Encore! music lessons

What is Encore!?

Encore! is the name of the instrumental and vocal music teaching provision at Harrogate Grammar School. It has been especially designed to provide an easy transition for all students to continue with or start instrumental and/or vocal lessons from primary school upwards.

Who is eligible for lessons?

Any student is eligible for instrumental and/or vocal lessons. You do not have to have had previous music lessons elsewhere, or be particularly gifted at music to take part. Our emphasis is on providing quality tuition for all year groups and all standards of students. If you have always wanted to try your hand at playing something or singing, have a go!

Which instruments can I learn?

Encore! can offer tuition on the following instruments & voices:

 Vocals
 Woodwind Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone, Recorder
 Brass Cornet, Trumpet, Tenor Horn, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
 Strings Violin, Viola, ‘Cello, Double Bass
 Percussion Drum Kit & Tuned Percussion including Timpani & Glockenspiel
 Guitar Acoustic, Classical, Electric & Bass
 Piano Classical & Jazz
 Drama LAMDA Drama

Who are the lessons with?

We have selected a group of talented professional musicians and teachers to work in partnership with us that are committed to raising the profile of music here at Harrogate Grammar School. They will enhance the Music curriculum through demonstrations, recitals, talks and workshops on working in various fields of the music business. They all undergo an enhanced DBS check before starting work.

When do the lessons take place?

Lessons take place during the normal school day (8.35am until 3.30pm) and will be timetabled so that minimal disruption is caused to your normal school timetable. In most circumstances you will not miss part of the same school lesson more than twice during the same half-term. All students will have access to their teachers Showbie Encore class to view timetables on their iPad. A copy will also be on display outside the Music Office. All lessons take place within the music department.

How do I know that I will enjoy it?

All our music teachers will demonstrate the instruments to you and will give you the opportunity to have a go! You sign up for lessons on a termly basis and may stop at the end of any term.

What if I do not have my own instrument?

HGS own a large number of instruments that are available for loan to students who are taking lessons with Encore! Please ask us for more details on the availability of specific instruments. Loan periods may need to be capped to allow more students to start particular instruments and loan prices reflect the value of the individual instrument. You might like to buy your own instrument and HGS has access to greatly reduced prices through the “Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme”. Please ask at the Music Office for more details. A word of advice, the cheapest instruments do not always offer the greatest opportunities for learning. If in doubt, ask the instrumental teacher first, who will be able to give buying advice.

How much does it cost?

We offer two lesson lengths – 20 minutes at £11.25 per lesson or 30 minutes at £16.75 per lesson – and fees are payable a term in advance. All lessons are on a one-to-one basis.  There is no difference in price to study different instruments.

How is it paid for?

Payment is required termly in advance via LunchPal

We get free school meals – will we get a discount on the cost?

Students eligible for Free School Meals will be entitled to a 75% discount on 20 minute lessons for one instrument only. Please see details below about applying for your discount code to use when purchasing this option)

Should a student not meet the attendance or behaviour requirements during any one term the school reserves the right to withhold this discount option for the following term, reinstating this discount if attendance or behaviour improves.

What about discounts for other benefit recipients?

Parents/carers in receipt of Working Tax Credit at the time of payment will be entitled to a 40% discount on the cheapest set of lessons for that term. Please see details below about applying for your discount code to use when purchasing this option).

Should a student not meet the attendance or behaviour requirements during any one term the school reserves the right to withhold this discount option for the following term, reinstating this discount if attendance or behaviour improves.

I need to learn an instrument for my GCSE/A-Level/BTEC music course – do we get any help with fees?

Yes, students taking any of these three courses are entitled to a 40% discount on the cheapest set of lessons for the first 5 terms of the course subject to satisfactory attendance and behaviour.  This discount can only be given on the instrument assessed for the course being studied and is only applicable to full priced lessons.  Only one discount per student is allowed (ie, you cannot apply for a GCSE discount AND a Working Tax Credit or FSM discount in any one term).  Should a student not meet the attendance or behaviour requirements during any one term the school reserves the right to withhold this discount option for the following term, reinstating this discount if attendance or behaviour improves.

When can I start?

Encore! lessons are available from the start of each term.  If you wish to start lessons part way through the academic year please just pay on LunchPal and we will start your lessons at the next convenient time.  All students receive an electronic copy of their lesson timetable by joining the correct Showbie class on their iPads.   All lessons take place in the Music Department.

What do I do next?

Simply visit LunchPal to register and make your payment.   The school will then be in touch with you regarding your lessons and when they will start.  Payment is required in full and if applicable, you will need to enter any discount code at this time.

Discounts

If you are applying for a discount code please contact Michelle Lister in the Finance Office at finance@harrogategrammar.co.uk. Please include in the body of the email which discount you are applying for.

If applying for a WTC discount please attach a copy of your current Working Tax Credit paperwork or send a paper copy to Michelle Lister in the Finance Office. If you qualify for a discount you will receive a discount code by return that you can use when paying online. Please note: to qualify for a discount your paperwork must clearly show an entitlement to Working Tax Credits as we do not give a discount for Tax Credits.

Contacts

Mr Andy Kemp (Teacher in Charge of Encore!) – email abk@harrogategrammar.co.uk