All pupils have the opportunity to learn an instrument at the College, irrespective of age or experience. We have a great team of instrumental tutors who teach part-time at the College, and provide one-to-one tuition on most orchestral and contemporary music instruments.
How do I apply for instrumental/vocal lessons?
You can download an initial application form from the link below. Either print the application form and return to the Music School, or email back to email@example.com
Please note that new applications should be received by the preceding half-term.
Which instruments do you offer?
- Voice Mr S Embrel
- Piano Mr D French, Mrs M Moll Salord
- Organ Mr K Dorman
- Flute/Recorder Mr R Cope
- Clarinet/Saxophone Mr P Bamber
- Trombone/French Horn
- Violin/Viola Miss V Stephenson
- 'Cello Mr G Pasca
- Double Bass Mr E Babar
- Guitar (acoustic/electric/bass) Mr O Houlston
- Drum kit/percussion Mr C Plummer
- Trumpet Mr A Nash
Depending on the instrument, £175-£194 per term for ten 30-minute individual lessons. This will be made clear on the application form. There are schemes for financial support, which can be sent on request.
When and where will lessons take place?
Lessons take place during the school day and pupils will occasionally have to leave curriculum lessons for their tuition. The school understands the value of learning an instrument and the benefits that this brings to all subjects, and we have the full support of the staff, who will try to ensure that any work missed is made up. To minimise the impact on any particular subject, instrumental lessons are rotated as far as possible (depending on the number of pupils on the rota). It is possible to have a fixed time for boys in examination years (Syntax, Poetry and Rhetoric).
How will my son know when his lessons take place?
The timetable for weekly instrumental lessons will be posted on this page of the website and also goes up in the Music School on Friday afternoon. This timetable is subject to change and, as a result, boys are expected to check the noticeboard regularly. If there is a last minute change, then the Music School will make every effort to get this information to the relevant boys.
What notice period is required to cease lessons?
A full term's notice is required to cease instrumental tuition. We reserve the right to ask for full or part payment if this notice is not given. Notice must be given in writing to the music department (and in the case of Merton Music Foundation tutors, to them as well). Please speak to us if there is a reason why you may be considering stopping lessons - it is very difficult to take them up again in the future.
All instrumental tutors are coordinated through the music department, so please contact Mr Thomas in the first instance (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please also inform Mr Thomas of any concerns to do with instrumental lessons.
The first step is to contact the music department and we will look into the timetabling - but it is very rare for this to be the case purely as a result of instrumental lessons.