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Instrumental Lessons at UCL Academy

Instrumental lessons are offered at the academy in association with Camden Music Service.  These are delivered either in small groups or individually by specialist instrumental tutors.

What instruments can my child learn?

At UCL Academy we currently offer tuition on:

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double Bass
  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Tuba/Euphonium
  • French horn/Tenor Horn/Baritone
  • Keyboard/Piano
  • Guitar
  • Drum kit
  • Singing

Will my child need an instrument?

Yes, because to succeed children need to practise between lessons. Camden Music Service has a stock of instruments available for hire at very reasonable cost. See www.camden.gov.uk/musicservice for more information.  Unfortunately we are not able to hire pianos, keyboards or drum kits.

If you would like to buy an instrument we can help through our Instrumental Purchase Scheme which lets you buy a brand new instrument at a greatly reduced price, and on a 12-month interest-free repayment scheme.

What will it cost?

The following fees are based on ten lessons during one Academy term:

Ten shared 30 minute lessons           £75:00 per term

Ten individual 30 minute lessons     £150.00 per term

How do I pay?

Please do not send any money with this form.

The Music Service will send you an invoice before the start of term. Lessons will only start once you have paid.  Payment may be made by postal order, cheque and most credit or debit cards.  Telephone payments may be made on 020 7974 7239 or 020 7974 7232.

Is any financial help available?

Subsidised tuition of is available for children eligible for Free School Meals at a rate of 50%.  Subsidy is provided by the school and is subject to availability. If you are intending to apply for subsidised lessons you should contact Emily Dydymska, Head of Music at UCL, at the time of application.

Pupils taking GCSE Music or A/AS level Music exam courses at the school are also be eligible for subsidised lessons.

When and where will lessons take place?

Most instrumental lessons take place during the school day which means that pupils leave a classroom lesson for a short period. The Music Department will rotate lesson times to minimise any disruption to your child’s studies and lesson timetables are displayed on the Music Department noticeboard.

Sometimes it is possible to arrange lessons after the end of the school day. Contact the Music Department for further details.

What types of lessons are there?

We offer shared or individual lessons.

Shared lessons

  • Ideal for beginners
  • Children learn from each other and have the opportunity to play together, and excellent preparation for playing in ensembles later
  • Children who start in a group can change to individual lessons later
  • Individual lessons
  • Ideal for children who benefit from individual attention
  • Better for children who are easily distracted
  • Any sense of competition is reduced
  • Easier to arrange a lesson to suit the needs of the child

What about when we want to stop?

We will invoice you for the next term’s lessons shortly after half term. If you don’t want to continue, please let us know by ticking the ‘stop lessons’ box and sending it back to us. Lessons are booked for a term at a time and it is not usually possible to stop lessons part way through a term.

How do I apply?

Complete the application form available here

Return to CAMDEN MUSIC SERVICE (Do not send any money with your form)

We will send you an invoice when a lesson is available. Your child’s lesson will not start until you pay.

Instrumental lesson form

Instrumental hire form