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Music Instrumental Lessons

Mangotsfield School has a team of visiting teachers who come in each week to give instrumental lessons to students. If your son/daughter would like to learn a musical instrument or have singing lessons, please contact the Music Department for an application form.

Lessons take place during the school day and there are ten lessons each term. Lessons are generally between 15 - 30 minutes in length and are in groups of up to three students. The charges per term (i.e. September – December; January – April; April – July) are as follows:

Years 7 – 13 £85 for 10 lessons

Music GCSE students £42.50 for 10 lessons (currently subsidised)

Hire of instrument for first year £15 per term (Please note that keyboards and guitars are not available for hire)

This must be paid in advance of each term. A bill for instrumental lessons will be sent separately, giving exact details of when payment is due.

Instruments available for tuition are:

Violin; viola; cello; double bass; flute; oboe; clarinet; bassoon; trumpet; trombone; French horn; percussion instruments, including drum kit; saxophone; acoustic guitar; electric guitar, piano; keyboard; voice.

GUIDELINES FOR PARENTS & STUDENTS

These guidelines are to help with the smooth running of the Instrumental Scheme at Mangotsfield School and to encourage students to develop good working practices. We hope the points covered here are self-explanatory - if you have any queries, please contact the Head of Music.

1. ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE STORAGE OF INSTRUMENTS

If you bring your instrument to school for lessons, you may leave it in Music Practice Room 2 before registration in the morning. You should then collect it at the end of the day. Instruments should not be left in school overnight.

The school cannot accept responsibility for instruments which have been left in school overnight, unless you have been given special permission to do so by the Head of Music (e.g. if you have a music practice the following day). Please note, Music Practice Room 2 is the only designated place for the storage of instruments belonging to students.

2. ATTENDING INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS

In order to have an instrumental lesson in school time, it will be necessary for students to miss part of one class lesson each week, therefore they will be expected to catch up with any work or homework covered during this time. Whenever possible, lessons are arranged on a rota basis, but please note that this is not always possible. Students in Years 10 - 13 will be timetabled in free time or non-examination time, if possible.

Students are expected to check the Music noticeboards carefully for details of times, days and dates of their lessons. They should ask for permission to attend an instrumental lesson from their subject teacher before they go to the lesson. Students should not miss an instrumental lesson unless they are absent from school. If students are due to go on a school trip, or if there is any reason why they may not be able to attend their music lesson, they should let their instrumental teacher know in advance.

The student planner may be used by students, parents and staff for communication of relevant messages, details of practice etc.

Please note that lessons are non-refundable. If a student wishes to give up instrumental lessons, notice should be given in writing before the end of term, as lessons have to be booked in advance.

3. PAYMENT OF FEES

Fees for both lessons and the hire of instruments are payable in advance, and should be paid by the date stated on the invoice. The money should be paid to the Finance Office. Cheques should be made payable to Mangotsfield School. Please note, if the invoice is not paid by the date shown, lessons will automatically be cancelled. If there is any problem regarding the payment of fees, please notify the Head of Music immediately, preferably in writing.

There are 30 lessons per year (generally 10 in each billing period). If a teacher misses a lesson, the lesson will be made up at a future date in the term. If this is not possible, the money owed will be credited against the following invoice, or the lesson will be made up in the following term. If a student misses a lesson, the lesson is non-refundable. However, the school will use its discretion, for example, in cases of long-term illness.

4. PRACTICE & HOMEWORK

Obviously learning an instrument is a challenge, and students will need encouragement and support at home as well as at school. They will need to do a reasonable amount of practice each day in order to get the most out of their lessons.

Students will be expected to participate in one or more of the instrumental groups which take place at lunchtime or after school, in order to make the most of their instrumental lessons and develop skills of general musicianship.

5. INSTRUMENTS

At the end of the first year of learning, if a student continues to show interest, parents/carers are encouraged to consider purchasing an instrument as it is our policy to pass on instruments to new students so that they may also have the opportunity to learn. (However, this should not discourage those who wish to learn but are unable to provide their own instrument).

Music accessories such as strings, reeds and music will need to be purchased from time to time.

Please look after instruments carefully; they are your responsibility. Do not leave them lying around.