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Music Tuition

Learning an instrument

Providing instrument tuition is a popular way in which we enrich our curriculum, whether it’s part of our standard curriculum or as an extra-curricular activity. Children perform twice a year as a school in our regular music/drama productions. The children are very lucky to be able to perform at the Cavendish Hall on a real stage! Recent productions of ours include: The Wizard of Oz, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Cinderella Rockerfella and Alice the musical.


We are really fortunate to have six peripatetic music teachers who work within school; Ms Guntren teaches the harp on a Wednesday, Mrs. Gilliatt teaches violin and piano and Mr Parsons teaches cello on Monday, Mrs Walker teaches woodwind on Wednesdays, Mrs Bower teaches piano on Thursdays and Mr Wreiden teaches Guitar on a Friday.  Mrs Castles also teaches music to all KS2 classes on a Tuesday.
The age at which children are able to start to learn depends upon the instrument and the developmental stage of the child. As a rough guide, most of our music teaching begins around Y1. We actively encourage our children to get involved with music in some way throughout the school.
If your child would like to play an instrument,  or join the school choir please let us know in the office and we’ll speak to the teacher concerned and make sure that your child’s name is on a waiting list if places are not immediately available.  If you would like any further information about music tuition, please contact the office for more details.
We are currently experiencing an unprecedented situation with the rapidly changing advice and guidance around Covid-19. We would like to keep parents and carers as up to date as possible by directing them to the following means of information. The latest government advice can be found at The latest advice and guidance from the Local Authority can be found at Public Health England for the East Midlands information can be found as follows: PHE East Midlands response centre- Telephone 0344 2254524 followed by Option 0 to get through to East Midlands Health Protection Team, then press option 1 and ask for the Coronavirus response centre which opens from 8am-8pm.

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