Instrumental Music Tuition

If you would like to request instrumental lessons for your son, please read the following information carefully and then use the Music Tuition Request form at the bottom of the page to make your request. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact musicadmin@dulwichpreplondon.org 

Instruments taught
Bassoon Double Bass Guitar Oboe Piano Trombone Viola
Cello Euphonium Harp Organ Saxophone Trumpet Violin
Clarinet Flute Horn Percussion Theory Tuba Voice
Who can take instrumental teaching?

Year 1 boys may be able to commence instrumental lessons on Piano, Violin or Cello during the late Spring or Summer terms, but only following discussion with the Head of the Pre-Prep. Year 2 boys may commence tuition in Piano, Violin, Cello or Double Bass. Year 3 onwards with the exception of Drums and Guitar (which become available in Year 4) all other instruments are available. Boys may attend group or private “taster” sessions to help select a chosen area of study.

How much does it cost and who do I pay?

The fee recommended to the instrumental teachers (charged in advance each term) for individual tuition is currently £21.50 per thirty minute lesson and is reviewed annually. Payment is made directly to a member of the visiting music staff upon receipt of an invoice. Before a pupil’s  first term of tuition a contract will be exchanged between the parent and the visiting music teacher. Charges for accessories and music bought through the school will be added to the Extras Account at the end of each term.

When do lessons take place?

Individual lessons are normally given during school hours and boys miss different academic periods on a rota basis. They will not normally miss more than two periods of one subject per half term. Added care is taken to avoid this as boys approach external examinations, etc. Second and third studies are taught out of lesson time where possible. We will try to avoid core subjects for those boys in the Pre-Prep but can offer no guarantee that this will be the case. Instrumental timetables are posted weekly on the website.

What happens if my son misses a lesson?

Teachers are under no obligation to make up lessons missed by pupils through boys’ illness, forgetfulness or absence from school. The boys are expected to attend lessons and manage a reasonable amount of practice. A practice book is provided to assist with the monitoring of work done at home and also serves as a link between the parents and the instrumental teacher. Lessons missed due to teacher illness or absence will be re-scheduled.

How do I stop instrumental lessons?

A half term’s notice is required to cease lessons. Half a term’s fees will be charged in lieu of notice.

How will I know of my son’s progress?

A written report comes home in the Autumn term and at the end of the Summer term. Occasionally, parents may arrange to attend lessons given by instrumental teachers. You can also communicate with your son’s teacher via the red practice book.

Will my son take music examinations?

Pupils may be prepared for Associated Board or Trinity College examinations, the examinations being held in school three times annually.

Will my son join a musical ensemble?

Boys will be invited to join instrumental groups as soon as they achieve the necessary standard.

Can I hire an instrument for my son?

The school has a stock of instruments available for hire - normally in the first year of study. The department can advise on instrument purchase and/or instrument hire if no school instrument is available. A scale of charges up to £60 for large instruments is applied, charged to the end of term extras account. Parents are required to insure school instruments against damage and/or loss.


Music Tuition request form

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