Music Application Form
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INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC POLICY
Individual tuition is offered in voice, violin, piano, recorder, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, guitar, bass guitar, drum kit, African drumming, marimba and music theory.
Subject to approval from the Academic Head of Department, lessons are scheduled by arrangement with the individual teacher. The duration of each lesson will normally be one half hour but may be extended by arrangement. They are organized throughout the day on a rotating timetable, which is published weekly and supplied to each class teacher and to parents by email. Fixed lessons may be arranged in the afternoons, subject to teacher availability. Certain instruments (African Drumming, Guitar, Marimba, Violin and Voice) allow for group instruction to take place, in which case pupils are allocated a group class on the timetable.
Pupils are expected to arrive for their lessons promptly. Should they be absent for any reason, teachers should be notified timeously. In the case of illness, teachers will as far as possible, endeavour to make up the lessons. Should the teacher be absent, lessons will be made up.
Exams, competitions and scholarships
At the discretion of the teachers and should the pupils so wish, they will be prepared for grade exams of Royal Schools of Music, Trinity College, Rockschool and UNISA, Eisteddfodau and Scholarship exams.
Additional lessons may be arranged on a pro rata basis should pupils need or want them. It is advisable that examination candidates take extra lessons during the preparation period.
Access to instruments and home practice
To maintain progress it is imperative that pupils practise daily between lessons. It would be appreciated if parents could help in this regard.
A limited number of instruments are available for hire. Instruments will be issued in working order. Repairs to the instruments that may be required while in possession of the pupils, will be for the parents’ account.
Access to pianos
The school does not have pianos for hire. Pupils enrolled for piano lessons should ideally have access to a piano at home. Piano rentals can be arranged through various companies - information is available from the Director of Music. If this is not possible, pupils may practise at school. Practice times may be arranged with the Director of Music.
Current Fee Structure
Lessons are charged in arrears at the end of each term, based on the number of lessons which took place. On average, pupils can expect to have 10 to 12 lessons per term. Additional expenses for music books and accessories will also be added to the account as necessary. Fees are calculated as follows:
Individual lessons: R 240 per lesson
Small group lessons (2-6 per group): R 160 per lesson
Large group lessons (7+ per group): R 120 per lesson
Instrument hire: R 900 per instrument per term (holidays are included)
Termination of lessons
One term’s written notice is required, failing which, fees for the term will be payable.