The Music Department offers individual lessons on a number of instruments. Each student will be given a lesson time agreed upon by the class teacher (in the Lower School), the relative school heads, the instrumental teacher and the Music Department Head (Mr. Biggs). Most students in Years 7 – 9 will have to rotate their lesson times across the school week (as is common practice in the UK).
**classes may be available depending on request
Lessons are usually 40 minutes in duration unless the school timetable prevents this. Each 40 minute lesson costs 30 euros. (If necessary other lesson lengths will be charged in proportion.)
As before some instruments (not piano) are available for hire on the termly charge of Euro 50.00. Please contact Mr. Biggs or the instrument teacher for further information.
IMPORTANT CHANGE – please read carefully
1) Once a lesson time has been allocated all lessons will be charged.
2) If the teacher is absent a substitute teacher will be organised or the time made up.
3) If a school event prevents the lesson happening the lesson will not be charged.
4) All other absences – for family and/or personal reasons - will be charged. If a student is sick and misses a lesson the teacher will try to make it up, but this may not always be possible and cannot be expected automatically.
Important Advice for parents of Lower School children (especially Year 3 or below).
Starting an instrument at a very young age needs careful consideration. Whilst the Suzuki violin course is specially designed for younger children, other one-to-one instrumental lessons have different implications.
Children will need to be followed AT HOME by parents on a regular basis. If interest flags after a time there is a great risk that the child loses interest, drops the instrument and never returns to it. Many a musical child has started too early and sadly suffered this fate.
I recommend the following points to be considered and asked:
First lesson procedures
After about 2/3 weeks each student will receive a letter with their time, day, teacher’s name and room location. Teachers’ contact details will also be given for parents. Not all the lessons will start at the same time so don’t be alarmed if some have started and others not. For various reasons some instruments may start later.
All students taking lessons will be billed at the standard billing times throughout the year (three in total). Payment for the June lessons will be anticipated in May though some adjustments (a “conguaglio”) may be required later.
An instrumental report will be given out at the end of each term. Every pupil should have a note book and/or manuscript book for practice requirements and weekly messages from the teacher. Parents are encouraged to contact teachers. There will be a mid-year questionnaire for parental feedback. With prior mutual agreement, parents may wish to attend an instrumental lesson to meet the teacher. Any beginner of any age will get a ‘quick’ report from the teacher after 5 lessons.
Practising and Performing
Parents are expected to supervise this, particularly with the younger children. Pupils are expected to practise every day, (beginners doing at least 15 minutes). Pupils are required to take part in group work when considered sufficiently advanced, as well as instrumental concerts each year in which pupils will perform - i.e. in String Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra etc. It cannot be over-stressed how important this involvement in group music-making is.
The school is a Centre for the examinations of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (see www.abrsm.org). An examiner comes to the school twice a year (November and June) and when a teacher considers a student to be ready to take an instrumental exam the parents will be informed and asked to help ensure serious preparation.
Stopping lessons during the year.
Parents are reminded that teachers require half a term’s notice if the student is to stop his/her lessons once timetabled. This will not include young beginners who may be deemed too young after 5 lessons (see above).
Books, music and photocopies.
Wherever possible students should have real music and not just a selection of loose photocopies. I realise that some will be necessary but real music gives the student a sense of pride and seriousness. ABRSM examiners are told to exclude from the exam students entering with photocopies. Although it is not always possible to buy everything, standard volumes and repertoire should be considered an investment.
Please see the contact address of MITAROTONDA at the bottom of this page. They also supply all ABRSM material and have a wide selection of music for all instruments.
Hiring of instruments and music shops in Milan.
The school has some instruments available for hire. The teacher can organise this.
Pianos can be hired from Mitarotonda (see below) and the guitar teachers can give advice about guitars (which are as cheap to buy as rent).
Others shops (see below) have other options including rentals and music.
MITAROTONDA: Via Corridoni 37, 20122 MI Tel: 0276002858 / 02 76006511
ACCORDI: via Maddalena 3, 20122 Milano Tel. 02 86998460
BOSONI: Corso Monforte 50 (tel02 780362) or Piazza Tricolore, 2 (tel 02 76023048)
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