Instrumental tuition and extra-curricular Music

Faculty of Creative Arts – Music

To Parents/Carers and our Instrumental Pupils:

I am writing to you concerning Instrumental Tuition and attendance at extra-curricular music activities at Ellon Academy. There are a number of aspects of music tuition for which we would seek your support.

1.     As your son or daughter receives tuition at Ellon Academy, they have made a large commitment to music.
a.     They must practise their instrument every day, including the weekend.
b.     They must attend instrumental extra-curricular music activities at Ellon Academy.
c.     Be encouraged to attend Music Centre activities.

2.     There are many extra-curricular music activities on offer at Ellon Academy namely:
a.     Jazz Band; Choir; Percussion Ensemble; String Orchestra; Senior Concert Band; Orchestra; Guitar Group; Junior Concert Band; String Quartet; Inspiration; Saxophone Quartet.
b.     The conductor of each ensemble chooses the music to be performed given the varying age and stage of the members

3.     We expect each of our instrumental pupils to be members of an appropriate group or groups. Many pupils belong to three or four ensembles, but mainly our instrumental pupils are in two ensembles. For example, a flautist in both Senior Concert Band and Orchestra; a violinist in String Ensemble and Orchestra.

4.     We feel that attendance at extra-curricular music activities is vitally important. Skills and technique gained at lessons can be augmented and put in context during ensemble work; the musical skills of listening and playing with others are developed; there are benefits of working with others; and through concerts, a platform is given to reward the hard-work, dedication and talents of our young people.

If you wish to discuss any matter regarding extra-curricular activities, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at the Academy.

Thank you.


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