Instrumental and Theory Lessons

  What Instrument?  
 What instrument should I play? 
  • We at the PBCMS recommend that your child learns about the different instruments by watching concerts and listening to music. A great start is Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf", a musical story introducing children to the instruments of the orchestra; click the arrow to the right for a performance by PBCMS staff,children and friends.

  Progression to groups  
 Progression to groups 
  • When your child has a basic foundation in their instrument (about grade 1 standard) and reading simple notation, they will be expected to join one of our groups. This is essential training that cannot be covered one-to-one. It is also great fun and will keep your child interested and motivated. Many children make friends for life, bonded by love of music.

 Violin and Viola 
 Violin and Viola 
  • Our new violin teacher Samuel Scheer is a graduate of Owen's School and The Royal College of Music. He is available to teach children from the very start aged 6+, up to grade 8. Advice on which instrument is suitable for your child's age will be given. We discourage buying instruments without this specialist advice.
    Please email admin@pbcms.org.uk for cost and availability of lesson times. All lessons will be between 8.45 and 11.45 on Saturdays.

 Wind Instruments 
 Wind Instruments 
  • Our very experienced wind teacher, Mrs Jacky Dwyer, offers Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, Bassoon and Oboe. She is available to teach children from the very start aged 6+, up to grade 8. Advice on which instrument is suitable for your child's age will be given. We discourage buying instruments without this specialist advice.
    Please email admin@pbcms.org.uk for cost and availability of lesson times. All lessons will be between 8.45 and 11.45 on Saturdays.

 Brass Instruments 
 Brass Instruments 
  • Our new brass teacher Jonathan Munn is a graduate of Chancellor's School and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music. He is available to teach children from the very start up to grade 8. Advice on which instrument is suitable for your child's age will be given. We discourage buying instruments without this specialist advice.
    Please email admin@pbcms.org.uk for cost and availability of lesson times. All lessons will be between 8.45 and 11.45 on Saturdays.

 Piano 
 Piano 
  • Our Piano teacher, Gareth Hunt, also teaches at Dame Alice Owen's school and the Purcell school. Lessons are with the understanding that the child has a suitable instrument at home to practise on daily between lessons.
    Please email admin@pbcms.org.uk for cost and availability of lesson times. All lessons will be between 8.45 and 11.45 on Saturdays.

 Theory Lessons 
 Theory Lessons 
  • 8:45am to 11:45am in half hour slots. This is subject to a waiting list. Pupils have individual half hour lessons and take grade 5 ABRSM exam when they are ready.

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  Concert Photos  
 Concert Photos 
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Typically, there are 30 sessions (Saturdays) each academic year – 10 per term.

Cost of lessons is subject to teacher.

Parents will be invoiced termly. Payment should be made within the first half term.

Any children in receipt of free school meals or are in receipt of the pupil premium are eligible for free or discounted lessons, subject to agreement with the committee.

In normal circumstances, half a term's notice is required to discontinue lessons.

Sessions missed are still charged at the normal rate.