Issues with progress - If not all practice targets are met then this will be addressed in the following lesson (discussing why and how students can ensure targets are met). If there are several lessons where targets are not met then this is a clear indication that there is an issue with the progress your child is making. Although our instrumental coordinator will be informed of any student consistently not making enough progress we consider this of equal responsibility at home and our peripatetic teachers will most likely discuss this matter with you about how we can collectively promote increased commitment and improved progress.

 

Quality Assurance

Any issues that we encounter will be addressed by our instrumental staff directly with parents / guardians, which is overseen by our Head of Music and Performing Arts. If you have any queries regarding our quality assurance, please contact Mr. Khokher.

 

Contact details:

For any finance enquiries please contact the instrumental teacher who has contacted you about the invoice and payment details.

For any other enquiries not answered on our FAQs page, please contact our music teachers.