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Music Lessons

A saxophone music lesson

More than 300 musical instrument lessons are currently scheduled each week on the full range of orchestral instruments, as well as piano, organ, classical guitar, electric guitars and singing.

Participation in musical activities is to be regarded as an essential component of musical tuition. Pupils taking music tuition are expected to join orchestras, bands, chamber ensembles and choirs, at appropriate standards, in order for pupils to develop fully their musicianship.

Pupils in the Fourth Form and below have their lessons during the academic timetable, scheduled on a rotating basis to avoid missing any particular subject more than others. However, if more than one instrument is learnt, the second (or third) will be fixed outside academic times. Pupils in the Fifth and Sixth Form take all their music lessons during free time or private study periods.

The current lesson charges (September 2024 - 2025) for instruments/singing are:

· One instrument: £38 per lesson
· Each additional instrument: £33 per lesson
· Use of a school instrument: £57 per term

We offer free instrumental hire for one year for rare breed instruments. Instruments included in this category are as follows:

  • Bassoon
  • Double Bass
  • Oboe
  • Trombone
  • Viola

Please note that if lessons are to be discontinued a full term’s notice should be given in writing to the Director of Music. Fees are charged in arrears and not in advance. If a pupil is unable to attend the scheduled lesson, then at least 48 hours notice is required which may then give the opportunity to rearrange.

All instrument cases must be clearly named and parents should ensure that instruments are insured under their own policy. Music should also be clearly named.

Whilst most lessons can be started immediately we do have a waiting list for some lessons so early submission of the online form below is strongly recommended.

Six Week Trial 

For those pupils wishing to try a new instrument at Dauntsey's, we offer the opportunity to sign up for a six week trial.  This allows pupils and parents six weeks to decide whether they wish to commit to lessons on an ongoing basis.  The lesson charges are the same for the six week trial.

A growing number of pupils go on to study music at GCSE and A level. Far from being a soft option, pupils master a challenging curriculum that encompasses the Western classical tradition through to the music of Cuba. Pupils are also required to compose and perform as a soloist and ensemble musician.