The Music Department at Toynbee School has a flourishing, enriching extra curricular programme. Educational research continues to demonstrate that pupils who have instrumental/singing lessons achieve higher standards in school across the curriculum.
We have a full, varied and exciting timetable of weekly ensemble rehearsals, and our pupils enjoy a broad range of performance opportunities. We do expect pupils to take part in these enriching groups to supplement their learning experience.
Pupils progress through Grade and Hampshire Stage exams and the display boards in the Music area demonstrate the high levels of progress our pupils are making. In addition to instrumental lessons, we also run an after school Grade 5 Theory class, which prepares pupils for both higher grade exams and Music at 6th form college.
Instrumental and Singing lessons are taught by both the Toynbee Music staff and visiting peripatetic teachers. All of our staff, work really hard to ensure that pupils are well taught and inspired to make excellent progress.
Instrumental/Singing lessons take place during the school day and usually last for about 20 minutes. Your son/daughter will follow an instrumental lesson time-table, which will ensure that he/she is not coming out of the same curriculum lesson each week. Parents sometimes worry that attending music lessons will cause their child to fall behind with their progress in other subjects. Educational research continues to demonstrate that pupils who learn a musical instrument tend to do better academically in all subject areas.
At Toynbee, we believe every child should have access to instrumental/singing lessons. To support this, we have maintained a very competitive price for lessons:
GCSE Music Pupils in Years 10 and 11 - £150 per annum
Key Stage 3 Pupils and Key Stage 4 not taking Music - £240 per annum
Free School Meals Pupils - no charge
Pupils that wish to share a lesson in a larger group - price by arrangement.
This group-price has enabled many more families to take advantage of lessons.
You may pay by cash, cheque or online using the Tucasi online payment system.
Payments can be made at the beginning of the school year for the full amount or send in 3 forward dated cheques for £50 or £80 respectively dated 05/09/16, 03/01/17 and 24/04/17.
Our instrumental/singing staff are contracted from September to the end of the following Summer term. Ideally, your son/daughter should book lessons for a whole year. If you do decide to stop lessons before the end of the year, providing you have given sufficient notice, refunds will be considered. We will still have to pay the visiting teacher, so please try to encourage your child to continue learning until the end of the year.
It is not unusual for Year 7 pupils to take some time adjusting to checking their lesson times, and learning how to excuse themselves from the relevant curriculum lessons. At school we work hard to help with this transition, and find it helpful if parents also remind their child about attending the lessons.
We currently offer the following instrumental lessons:
Piano, Violin, Flute, Keyboard, Double Bass, Clarinet, Guitar, Brass, Saxophone, Bass, Singing, Drums.
Please feel free to talk to Miss Parrott in the Music Department if you would like further information - the number is 023 80269026 ext 212.
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