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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:00 pm 
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Dear all,

My child is starting his learning at an independent school and there is a question I want to ask for your advice.

The school has paid individual music lessons. However, the music lessons will only take place during the academic period, which means the children will have to miss an academic period (Maths, English, etc) in order to learn music.

In total, if the child continues with the music lessons throughout an academic year, he or she will miss 30 academic lessons.

Is it alright or is it too risky for the child?

Thank you


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:53 pm 
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It is not 'risky' unless your child is struggling to keep up. It is worth it is they love their music lessons/benefit from them in some other way (extra learning, something outside academia etc). It is quite normal for this to be the way extra music lessons are provided.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:11 pm 
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When dc had music lessons at their prep school the lesson timetable was organised so that they missed a different lesson each week. Their lesson might have always been on a Thursday but it was a different period each week so they didn't keep missing the same subject
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:34 am 
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doodles wrote:
When dc had music lessons at their prep school the lesson timetable was organised so that they missed a different lesson each week. Their lesson might have always been on a Thursday but it was a different period each week so they didn't keep missing the same subject
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Yes, that's what happened at DDs' school.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:37 pm 
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suxeprotolondonlo wrote:
Dear all,

My child is starting his learning at an independent school and there is a question I want to ask for your advice.

The school has paid individual music lessons. However, the music lessons will only take place during the academic period, which means the children will have to miss an academic period (Maths, English, etc) in order to learn music.

In total, if the child continues with the music lessons throughout an academic year, he or she will miss 30 academic lessons.

Is it alright or is it too risky for the child?

Thank you


Why can't they ensure these are not in academic lesson time? My DS at a state school never missed any lessons for his music.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:42 pm 
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We dipped out of school music lessons from the start of year 7 for this very reason.
Also as they get on to higher grades 30 min lessons weren’t long enough.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:47 pm 
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If you want the convenience of music lessons at school rather than having to make separate arrangements out of school times, it is always going to involve missing some academic slots, as the music teachers can't make a living if they are only allowed to teach at break or lunchtime. After school doesn't always work if pupils are on school buses. Usually as suggested the lesson time will rotate for a group of pupils so they're not missing the same lesson each week, and yes that does take some organisation in order to catch up. However as a musician myself I would say that the lifelong benefits of learning an instrument are well worth it!

In the days when there were county music services you could also apply for after school slots, possibly at another local school. And of course there are many private music teachers


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:37 am 
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I've always arranged music lessons out of school time for my children so that they don't miss lessons. Once they get beyond a basic level they benefit from 1 hour lessons and I felt the cumulative effect of missing so much lesson time was easily avoided by arranging our own tuition.


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