Like other schools in BANES, St Stephen’s makes use of the local authority’s peripatetic music service, which offers children the opportunity to learn to play a variety of musical instruments during school hours.
At present the school has over 80 pupils being taught by visiting peripatetic instrumental teachers. In Year 2, children can learn learn either the violin or the keyboard/piano. In Year 3, other instruments offered are guitar, saxaphone, flute, clarinet, oboe and cello, as well as singing.
You can choose between either shared lessons lasting approximately 20 minutes, or individual lessons lasting 15 or 30 minutes. The cost is currently as follows: £68.00 per term for shared tuition; or £80.00 for 15 minutes individual tuition, and £160.00 for 30 minutes. There is a 50 per cent concession if you are eligible for free school meals.
Parents apply for lessons directly to the Music Service which will then pass on your requests to the individual teachers, who can work out their timetables prior to coming into school. They will let you know directly when your child’s lesson is, and you will also be able to inform them if your child is unable to make a lesson.
If your child wishes to learn an instrument other than those mentioned, it is worthwhile making a request as the Music Service has teachers for most instruments. If you have problems, Mrs Jill Holland is always willing to help.