All children learn to play classroom percussion instruments in their class music lessons. All children have a year of free recorder lessons in year 3.
We also offer tuition in school, paid for by parents, on the following instruments: Flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, recorder (including treble), saxophone, trumpet, cornet, horn, trombone, violin, cello, double bass, guitar. Mrs Dwyer and Mrs Price teach Jazz sax and clarinet (to ABRSM Grade 5). We cannot offer drumkit or piano. Music Theory tuition is also available for older children. Lesson are individual or occasionally in pairs or small groups.
It is very important that parents understand that regular practice (most days) is necessary for progress, and that younger children almost always need help with this.
Mrs Marie Price – Subject Leader
Mrs Juliette Addison – Violin
Miss Elisheba Stevens – Cello
Mr Ashley Horton – Brass
Mr Stephen Butler – Guitar
Mrs Alison Matthews – Flute
Mrs Jacky Dwyer – Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone, Bassoon
Mrs Marie Price – Flute, Recorder, Clarinet, Saxophone, Double Bass, Music Theory
Please click Musical Instrument Policy v3 to read the policy for Instrumental Lessons in School.
The school has some string instruments available to hire at a very competitive rate; the hire policy is also included in the Musical Instrument Policy v3 .
Since 2015 Mrs Price has also taught some groups of year 2 children on mini flutes and clarinets called Toots and Doods. See HERE for info. Children who have shown an interest in playing a woodwind instrument (and are on the waiting list) are invited at the end of year 1 to sign up for the following year. So far all those who have participated have continued on to play flute, clarinet or saxophone.
If you think your child would like to play an instrument in the future, it is important to ask the office to put their name on the waiting list. Places usually only come up each September, there may be a wait of several years. KS2 children will be selected from the list first and those who have been on the list for longer will take priority . Children can only have lessons on ONE instrument in school, to make sure they don’t miss too much class curriculum time. Theory and recorder groups are in addition to this as they are at lunchtimes or after school. Instrumental lessons are also available at the St Albans Music School – telephone 01727 860941 or see HERE.