Peripatetic Instrumental Lessons Policy

Contents
1. Introduction 2. Aims of the Policy 3. Peripatetic teaching staff 4. When lessons take place 5. Fees 6. Scholarships 7. Hiring an instrument 8. Storage of instruments 9. Attendance 10. Advice on practice 11. Monitoring progress 12. Examinations 13. Guidance for peripatetic staff: • Keeping a register • Drawing up a timetable • Rewards for practising & good preparation • ABRSM Exams • Reports • See also ‘When lessons take place’ & ‘Attendance’ above 14. Equality of access 15. Review of Policy

• pupils who receive peripatetic lessons have the opportunity to participate in a wealth of extra curricular music activities. Fees Music lessons currently cost £143 per term (10 lessons). Introduction Every pupil has the right to receive extra-curricular instrumental and vocal lessons subject to the availability of a teacher. both during the school day and at home 3. and socially. A music scholarship takes the form of one free set of instrumental lessons for the duration of the child’s time at Hawford. 5. especially if they attend one of the extracurricular groups run by the music department. Tuesdays & Thursdays Mrs J Chambers Mondays & Fridays • Strings Mrs S Humphries Mondays • Flute Mrs A Allsop Wednesdays (incl. fully qualified and CRB checked. tenor horn & trombone) • Brass Mr S Bridgewater Tuesdays & Fridays • Guitar Mr R Adams Wednesdays • Drums • Vocals Mrs E MacDonald Wednesdays 4. Instrumental lessons take place throughout the school day. Aims of the Policy This policy seeks to ensure that: • all pupils have the opportunity to fully participate in instrumental lessons • pupils are supported in selecting the appropriate instrument that they wish to learn • pupils and parents are aware of the commitment that learning an instrument requires. Scholarships Each year. including: • pupils benefit academically in that the skills and knowledge gained from a peripatetic lesson may benefit their curriculum work. and are kindly requested not to make such arrangements. 6. morally. saxophone. 2. It is the responsibility of each pupil to check the time of their instrumental lessons. • pupils gain spiritually. . as this reduces the amount of time through which other pupils’ lessons can rotate. especially when they are beginners of similar ability. four scholarships are awarded to pupils that show exceptional talent or potential aptitude in music. Please note that one term’s notice is required if your child wishes to give up instrumental lessons. All are well-experienced. When lessons take place Instrumental tuition is provided weekly for 30 weeks per year by peripatetic music teachers. Most instrumental teachers also send a copy home for reference. Timetables are displayed on the notice board inside the music room. There are many benefits of such lessons. pupils are taught in pairs or small groups. in accordance with the whole school policy on equal opportunities. oboe & bassoon) • Woodwind Miss H Whitefoot Fridays (incl. parents and pupils do not need to fix lessons in break and lunch times. Peripatetic teaching staff The Head of Music liases with all peripatetic instrumental teachers.1. Scholarship examinations take place during February. Solo performance. All staff at King’s Hawford are aware that pupils receive instrumental tuition and grant permission for them to leave time-tabled lessons at the appropriate time. Mrs A Douglas Tuesdays & Thursdays • Piano Mrs A Allard Mondays. throughout the week. ensuring no child misses the same lesson twice within the same term. Occasionally. Because of this. sightreading and aural skills are tested. Please contact the Head of Music for more information. All lessons rotate.

