We provide instrumental lessons at our 13 Music Schools and to over 300 Essex primary and secondary schools
Many students come to us having experienced our Play-It! scheme, where we provide whole-class instrumental tuition in schools, usually at Key Stage 2 (if your child has come home demanding ukulele lessons, this is where it usually comes from!).
Others may have attended one of our workshops, such as an African Drumming workshop (Drum-It!), or a visit from one of our Live Music Experiences group. This often provides the initial desire to start individual music lessons.
Our in-school hourly rate of tuition (1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020) is £30.45; Community Music Centre rates are arranged by package, and can be discussed with the Teacher in Charge at your local Centre as best suits your child.
This is the type of teaching many of us are familiar with – a child has 20 minutes per week (or more) of tuition with a teacher in an instrument at school. Often this will include taking music grades, but the purpose is to encourage your child to develop their musical potential with one of our skilled tutors.
Small group/Paired lessons
Sometimes, going straight into 1-to-1 tuition might prove a step too big for some students, or the financial outlay can seem suddenly quite large. To help with that, we run small group/paired lessons of two or three students per lesson, where you pay for what your child has – a 20 minute lesson for two students would mean you pay for 10 minutes.
Our tutor team
We monitor cold- and hotspots for instrumental teaching, and work with requests from schools to fulfil the musical needs of your child. As an example, in 2018 we appointed a team of rap tutors to work with students in secondary schools, alongside our highly skilled and experienced teams of string, woodwind, brass, percussion, vocal, keyboard, music technology tutors, and our team of specialist teachers for SEND. Our tutors work with each student to encourage the best music-making from them, be that through entering for music exams (i.e. ABRSM, Trinity, LCM and Rock School), local music competitions, and entry for national and international music conservatoires – whatever the goal, our tutors work with your child to fully enable them to get there.
We run a special scheme for families on low incomes, who may be eligible for our music tuition discount. We also have discounts and schemes for Looked After Children in partnership with Essex Virtual School, and provide an assisted instrument purchase scheme – please contact us for more information of this.
We also provide tuition in a range of area-based music schools, which are held outside of the normal school day during evening and weekends.
Please click here to apply for tuition.