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Private Music Tuition and Ensembles

Private Music Tuition and Ensembles

The College has a number of qualified and experienced Instrumental Tutors. Lessons are offered for the following instruments: piano, guitar, bass guitar, drum kit, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello and voice. Other instruments may be offered in response to student demand.

Instrumental Tutors provide a programme of 8 private lessons per term for students who wish to learn a musical instrument. All lessons are half an hour in duration. Lessons take place during school hours and parents enter into a direct agreement with the teacher concerned. Small group lessons are offered at the individual teacher’s discretion, according to age and ability. There will be a maximum of 32 lessons for the school year.

Students from Reception to Year 5 have a set lesson time each week. Students from Years 6-12 have a rotating timetable. Specific lesson times are to be negotiated with the Instrumental Tutor and the Music Coordinator and will be accommodated where possible.

A recommended age for students to commence instrumental lessons is in Year 2.


Cessation of Lessons

Lesson fees will be added to your College account at the commencement of each semester. Students wishing to cease lessons must inform their Instrumental Tutor and Music Coordinator in writing before the current term has ended.


Details

Student's First Name

Student's Surname

Parent's Name

Parent's Email

Parent's Phone


What instrument(s) do you play/wish to learn?

How many years experience do you have?


Private Instrumental Music Tuition

Who was your Instrumental Tutor last year?

Please indicate if you would prefer individual or paired lessons


Music Ensembles

All students are encouraged to be part of a school band, choir, or other official school ensemble upon reaching the required standard.

Please select the ensemble(s) you wish to participate in:

Other ensembles may be offered throughout the year in response to student demand and experience.

It is expected that students commit to their ensemble’s performances and weekly rehearsals for at least one semester. There will be a charge of $20 per ensemble debited to your school account for each semester (except for the Festival Choir, which will be $30 to cover the three terms).


Mercedes College Music 2018 Terms and Conditions

Instrumental Lessons

The College has a number of qualified and experienced Instrumental Tutors. Lessons are offered for the following instruments: piano, guitar, bass guitar, drum kit / percussion, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello and voice. Other instruments may be offered in response to student demand.

Instrumental Tutors provide a programme of 8 lessons per term (on average), with a maximum of 32 lessons for the school year. All lessons are half an hour in duration and take place during school hours. Paired lessons are offered on selected instruments, according to student ability and availability, and in consultation with the Music Coordinator.

Students in Years R-5 have a set lesson time each week. Where practical, students from Years 6-12 have a rotating timetable and are expected to attend lessons punctually. Specific lesson times are to be negotiated with the Instrumental Tutor and Music Coordinator, and will be accommodated where possible. The recommended year level for students to commence instrumental lessons is from Year 2.

Tuition Fees

The costs for instrumental lessons for 2018 are:

  • Individual lessons $32.00
  • Paired lessons $17.00 

Tuition fees will be added to your College Account at the start of each semester.

Students are expected to commit to instrumental lessons for the duration of the term. For students to have the maximum opportunity for success, it is recommended that lessons are continued for at least one semester.

Cessation of Lessons

Once enrolled, students are committed to completing a full term of tuition. If a student wishes to cease learning their instrument then contact must be made in writing to the Instrumental Tutor and the Music Coordinator before the term’s end. Unless notification is given, all instrumental lessons will automatically roll over to the next term, and a term’s commitment again applies. 

Upon cessation, all College hired instruments must be returned by the end of term, otherwise charges may apply. It is encouraged that all students commit to learning their instrument for at least one semester, so every opportunity for progress can be given.

Instrument Hire & Accessories and Classroom Instrumental Programmes

Instrument hire will only be available through the College for students participating in the Year 3 and Year 6 Classroom Instrumental Programmes. Students wishing to hire an instrument for individual or shared lessons must go through an external provider. Students who wish to purchase their own instrument should buy a recognised brand, ensuring it is of adequate suitability. Please contact your child’s Instrumental Tutor or the Music Department for advice.

Classroom Instrumental Programmes: Students in Years 3 will have the Strings Programme fee added to their College account at the start of the year. For students in Year 6, the cost of the Band Immersion Programme is part of the Student Levy.

Accessories: All students are expected to provide their own guitar picks, reeds, strings and any other required accessories. In case of breakage where a student requires a working instrument for a lesson or performance, some accessories are available for purchase from the Music Department for an at cost price,

Instrument Storage and Maintenance

When brought to school, instruments are the responsibility of the student (both privately owned/hired or hired through the College). Where possible instruments should be kept in the provided storage areas located in both the Junior (Strathspey) and Senior (John MacDonald Music Centre) music areas. Students are discouraged from storing their instruments in the classroom or locker areas.

Instrument Insurance and Liability

Privately owned instruments should be privately insured. All instruments should have the student’s name and address clearly visible on the case, and where practicable, on the instrument. We encourage families to keep a record of the instrument serial number, whether owned or hired. The College does not provide insurance for the loss or damage to any items that do not belong to the College. This includes but is not limited to, negligence, instruments left on the College premises, and instruments hired through the Year 3 and Year 6 Classroom Programmes.

The student and parent are responsible, and must pay, for any damage to College hired instruments, and any damage must be reported immediately to the Music Coordinator.

Student Expectations

Students are expected to attend all scheduled instrumental lessons on time. Students need to bring their instrument (where appropriate), music and an instrumental diary to each lesson. If a student has forgotten their instrument then they are still required to turn up to their lesson.

Student Absence

Absences without prior notification will not be made up or credited unless there are extenuating circumstances (e.g. long term illness or long term vacation). It is the student’s (and parent/caregiver’s) responsibility to inform the Instrumental Tutor of any known absences, including school activities, tests, exams, excursions, camps etc. In the case of student absence from school on the day of an instrumental lesson it is imperative that the Instrumental Tutor be contacted via their preferred method of communication at the earliest possible convenience.

Contact Information

Instrumental Tutors will communicate with parents/caregivers, and provide their personal contact details prior to the first lesson. Parents should advise their child’s Instrumental Tutor regarding known absences. The Music Coordinator will retain a copy of each Instrumental Form and will forward contact details of new students onto the appropriate Instrumental Tutor.

Instrumental Diary

Every student is encouraged to purchase a Music Diary, or a suitable alternative. This diary is to be brought to every lesson, as it is an important communication and record-keeping tool.

Practice

A recommended practice routine of around 10-20 minutes per day is encouraged during the first year of tuition and, where practicable, 30 minutes per day subsequently. Your Instrumental Tutor will provide advice on how to best structure practice sessions.

Use of Practice Rooms During School Hours

Students are not permitted to use the practice rooms or classrooms for private practice during school hours (including before and after school) unless they are properly supervised and consent is obtained by the Music Department Staff.

Semester Reports

The Instrumental Tutor will complete a written report on each student’s progress at the end of each semester.

Agreement

All students who undertake instrumental tuition are required to complete this form before instrumental lessons can be arranged. Parents are asked to read and fully understand the information on this page before lessons can commence.

By submitting this form, you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions herewith.