Berkswich CE offers a number of instrument lessons for children from Year Three to Year Six. Currently, these include flute, clarinet, guitar, violin, cornet and trumpet. All children in Year Three and Year Four learn to play the recorder, which builds confidence and develops many of the fundamental skills needed when playing an instrument. Children who attend Walton after leaving Berkswich are asked by the music department to continue with the recorder in Year Seven.
Through the year, children have visits from music teachers and musicians to talk about playing a range of instruments and demonstrate the joys of learning a particular one. Those receiving lessons also have the opportunity to play in front of small or larger audiences. Listening to others relish their learning inspires others in school to learn too.
If your child would like to learn an instrument in school, then please contact the school office for more information. At the end of Year Two, children receive information about tasters and lessons ready to start in Year Three. Payment is asked for a year in advance to ensure that these extra-curricular lessons continue to be made possible in school. Please refer to the school's charging policy on the website for further information about music tuition payment terms and conditions. Recorder lessons are provided in Year Three and Year Four as part of our music curriculum at no charge to parents; recorders are provided by school to ensure that every child has access to the enjoyment and satisfaction that learning an instrument offers.
If you child receives lessons outside of school, we ask that you let Mrs Joint know, via your child's class teacher, so that he or she can also be invited to take part in collaborations, performances and ensembles, and so that we can provide support and celebrate all musical achievements in school.
Is your child is interested in an instrument for which there is currently no provision for in school? Please contact Mrs Joint who will look into the possibility of tuition.
Continuing into high school...
When the children in Year Six transition to high school, tuition can usually be continued. For those going to Walton, they receive a letter from Walton asking for parents to register their interest in lessons - either to continue those started or to start for the first time. An example of the letter sent out can be viewed below...