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Primary Instrumental Programme Wind, Brass and Percussion

As part of our Primary Instrumental Programme, we offer young people in Primary 4 and 5 instrumental group lessons in woodwind, brass and percussion.

Overview

The programme is aimed at complete beginners and is open access with no need to audition.

All classes will take place on Sundays during term time with each participant receiving:

  •  a group instrumental lesson
  • a practical musicianship class
  • and an ensemble session where all participants will come together as part of our Concert Band!

Led by a team of professional music specialists, sessions are designed to introduce children to instrumental music-making, and practical musicianship through play-based learning and interactive activities designed to align with developmental milestones for your child.

Alongside the instrumental performance skills, participants will also develop skills in rhythm, pitch, coordination, and imagination all of which enhance and develop confidence, cognitive development, life skills, and confidence.

The important details

Application Deadline
12 June 2024

Taster Day
Sunday 16 June 2024, 2:30-4pm

Venue
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3DB

Term Dates
8 September 2024 - 15 June 2025

Time
Sundays, 10am-5pm

Cost
£1,015 for 30 weeks of tuition


Why study on the Primary Instrumental Programme?

The Junior Conservatoire (Music) has been teaching young musicians for more than 50 years here in the centre of Glasgow. We now have more than 350 young people travelling from across Scotland and the north of England every Saturday to access this renowned training programme and to work with our expert teachers.

Learning a musical instrument from an early age has so many benefits for young people and their development. This is a brilliant animation by Dr Anita Collins which provides a fascinating insight into the unique benefits.

Programme Structure

All classes take place on Sundays during term time at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Students attend a musicianship class (45 minutes), group instrumental lesson (30 minutes) and a Concert Band rehearsal (45 minutes) weekly.

Weekly instrumental lessons last 30 minutes each and will be delivered in small groups of up to 4 students.

As part of an introductory workshop, staff will work with students to identify and match them to the most suitable wind, brass, or percussion instrument to help support their musical development.

Each participant will be given an instrument at the start of the term. We offer group instrumental tuition to beginner students in Primary 4-5 in the following instruments:

  • Woodwind: flute, clarinet, saxophone
  • Brass: trumpet, trombone, French horn
  • Percussion (tuned and untuned)

Please note that we currently do not offer 1:1 tuition in woodwind, brass and percussion instruments.

All students attend a 45-minute musicianship class relevant to their school year. These courses are a compulsory part of the programme for each student.

Classes will explore a variety of skills: engaging children in aural, kinaesthetic, and cognitive learning and the practical content of sessions ensures that students develop a confident and competent understanding of each skill presented.

Each level has been carefully designed to help students realise their full potential for enjoying and understanding music as performers and listeners. Class sizes are capped to ensure the optimum learning environment and an enjoyable class experience for children in Primary 4 & 5.

In addition to a group instrumental lesson and practical musicianship class, each young person will also benefit from being part of our  Concert Band. The Concert Band will comprise all wind, brass and percussion students and forms an integral part of the Sunday activities.

The musical benefits of participating in an ensemble are innumerable with participants honing additional skills like playing together, accuracy in keeping beat, awareness of blend and balance of sound, intonation, and attention to detail when reading music. Beyond these benefits though, the most important thing is that playing in an ensemble is great fun!

 


Fees & Funding

Tuition fees

Fees for session 2024/25 are £1,015 for 30 weeks, and cover all classes within the programme:

  • group instrumental lesson
  • musicianship class
  • concert band

Fees can be paid in one lump sum at the beginning of the term or spread over the year in monthly instalments.

Please note that musicianship classes are a compulsory element of the Primary Instrumental Programme. All students receiving instrumental lessons must also attend the musicianship class appropriate to their school year.

Funding

We want to make the performing arts as accessible to everyone as possible. Anyone who faces financial barriers to participate in the Primary Instrumental Programme can apply for a bursary. As soon as you have received an offer of a place, you will be sent a link to the bursary form.

These funds are currently supported by the generosity of individuals and charitable trusts and foundations including:

  • James McAvoy Drama Scholarship
  • Agnes Allan Bursary
  • ABRSM Junior Scholarship UK
  • Wolfson Foundation Scholarship
  • Stevenson Scholarship
  • Miss Nancy Williamson Bursary
  • William R MacFarlane Scholarship
  • Savoy Scholarship
  • John McIntyre Memorial Scholarship

How to Apply

Applications for sessions 2024-25 are now open.

Please be advised that applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis if the programme is oversubscribed. Places on the programme are limited, and unfortunately, we are unable to guarantee that we can offer a place to every applicant.

 

Next Steps

Once you have completed your application form, if we are able to allocate a place to your young person, we will be in touch to invite you to attend our Taster Day for new students.

This will be held on Sunday 16 June 2024, 2:30-4pm, in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3DB). This session is free-of-charge for new applicants to the programme. At this session, students will attend an instrument workshop and will be matched to a suitable instrument by our specialist teaching staff.

Weekly classes will commence from Sunday 8 September 2024.

If we are unable to offer your young person a place on the programme, you will be added to our waiting list and we will contact you if a space becomes available.

Term Dates

8 September — 8 December 2024

Saturday, 6 January — Saturday, 16 March 2024

27 April — 15 June 2025

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about the Primary Instrumental Programme or our application process, please don’t hesitate to contact us:

PrimaryInstrumental@rcs.ac.uk