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Lessons in schools

We provide instrumental and vocal lessons to all state schools and academies in the county as well as some independent schools. We also offer National Curriculum class teaching.

For young people interested in taking part in instrumental lessons, start by talking to your school about the possibility. 

Information for Parents

What kind of lessons are available?

NMPAT offers schools the opportunity to provide instrumental lessons on a range of instruments: Strings, Brass, Woodwind, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboard and Voice. Tuition is not normally provided before Year 3, though some younger children may be suitable for Violin or recorder tuition. Most schools make a charge for this tuition which is payable by parents to the school.

All instrumental teaching staff are well qualified, experienced musicians who have been subject to a safer recruitment process and enhanced Criminal record check.

Teachers are regularly observed and receive training throughout the year to help them maintain and develop their teaching skills.

My school doesn't offer lessons on the instrument we want - what can we do?

To offer lessons with a specialist teacher at your local school, the Trust needs a formal request from the school and there would normally need to be at least 6 students committed to taking the lessons. If you contact your Headteacher they may be willing to see if other students are interested.  This would be a school decision as instrumental lessons are not a statutory requirement. 

 If your school is not able to offer the instrumental opportunities you require, please consider joining in with one of our Regional Music and Arts Centres or get in touch to find out about opportunities for individual lessons directly through the trust.

We can offer individual lessons outside of school hours. 

Do I need to buy an instrument?

All instruments are loaned free of charge for the first year. For students benefiting from an extended loan we ask parents to consider a voluntary hire fee of £20.00 per term to help cover the cost of instrument repair. Donation payments can be made at the Parent Pay Shop. Information about the purchase of Woodwind and Brass Instruments.

You would normally need to provide guitars and keyboards (some schools do carry a small stock of instruments, it may be worth asking at your school before you buy).

Loaned instruments

Parents are required to complete and sign a loan form taking responsibility for any instrument loaned to them.  If an instrument needs to be repaired, it must be handed back to the teacher who will arrange for this to be done. 

Parents should not make any arrangements for instruments to be repaired or attempt their own repairs.  Parents will be charged for the cost of a replacement instrument if it is lost or accidentally damaged, however minor damage incurred through fair wear and tear will not be charged for.

If you have been loaned an instrument, you will be asked to complete an instrument loan form:

What happens if a teacher misses a lesson?

Teachers are required to keep accurate records and sign in when they arrive at school. 

Lessons are delivered for 33 weeks across a school year, this gives 5 weeks when teachers can visit schools to make up any missed lessons. 

Where appropriate, schools are refunded for missed lessons at the end of the school year.

Information for Schools

Service Level Agreements for all schools will be circulated at the beginning of the Summer term for the following Academic Year.

Terms, Conditions and Expectations

For Terms and Conditions please see the Service Level Agreements, Conditions and Commitments page. You can also find out about the commitment needed from your child to get the best experience out of their music lessons.

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