To supplement 1-1 lessons, from September 2018 all students will have the opportunity, and are encouraged to join an ensemble of their choosing for an hour a week throughout the school year. This need not be on their primary instrument, the idea being to gain experience with regard the dynamic of performance in a group setting, to enhance well rounded musical development, hone listening, rhythm and awareness. Playing together in groups promotes listening, unity and musicianship, allowing the pupil to apply the technical skills learned in their instrumental tuition to group practice and performance. Attendance is at the initiative of the pupil/parent and teachers will recommend a suitable ensemble for every student.
Offerings will include Percussion Ensemble, Rock Band, Boomwhackers, Vocal Choir, Duo, Trio & Quartet, with ensemble classes running weekdays and Band / Choir on Saturday afternoon. To enable us to do this, we are adding a contribution of 90 euro for the year to each invoice, which will cover the cost of staffing 30 weeks of ensemble training by one of our specialists, thus adding an extra 30 hours of tuition on top of your weekly instrumental lesson.
The compulsory contribution is set at the minimum needed to cover staffing costs and everyone is encouraged to take full advantage of this exciting new opportunity it will provide.