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1. Children may start lessons aged 7 or 8 and may continue until aged 12 or high school.
2. Classes are held at Glenfield Intermediate School on Saturday mornings and weekdays after school.
3. Classes are held weekly during the school term for up to 60 minutes, dependent on class size.
4. Children must complete at least 1 year of our Preparatory Instrument Programme (PIP) to learn good practice habits, music reading and group performance or have a minimum of two years previous music training.
From Term 4, for the following year. Enrolments close in January, any late enrolments will be at the Supervisor’s discretion and subject to class numbers.
Lessons start the week of Monday, 12th February 2018. In January, you’ll be sent confirmation of your lesson time. If you’re hiring your instrument, your first set of accessories will be provided with your hire. Additional accessories such as strings, reeds etc can be purchased from any local music store or from the GMC desk on Saturday mornings during school term.
Class times are allocated according to tutor availability and student numbers. Although parent/caregivers are asked to state their preferred lesson day, GMC cannot guarantee that particular day will be available.
If you miss a lesson, it is good manners to ring the teacher to learn what your child needs to practise so they don’t fall behind. If you miss more than three lessons in a row you will be removed from that class unless you can arrange private lessons with the teacher to catch up.
Yes! You can help out at concerts or by joining the Committee. Talk to the Supervisor about how you can help.
It is strongly recommended that you select the weekday option for lessons. This will avoid having to change classes during the year (which could be very stressful for the student). Most of the instruments taught on Saturday have a weekday class option.
Your child will need to come to Glenfield Intermediate Hall and have an assessment with the Supervisor or a teacher who will discern which is the best level class for them. They may be placed in a lower level group until they can prove themselves capable.
No. GMC only receives funding for primary and intermediate students. Most high schools have excellent facilities for music tuition. We are happy to advise private tutors for older students. In special circumstances we may be able to negotiate a special price for lessons so the child can continue with their class.
Children must be 7 years in March to begin Recorder. At this age, children can cope with the lesson requirements and have the basic fine motor skills to be successful at playing the recorder. The recorder classes also include elements of reading music, listening to rhythms, playing percussion and developing good musicianship habits such as regular practice.
Consistency and parental encouragement are vital for long-term success. Instrument hire is non-refundable. Please see our refund policy.