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The fingers of a student on an acoustic guitarInspiring Music offers high quality, reliable music tuition to schools, parents and the wider community across Central Bedfordshire.

As well as being GREAT FUN, research shows that learning a musical instrument supports children in lots of ways.

♪ Speech
♪ Numeracy
♪ Literacy
♪ Social skills
♪ Self-confidence
♪ Self-expression

Signing up for lessons

At middle and upper school, lessons are offered on strings, brass, woodwind, keyboards, guitar, drum kit and percussion instruments. In lower schools, children generally start learning from Year 3 onwards and the range of suitable instruments for the age group is more restricted. Please contact us or the music coordinator at your school to find out what is on offer.

Brass (639kb, PDF)
Cello or Double Bass (831kb, PDF)
Clarinet or Saxophone (537kb, PDF)
Flute (582kb, PDF)
Guitar (610kb, PDF)
Keyboard or Piano (897kb, PDF)
Oboe or Bassoon (492kb, PDF)
Percussion (602kb, PDF)
Vocal                                                                                                                                                                                             Violin or Viola (549kb, PDF)

All our teachers will be happy to demonstrate the instruments they teach, explain how they are played and give prospective students a chance to have a go before making a decision. They will also assess them to ensure they are physically comfortable with the instrument of their choice.

From April 2014, the fees for music lessons in Central Bedfordshire start from:

  • Group lessons:  £88.60 (if paying by direct debit)
  • Individual 20 minute lesson:  £133.10 (if paying by direct debit)

You can find the full list of  fees and charges for all group, individual and music centre lessons in the attached table.  Please note: paying by direct debit attracts a 2% discount.

Discounted or free lessons

If your child is eligible for free school meals, you may qualify for a reduction of up to 50 per cent on your music tuition fees. For further information, please read the Remissions letter (127kb, DOC) . To apply, download the  Remissions Application ( 135kb, DOC). You must  return the application form within seven days of enrolment to receive the discount.

If you are fostering or looking after a child who is in local authority care, they will be entitled to free lessons in school and the free loan of a musical instrument. You must provide details of the child’s social worker and contact details.  Failure to provide this information will result in lessons being charged at full cost.

If your child is eligible for free school meals you may qualify for a reduction of up to 50 per cent on your music tuition invoices. Please see the Remissions Letter (127kb, DOC) for more details and the Remission Application ( 135kb, DOC). You must  apply within seven days of enrolment to receive the discount.

If you are fostering or looking after a child who is in local authority care, they will be entitled to free lessons in school and the free loan of a musical instrument. You must provide details of the child’s social worker and contact details.  Failure to provide this information will result in lessons being charged at full cost.

The Awards for Young Musicians also helps young musicians aged 5 - 17 with exceptional potential who are struggling with their musical costs.  Annual awards between £200 and £2000 can help with costs such as tuition, instruments, courses, travel and individual support.    To find out if you're eligible, visit their website www.a-y-m.org.uk.   (Please note the Award for Young Musicians is not part of Insiring Music or Central Bedfordshire Council.

Most lessons will be delivered each week at your child’s school by a member of Inspiring Music’s teaching team and last 20 – 30 minutes depending on the size of the group. Schools and instrumental teachers will often arrange rotating timetables to ensure that pupils do not miss the same class lesson each week. Some teaching may also take place at the end of the school day, or at area Music Centres. Guitar and keyboard classes are also available at our four Music Centres on Saturday mornings during term time.

In the initial stages of learning, lessons are usually delivered in a group setting. As your child progresses, especially in middle and upper schools, lessons may also be provided on an individual basis.

There are designated teaching weeks and make-up weeks if a teacher is unavoidably absent. Open the Calendar (53kb, DOC) to view the teaching weeks.

 

Before starting lessons, all children should meet the teacher to try out the instrument and see if it suits them.  There’s no commitment at this stage, just the chance to find out more.

Email us at inspiringmusic@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk with your child’s name, school and preferred instrument. We will set up a free first meeting and assessment for your child with our teacher at school.

Or talk to the music coordinator at school. They will explain the instruments available and contact us to arrange the assessment.

What happens next?

After the assessment, the teacher provides an instruction sheet to your child with the teacher’s name and lesson type. To start lessons, you will need to register your child online or call us.  You will also need to agree to the Terms and Conditions (41kb, DOC)

Meet

Before starting lessons, all children should meet the teacher to try out the instrument and see if it suits them.  There’s no commitment at this stage, just the chance to find out more. Email us at inspiring.music@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk with your child’s name, school and preferred instrument. We will set up a free first meeting for your child with our teacher at school. Alternatively  talk to the music coordinator at school. They will explain the instruments available and contact us to arrange the meeting.

Apply

After the meeting, the teacher provides an application form. Fill out the application form and return the application form to the music teacher your child received it from.

Assess 

The teacher will then be in contact with you to arrange a convenient time for your child to be assessed. After your child has been assessed, your teacher will provide your child with an information sheet with the name of the teacher, the instrument and whether it will be a group or individual lesson.

Enrol 

You are now ready to enrol your child to begin lessons! You can enrol your child via the online portal or call us to enrol over the phone on 0300 300 6563. You will also need to agree to the Terms and Conditions

String, brass, and most woodwind instruments can usually be loaned to beginners FREE OF CHARGE for at least the first two years of learning, although we are happy to teach students on their own instruments from the outset.

We are not able to provide pianos, keyboards, percussion instruments or guitars.

If a shortage of a particular instrument is delaying the start of lessons, our instrumental teachers will always be happy to give parents professional guidance and advice on hiring instruments.

We would always recommend hiring instruments from local instrumental retailers rather than buying during the first term or so of lessons. Second-hand ‘bargains’ may not always be a good investment.

If you want to buy an instrument for your child, Inspiring Music offers an Assisted Instrument Purchase scheme. You can ask your child’s music teacher about this or click on the link below

Assisted instrument purchase information leaflet (954kb, DOC)
Assisted instrument purchase order form (950kb, DOC)