INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS INTERESTED IN TAKING INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC LESSONS
PLEASE DO NOT ATTACH OR SEND IN ANY PAYMENT FOR MUSIC LESSONS WITH THIS FORM. YOU WILL BE EITHER INVOICED BY THE INSTRUMENTAL TEACHER DIRECT OR THE CHARGE WILL BE ADDED TO YOUR SCHOOL FEES.
Instrumental lessons on all orchestral instruments as well as guitar, piano, drums and voice are available to students wishing to study at St John’s School.
We recommend lessons for children from Upper Kindergarten upwards, but this does not necessarily preclude those in Lower Kindergarten and Reception which may be available upon special request.
A 20 minute session is recommended for Kindergarten and Junior children and 30 minutes for Senior students.
Please note that lessons are given during the school day and as far as possible during free time i.e. before school, break and lunch hour. Where students are missing academic lessons these will be non-core subjects. It is important that you understand this arrangement before committing your child to tuition.
Lessons are normally arranged on a weekly basis with 30 lessons in a year divided over three terms. Fees are payable in advance and teachers will normally invoice termly.
Should your child miss a lesson for any reason then it is deemed lost. However, should the instrumental teacher be absent, then the lesson will be made up another time.
Withdrawal from lessons must also be advised in writing. Failure to do so may result in a charge of half a terms fees for late/no notice.
If you sign your child up for music lessons, they will be expected to:
- Have their own instrument to use and practice at home (Instruments are available for hire – see below)
- Bring a note book to their lesson for the teacher to write down practice hints and as a way of communicating with parents
- Pay for lessons in advance
- Let their instrumental teacher know if they are going to be absent
- Give half a term’s notice of withdrawal from tuition
- Commit to a whole year of tuition to benefit fully from sessions
It is recommended that you consult the instrumental teacher before buying or hiring an instrument. The school does not generally provide instruments, but there are a few that may be loaned on a trial term for a £20 deposit. Please speak to Miss Ibbotson if you would like to make use of this opportunity.
Should you wish to borrow the instrument for longer then a small charge of £25 per term will be made which will go into the Music Department equipment funds.
The scale of fees is available from the Bursar’s office and any change to your tuition must be advised in writing to the Bursar’s office.
Please note that although instrumental lessons are conducted on school premises the tuition is provided by teachers who are not employed by and are independent of St John’s School. Any agreements relating to music tuition are therefore with the teacher concerned and not St John’s School.
We hope this information is helpful to you and that your child enjoys studying music in this way.