Flintshire Music Service is delivered as a partnership between schools, peripatetic music tutors, pupils, parents, and Flintshire County Council. It is committed to providing high quality music tuition across the full range of instruments and voice and involves a team of well qualified, professional, specialist musicians who deliver tuition in the schools and direct and tutor County Music ensembles at the County Music School. The Service is also committed to providing a comprehensive range of additional benefits and opportunities in order to meet the needs and aspirations of learners and contribute to the musical and cultural life of Flintshire and its schools.
Five reasons why you/your child should learn to sing or play a musical instrument?
- It improves literacy and numeracy and develops learning skills
- It boosts pupil and social development
- It encourages creativity
- It fosters team working
- It is FUN and for EVERYONE
Here are a couple of links with more information about why learning a musical instrument is fun and good for you!
Effective Music Teaching
Flintshire Music Service has a Service Level Agreement (SLA) with each school. Schools will be offered a menu of services, which will include:
- Small group tuition
- Large group tuition
- Individual tuition
- Whole class PPA cover for Primary schools, delivered by QTS staff.
- Directing / tutoring school orchestras, bands, choirs and ensembles
- Providing piano accompaniment for assemblies, examinations, concerts etc…
- Providing live orchestral/ensemble performances for schools
- Instrumental support for concerts
- Aural training for ABRSM exams
- ABRSM Theory training up to Grade 5
The range of instruments offered for tuition by the Music Service are:
- STRINGS - (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass)
- BRASS - (Cornet, Trumpet, Trombone, Tenor Horn, Baritone, Euphonium, Tuba, French Horn)
- WOODWIND - (Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Bassoon)
- PERCUSSION - (Drum Kit, Timpani, Tuned Percussion)
- GUITAR - (Classical, Electric, Bass)
- PIANO/ KEYBOARD
The Music Service will continue to operate an Instrument Loan Scheme, whereby a learner is able to borrow a county instrument for up to two years for an annual maintenance fee of £25. (NB Harps, Guitars, Pianos and Percussion are not available through this scheme.) The maintenance fee applies to all learners; including those registered for free school meals.
Schools will select and control the range of services they wish to receive on an annual basis.
All tuition fees are made directly to schools and the level of charge for the lessons is at the school’s discretion.
NB The charge for instrument maintenance is payable to Flintshire Music Service and not schools.
The Music School presently provides progression and performance opportunities for around 500 learners in choirs, string orchestras, windbands, jazz orchestra and guitar and harp ensembles. Learners have access to weekly rehearsals from 4.00 – 5.30pm, under the direction of specialist conductors and tutors from the Music Service.
As you are probably aware, Flintshire Music Service has had a cut of 33% to its central budget this year. In order to balance the budget a number of operational efficiencies have been made and it has also been necessary to introduce a charge for all pupils to attend Music School. This year the charge will be £90 (approximately £3 per hour and a half session) and will be collected in two parts; at the beginning of the academic year for existing members and in January for new members in the Training ensembles. All pupils within Flintshire have access to Music School once the required standard has been reached. The charge will be £150 for those learners not having lessons with Flintshire Music Service. Flintshire Music Service will administer this charge.
Members may also be provided with access to workshops, masterclasses, exciting annual concert performances, National and International competitions, TV and media recording work and high profile European concert tours.
Transport to the Music Centre in Mold will still be provided free of charge.
Coaches are arranged from all the High Schools to the Music Centres in Mold on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Music Service - Application form
Individual annual pupil reports will be prepared by tutors either at the end of the Summer Term, or in line with school’s reporting policy and timings. In addition, parents will be invited to attend a parent’s evening, where they will have the opportunity to meet their child’s instrumental/vocal teacher and discuss their child’s progress.
The Music Service organise and administrate three ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) exam sessions during the academic year, with normally one each term.
14/11/2016 - 18/11/2016
13/03/2017 - 17/03/2017
26/06/2017 - 30/06/2017
These external instrumental/vocal exams enable learners to take graded music examinations from 1 to 8. They are nationally recognised qualifications and grades 6 -8 are also awarded UCAS points which can be used for University entrance.
The exam sessions are held at Glanrafon Youth Centre, and all musicians have access to an official accompanist during the exam and a rehearsal prior to the exam. Examination and accompanist fees are funded by parents/guardians
During the first week of the new academic year in September, schools will receive an annual planner from the Music Service. This will provide you with all the Music School rehearsal dates, locations and timings for the whole year, together with details of the transport arrangements from the twelve High schools. The planner will also provide early notification of the Music School concert dates and the Parent’s Evening dates. Music School pupils are also provided with a copy of the planner.
Music Service tutors become part of school staff when they are working in your school, so please discuss any issues or concerns you may have with the relevant tutor in the first instance. However, if matters are not resolved please contact the Music Service Manager.
To arrange music tuition for your child you need to contact your school who will then arrange with the Music Service.
Music Service Manager
Music Service Admin Officer