The Doncaster Music Service offers a carefully monitored service, which includes support to schools and professional instrumental teaching. The facilities and activities at the WILLIAM APPLEBY MUSIC CENTRE are designed to supplement and augment the school-based work.
- INSTRUMENTAL TEACHING IN PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS
- Qualified staff teach to all standards. There are specialist teachers of each instrument and/or family of instruments. Lessons are offered on guitar, recorder, piano, keyboard, voice, and the full range of orchestral and band instruments.
In the early stages, teaching is normally done in small groups, but advanced pupils, those playing minority instruments and those sitting examinations may be given more individual attention.
Instrumental teaching is generally carried out during school hours. Every effort is made to arrange classes so as to interfere as little as possible with schools' internal timetables.
Pupils taking lessons are expected to practise regularly, arrive punctually for lessons, provide music as required, and take care of musical instruments. There should be negligible conflict between homework and practice, since in most cases "a little and often" is the motto of the instrumentalist.
Pupils will be invited to join Music Centre orchestras, bands and other ensembles as soon as they reach the necessary standard.
Pupils can be prepared for a variety of examinations. These include the performance part of GCSE and A-level Music as well as the syllabuses of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and of Trinity College, London.
Staff plan lessons based on agreed guidelines, keep a record of pupils' work and attendance and provide annual reports to parents on progress. Parents' evenings are held, usually in April.
- WIDER OPPORTUNITIES at KS2
- The Music Service also provides whole class instrumental tuition, taking advantage of the special funding provided by the Government to work in this specialised way. Projects including String, Woodwind, Guitar, Brass and Samba lessons. Pupils have a weekly lesson of around one hour in which they begin to learn to play an instrument, free of charge, as well as developing their basic musical skills and singing ability.
Currently a number of our staff are invloved with a National specialised training program to aid their delivery of this kind of work.
- INSTRUMENTS TAUGHT
- Violin, viola, cello and double bass (the string family)
Traditionally, violin and viola tuition has started in Year 3 or Year 4, with cello and double bass a year later. Small size instruments are usually needed for these young players.
Piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and saxophone (the woodwind family)
Woodwind tuition usually starts in Year 4 or Year 5, as soon as a child has grown sufficiently to be able to handle the chosen instrument.
French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, cornet, flügel horn, tenor horn, baritone and euphonium (the brass family)
The choice of instruments for any one group has to be carefully considered if good progress is to be made. Brass tuition is also usually started in Year 4 or Year 5.
All students start on snare drum to Grade 1 standard and then may choose to develop a range of percussion disciplines such as timpani, tuned percussion and drum kit.
Taught in schools that have found resources to purchase their own set of pans, but schools can also request teaching time at the Music Centre on our own sets.
Classical guitar, electric guitar (including bass guitar)
Year 4 is the preferred time for starting lessons.
The recorder is very suitable for tuition in a classroom situation and is normally started around Year 2 or Year 3. Some children may show special talent and will therefore need small group or individual tuition to develop their potential.
Piano and keyboard
Piano is taught in lessons which are usually for one or two pupils at a time. Pianistic skills are a valuable asset in GCSE and A-level examinations.
Keyboard tuition is offered to pupils in small groups. Keyboard skills have become increasingly important in the National Curriculum in music in recent years.
- INSTRUMENT PURCHASE SCHEME
- Provided certain conditions are met, the Music Service is able to offer parents of pupils who are having instrumental lessons the opportunity to purchase new musical instruments at a discounted price and without VAT.
Since start of the scheme in June 1995, parents have bought over 4000 instruments, each costing only about two thirds of the list price. An application form is available from the William Appleby Music Centre office (tel: 01302 734810/734811), or you can download the form in PDF format to print off and fill in from here.
download VAT free form
list of suppliers
If you are wanting to sell (or buy) a used instrument, you can use our free web service to advertise your requirements.
- INSTRUMENT LOAN SCHEME FOR PUPILS
- To enable promising pupils to learn certain instruments, the cost of which might be beyond their parents' means, the Doncaster Music Service has a stock of instruments to lend to parents. This is done at the discretion of the Director of Music Services on the recommendations of peripatetic staff.
- SINGING LESSONS AND VOICE TUITION IN SCHOOLS
- The Music Service offers voice training for small groups of three or four children. These singing lessons enable the pupils to present 'voice' for GCSE music. In primary schools, an experienced teacher can take whole class or whole year group singing classes.
- EARLY YEARS MUSIC
- The introduction of music to Early Years settings is the Music Service's new pilot scheme during the 2010-2011 school year.
Four members of staff deliver to 22 settings with children ranging in age from 2 to 6 years old. Eighteen of these projects have been funded in the year 2010-2011 by the National Strategies ECAT scheme.
For further details and to take part in future projects, please contact Mrs Julie Latham using the details at the top of the page.
- MUSIC FOR PRE-SCHOOL AND INFANT SCHOOL CHILDREN
- 'Music Maker' sessions are offered to schools for Reception and Infant children. The sessions are fun and include singing, dancing, instrumental playing and play-acting. The children learn to enjoy music and movement.
- THEORY OF MUSIC CLASSES
- The Music Service offers Music Centre-based or school-based group tuition in music theory. Pupils are prepared, in the first instance, for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Grade 5 examination, and then for Grades 6, 7 and 8, where these are appropriate.
- LIVE MUSIC IN SCHOOLS
- MUSIC GROUP DIRECTORS
- The specialist help of an experienced instrumental teacher from the Service may be found invaluable in the directing of group work in schools.
Many teachers with the Music Service have wide experience as performers and conductors. It is possible to arrange for teachers from the Music Support Service to rehearse and direct school music ensembles during the day, at lunch time, and after school.
- CLASSROOM SUPPORT FOR MUSIC
- The Music Support Service offers classroom support for music. Schools, particularly those without a music specialist, may wish to buy in the services of an experienced classroom music teacher to help them meet the requirements of the National Curriculum in music.
- PIANISTS FOR CONCERTS/CLASSROOM SUPPORT
- The Music Service is able to offer an expert pianist to assist class teachers, help with concerts and their preparation, and support curricular activities such as singing.
- ADVICE AND SUPPORT FOR HEADS AND TEACHERS (INCLUDING INSET)
- An advisory service is available to schools on all matters concerning the delivery of music in schools including short-listing and interviewing.
Practical help is offered to teachers of music by the provision of INSET. This can be arranged to take place either at school or through centrally-based day courses at the William Appleby Music Centre.