At Haslingden High School we believe that Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. Music brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. Learning to play an instrument is a life long gift and we believe that our specialist teachers will pass on to their students a love of music that will enrich their lives forever. Instrumental lessons are currently delivered through private teachers who work within the department. Our team of specialist instrumental tutors work part-time in the school to deliver high quality learning and achieve excellent results.
- To enable students to achieve their full potential irrespective of age, ability and background.
- To ensure the Instrumental Service functions effectively and successfully and that it responds to the needs of students, parents, staff and the wider community.
- To establish positive relationships between home and school by seeking to involve parents in all musical aspects of school life.
- To set high standards and create a musical environment in which all are treated with understanding and respect.
Many of the students currently learning an instrument at Haslingden began their musical journey in primary school. In Year 7 those wishing to continue learning an instrument will be given priority. Receiving a lesson is a privilege and although a financial contribution from parents is made, the actual cost of the lessons is much greater. The instrumental lesson system relies on students being trustworthy and willing to contribute to the life of the music in school. It is expected that all students will participate in one or more of the extra curricular musical groups.
In Years 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 students opting to take GCSE or A-Level music can receive lessons on one instrument or voice free of charge.
Brass - Mr Fitton - 12:30pm-4:00pm
Drums - Mr Sanderson - 11:30am-4:30pm
Woodwind - Mr Wilkinson - 9:00am - 11:30am
Guitar - Mr Wallace - 9:00am-1:00pm
Strings - Mr Williams - 9:00am-12:00pm
Singing - Mrs Driver - 12:00pm-3:00pm
Woodwind - Miss Edwards - 9:00am-3:30pm
Piano - Miss Edwards - 9:00am-3:30pm
We will provide each student with a minimum of 30 lessons per year. In most cases students will receive more lessons than this.
The academic year runs from September – July and the cost of a year’s tuition is £90.00. An invoice will be sent to you through the post and payment details will be explained in the letter accompanying the invoice. This money is non-refundable even if you should choose to discontinue lessons. Students opting to take music at GCSE or ‘A’ level continue to receive free tuition in one instrument.
We are very keen to develop strong links with parents so that students receive all of the necessary support. We will inform you if there are attendance or progress concerns. Students may be withdrawn from the instrumental lessons if problems persist. Students are aware that learning an instrument is hard work. It can take several years to develop a strong technique but the rewards are great and varied. Students must be organised and motivated. Taking on additional responsibility like this should not be taken lightly. Attending a weekly lesson is only a very small part of the commitment needed and parents are encouraged to help their children practice regularly.
Practising for 30 minutes when you get home from school everyday is more beneficial than doing a big chunk on Sunday! Try and develop a routine for practice. Staying at school to practice is always possible if you arrange this in advance.
It is essential that students have an instrument to play and practice with and we are always happy to advise you on the best deals and instrumental specialists around. We do not recommend buying blindly from the internet. Many students rent a brand new instrument for three months or six months and details of this are available from us.
Haslingden High School regularly holds Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) exams in school. Hundreds of our students have had terrific success over many years. We also host ABRSM theory grade exams. We also use Rock School exams for those learning guitar, bass and drums.