Parents make applications for instrumental music tuition to the Director of Music.
Instrumental lessons take place throughout the school day from Mondays to Friday. Every attempt is made to accommodate Sports matches on Monday and Thursday afternoons. All music lesson timetables must rotate and these are devised in preparation for the start of each term by the Director of Music. Pupils are not allowed to miss continually the same academic lessons and the rotation must be adhered to as strictly as possible. Where a pupil plays two or more instruments, this is not always possible, but we do try to have their lessons on different days and to accommodate some lessons during non-academic times.
Music lesson timetables are posted throughout the School at end of each week for the forthcoming week, listing all lessons which are due to be taught.
All pupils must make use of a Chorister School Music Practice Notebook. This is an extremely important part of the communication process between the teacher, the pupil and the parents. It is assumed that teachers will write detailed instructions as to exactly what needs to be done before the next lesson. Parents are asked to look at this book each week and to initial it on a regular basis. In order to keep a record of the lesson arrangements, music teachers are required to complete all details in the Music Notebook. This document effectively records the number of lessons taught, work set and comments to the parents. Properly completed, it averts any number of questions which parents and academic staff might have. The Music Teachers should contact parents immediately when this book is not brought into school for a lesson.
It is intended that Music Teachers will prepare their pupils in all aspects of technical work and repertoire associated with the instrument at any particular grade, and appropriate to the capability of the child. This will include scales and arpeggios, sight reading and aural, which should begin early in the exam process, and not be left to the final weeks.
Some pupils have theory lessons – all choristers and those who might feasibly go on to higher practical grades and Music Scholarship Awards. For all other pupils, and especially those pre-Grade 2, the requirement for some theory will need to be covered by the Visiting Music Teacher. Additionally the Class Music Programme introduces all pupils to the basic elements of theory and composition over a six year period.