Instrumental lessons are available to all students at Aldworth School. We employ fully qualified specialist teachers who are either employed by the Hampshire Music Service or who are private teachers. All of our instrumental teachers are experts in their fields, are practising musicians and involve themselves fully in the musical life of the School. We provide lessons on a range of orchestral and rock instruments including:
Most lessons are offered within the school day, but, on occasions, it may be necessary for students to stay after school. This is because the peripatetic teachers only visit Aldworth School on certain days of the week as they are also employed at other schools. When lessons take place within the school day the time rotates each week to ensure that interruptions are kept to a minimum. Wherever possible Years 10 and 11 are timetabled after school or during break times. These arrangements do not normally present any problems, providing that the student catches up on any missed work.
We aim to provide an average of 10 lessons per term (minimum of 30 per academic year) although often students may receive more than this. Lessons are 20 minutes long. They may be individual lessons or in a group of two depending on ability. Timetables will be issued to students at the start of term. Students will always be able to check the timetable as they are displayed on the notice boards in the music department or finance office. Parents/carers will receive a report during the summer term showing students’ progress and attendance.
There is an expectation that, where possible, students having instrumental lessons will attend extra-curricular activities held by the music department (usually lunchtimes).
Students bringing in their own instruments may leave them in the locked office in D113 (Main classroom) or the practice room in which they have their instrumental lesson. Instruments brought into school are done so at the owner’s risk. You may wish to include the instrument on household insurance.
Once you have entered into an agreement, we require one term’s notice if you later wish to cancel. Where payment is by standing order it is the payer’s responsibility to stop this payment if music lessons are cancelled. If payments are not made at least termly the school may refer the debt to Hampshire County Council’s debt collection team and lessons will be suspended until the full amount is received.
Instrumental lesson charges for 2019/20 will be £90 per term per instrument, which represents excellent value for money. Concessions are available to those in receipt of Free School Meals. We offer the option of payment by Standing Order and, in recognition of the reduced administrative costs, charge £21.00 per month for 12 months.
Students can take choose to take music exams. The school regularly enters pupils for the practical exams of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Trinity College (London) and also takes part in the Staged Awards of the Hampshire Music Service.