Instrumental Lessons

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.

Our Aims

  • 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 RSL, GCSE or ‘A’ Level music can receive lessons on one instrument or voice free of charge. 

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Timetables

The timetables are posted outside S7 next to the practice rooms in the Sixth Form Centre. These must be checked every week, as changes are often needed at short notice. Generally students are withdrawn from class lessons at different times each week so that impact on that lesson is minimised. Some lessons are held before or after school hours. We are constrained by the availability of the visiting staff. Fixed lessons will be offered to Sixth form students in their free time wherever possible.

If you have any concerns regarding timetabling please do not hesitate to contact Mr Peel at school. It is important that you let your teacher and Mr Peel know if you are absent for any reason.

Monday

Brass - Mr Fitton - 8:30am-11:30am - S7

Drums - Mr Sanderson - 11:30am-4:30pm - S6

Tuesday

Guitar - Mr Wallace - 9:15am-12:15pm - S7

Saxophone - Mr Wilkinson - 12:45pm-2:45pm - S7

 

Wednesday

Voice - Mrs Driver - 12:00pm-3:00pm - S7

 

Thursday

Woodwind - Mrs Street - 11:00am-3:00pm - S7

 

Friday

Piano/Keyboard-Mrs Scholes-8:30am -12:30pm - S7

Strings - Mr Williams - 12:00pm-3:00pm - S7

What's Involved?

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.

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Instruments

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.

Although pianists, drummers and one or two other instrumentalists will not bring their instrument to school many students will need to store their instruments safely in the Sixth Form Centre in S7. It is important that you take your instrument home again at the end of the day. Your instrument, whether it is on loan from the school or privately owned is your responsibility. You must look after it. It should have your name on the outside and on the inside of the case. You should keep a record of the make, model and serial number at home. In the unlikely event of any damage occurring to your instrument whilst at home or in school details must be given to Mr Peel/Mr Hanson before any repairs are undertaken. The school is not insured for student’s own instruments.

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.