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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 2017-2018 academic year. The information below outlines our provision and the options you can choose for your child.

Instrumental tuition available (Individual or small group):

  • Singing  
  • Woodwind (flute, clarinet and saxophone)
  • Brass (trumpet, 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)

Final deadline for registering interest using online form

Term 610 July 2017 for current students
 

Term 1: Monday 2 October 2017

 

Term 2: Monday  27 November 2017

 

Term 3: Monday 22 January 2018

 

Term 4: Friday  12  March 2018

 

Term 5: Tuesday   8 May 2018

 

Term 6: 17 July 2017 for new Y7 students

How many lessons you can receive if continued until July 2017

30

25

20

15

10

5

Please note once you have registered your interest in instrumental lessons, these lessons only continue if the required payment is received. Please see Term 1.1 in our terms and conditions for further details about cancelling lessons.

 

Individual, group, length and time of lessons:

Each lesson will last either 20 or 30 minutes. 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 or during break / lunchtime we require notice when you register that you wish this to happen.

Communication

Once interest is registered online our instrumental coordinator and finance staff will ensure you receive an invoice for the forthcoming term's lessons. This will detail how and when to pay for lessons and there will be deadline date for payments which must be met. After the deadline date all instrumental lessons are then timetabled. Information about these lessons are emailed by our instrumental coordinator to the first contact on our school records before the end of the term, including how to access our timetables on Padlet (an online resource).

Student organisation

On viewing / saving / printing these timetables 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 your additional support. If you feel further support is necessary within school, please contact our instrumental coordinator (please also see our FAQ page, question 3).

Instruments – How to hire / buy an instrument

An instrument hire service is available through Gloucestershire Music (full details on  the prices and service are avilable on their website). An “assisted purchase scheme” is also available through the school, should you require financial support with hiring. We can also recommend excellent and reliable local / national suppliers that can offer a range of instruments if you want to buy an instrument instead. Please contact us if you require any further advice.

 

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, we will need to know about this when you register for lessons please. Please contact our Instrumental Coordinator 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 [see term 2.7]

  • 5x Individual lessons (30 minute) at a total £75 [full cost]
    or £37.50 [FSM / Pupil Premium]
     
  • 5x Individual lessons (20 minutes) at a total £50 [full cost]
    or £25 [FSM / Pupil Premium]
     
  • 5x Group of 2 (30 minutes) at a total £37.50 [full cost]
    or £18.75 [FSM / Pupil Premium]

(Should your child wish to receive a group lesson, but there is no-one with which to share, we will contact you about your child receiving 20-minute individual lessons instead. This will be dependent on teaching availability.)

 

Communication about lesson progress:

Our instrumental staff primarily informs you about your child’s progress via their practice diary. 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 diary 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, which will be followed throughout each term they have 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 diaries). We also decide on instrumental stars of each week to be announced in the weekly assemblies of certain year groups.

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 we will most likely discuss this matter with you about how we can collectively promote increased commitment and improved progress.

 

Quality Assurance

All instrumental lessons are carefully monitored in terms of progress (by means of checking students’ practice diaries), attendance and punctuality (by means of our register / tracking sheets) which all instrumental staff complete each week.

Any issues that we encounter will be addressed by our Music department staff, 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 email the Finance Team

For any other enquiries not answered on our FAQs page, please contact Mr Martin, our Instrumental Coordinator