• If a pupil (or parent) informs the peripatetic teacher of a planned absence on the morning of a sports fixture. which is added directly to the school fees. These are usually carried over to the following term. who will pass the information on when the teacher arrives. This includes any damage and/or general servicing costs. 8. or lessons that are missed due to the children not being in school for. that lesson will not be forfeit and will be owed. staff. A note will be put in the book bag of our younger pupils to keep parents informed. A message on the morning of the absence itself is perfectly acceptable. Parents should also make arrangements for hired instruments to be included on their general household insurance. an absence on the part of a peripatetic teacher will count as a lesson owed. it may be possible to alter peripatetic lesson times if: • adequate notice is given to inform other students of the timetable change • in changing the timetable there is not a knock-on effect created. for example. Instruments should be left at the appropriate place in the Music Department and should be taken home at the end of each day. or a free lesson owed. 10. Instruments currently on hire/in stock include: • violins • cellos • flutes • clarinets • alto saxophones • trumpets • tenor horns Please note that hired instruments are the parents’ responsibility. they will endeavour to teach the child before midday. Please ensure your child’s instrument is clearly labelled with their name. if this is more convenient. King’s Hawford is unable to accept liability for any loss or damage to instruments whilst in school. Pupils may store clarinets and flutes in their lockers. This does include illness. and the digital display boards around the school. Where peripatetic teachers are informed of an absence in advance.7. parents and pupils should discuss the matter with the Head of Music in the first instance. • Absences of peripatetic teachers will be communicated to pupils via registers. They must leave their class in good time to attend their instrumental or vocal lesson. 9. trips or fixtures (again without prior notice) will unfortunately be forfeit. may contain assessed work. example. and will appear on the next invoice as an extra free lesson. Regular practice is very important. If a student has an important curriculum lesson which. so that other students are taken out of the same lesson which they were taken out of recently. • Naturally. or carried over to the following term. Advice on practice Pupils are expected to practice between 10 and 20 minutes a day. . • Lessons that are missed without prior notice. Hiring an instrument Some instruments can be hired for £15 a term. On absences: • Any information regarding absences of any kind can be communicated directly to the teacher by phone/email/text (text is permissible for short notices such as absences) or through the school office. It is far better to do a little most nights. Attendance Pupils must endeavour not to miss lessons. than to do half an hour the night before a lesson. If there are any issues regarding pupils missing a curriculum lesson. Storage of instruments Most instruments are covered by most household insurance policies.

• Drawing up a timetable Staff should draw up a timetable at the beginning of each term or half term. a Headteacher’s Award could be given. Equality of access All students are entitled to participate in instrumental tuition regardless of their age. • ABRSM Exams Exams currently take place on site. Excellent effort in lessons should also be rewarded. The Head of Music also monitors attendance. Monitoring progress Most peripatetic teachers contact parents for updates on progress regularly. In such instances. and endeavour to stick to it as far as possible. Pupils will be given a formal annual report in the summer reporting process. gender. Selecting students on an ‘ad hoc’ basis is not appropriate. • Rewards for practising & good preparation Thorough practice and/or good preparation for lessons should be rewarded. these might be awarded once a term/half-term. When the date of the examination comes through. or can be downloaded from the Head of Music. Blank templates are available from the office. Consent from parents should be sought before entering a child for an exam. It is important to remember there is a cost element to examinations. especially on the violin and piano. These should be word-processed onto a specific template available from the Head of Music. Staff provide regular. brass and vocal pupils. Teachers will select the most appropriate level of difficulty of examination. Examinations Pupils may be entered for ABRSM (or similar) examinations at the teacher’s discretion. as it is too difficult to ensure that pupils are not missing the same curriculum lesson too often. informal feedback to parents via the child’s notebook. Examiners’ feedback can be constructive and useful to both parent and teacher. As a rough guide. Again as a rough guide. Review of Policy This policy is reviewed annually by the Head of Music DP August 2010 . The cost of the exam and the cost of any piano accompaniment should be made clear to the parents. Guidance for Peripatetic Staff • Keeping a register Staff must keep a weekly register. it must also be made clear to parents that it is their responsibility to arrange transport to the examination centre if the venue is an external one (ie Elgar School of Music in Worcester). 12. a discussion with the Head of Music should take place. For pupils who put in extra effort. as well as how many pupils are studying an instrument at any one time. there is also the additional cost of piano accompaniment. Some do start earlier.11. Parents must also bare in mind that it is their responsibility to arrange transport to and from the examination centre (currently the Elgar School in Worcester City Centre) 13. Reasons for this include Health & Safety as well as dispute resolution. Entrance for an examination is also a good indicator of progress. or text book. ethnicity or ability. For woodwind. one or two ‘reds’ might be awarded every one or two lessons. • Reports Written reports are issued once a year in the summer term. 15. The majority of pupils take up an instrument between Years 2 and 6. • See also ‘When lessons take place’ & ‘Attendance’ above 14.