We offer all students the opportunity to have instrumental lessons with our first class group of peripatetic teachers. We currently have students learning the following instruments:
Violin, Flute, Cello, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Saxophone, Clarinet and Trumpet.
Whitecross is proud to offer instrumental lessons to every Year 7 student at no cost to parents. Each student will receive an instrument and take part in lessons throughout the academic year and there will be opportunities to perform at a variety of events.
If a student wishes to learn an instrument that we do not currently provide, our link with Encore! Enterprises enables us to enlist new teachers who are part of an ‘Accredited Teacher’ scheme. These teachers have had a formal interview, lesson observation and performed on their main instrument as part of a rigorous recruitment process in order to be added to the scheme.
Learning an instrument can benefit students in many ways. Not only will their musical technique and ability improve, so will their understanding of music theory. They will also have the opportunity to be prepared and entered for instrumental and music theory examinations which are recognised by all colleges, universities and sixth forms. The higher grade levels also carry UCAS points. Our instrumental teachers directly enter their pupils for examinations and help them to prepare for school based curriculum entries for BTEC and GCSE performances.
Each teacher is self-employed and will liaise with you directly to arrange payment. The role of the school is to select suitable teachers for our students, provide a quiet space for lessons and to timetable lessons on a rotational basis in order to avoid students missing time out of the same lesson every week.
Lessons can be taught on an individual, paired or small group basis and range from 20 minutes to an hour in length, with 30 minutes being the average. A recommended 32 lessons per year are provided where possible. The cost is approximately £9 per 20 minutes but varies between teachers. The school will consider remission of fees and hire (refundable deposit required) for those students eligible for free school meals and if students progress to Key Stage 4 and continue to study for GCSE/BTEC Music, we also offer some remission of fees.
We understand parents and guardians may be concerned about paying for an instrument with the possibility of their child not continuing lessons. To alleviate this concern, Encore! Enterprises offer an instrumental hire service (with the exception of piano, drums and guitar) via a direct debit scheme with a free repair service included for £6 - £9 per calendar month.
We are so passionate about music, extra curricular music and tuition and feel that the benefits of peripatetic lessons will support each student child within our department and within the school as a whole.
If a student would like to take music lessons, please contact Miss Alexander.