Instrumental Teaching

At Withington we offer a wide range of Instrumental Lessons for our girls. At present, the following lessons are available:

Piano Clarinet Viola Voice
Cello Saxophone Violin Harp
Flute Brass Guitar Oboe
Percussion

Our well-established Instrumental Tuition Programme is provided by our enthusiastic and committed team of peripatetic teachers. We are very lucky at Withington to have such accomplished and high-calibre musicians who are excellent role models, as they juggle their professional performances and teaching with such inspiration to our budding musicians. Under their care and attention, the musical talents of the girls are nurtured and guided as they prepare for Associated Board of the Royal School of Music exams, music festivals, auditions, GCSE and A-level performances.

The instrumental staff also present at least two Informal Recitals, in which the girls are encouraged to perform, demonstrating their achievements thus far – and practising the art of performance. A life skill in itself!

Music is a hobby for a lifetime and provides our girls with many happy memories and friendships, all shared through the universal language of music.

Instrumental lessons are timetabled to take place between 8.20am and 3.40pm and are rotated so that pupils do not miss the same lesson each week.  The teachers undertake to teach 30 lessons in the course of the school year, spread as evenly as possible over the three terms. In practice this means that usually 12 lessons are taught in the Autumn Term, 10 in the Spring Term and 8 in the Summer which takes account of the differing lengths of term, the occasional Bank Holiday, special school days and examinations.

It is hoped that all pupils will enjoy their lessons and all are encouraged to take part in one of the large musical groups that exist at all levels in the School.

 

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