at Waltons New School of Music
'Fantastic progress combined with a child friendly and fun approach.'
– B. Ziemann
'[A] great teacher for introducing my daughter to the world of music. She learned lots and enjoyed every class.'
– M. Waters
Waltons New School of Music offers a range of lessons and courses for children and young people from the age of three, encouraging active involvement in all aspects of music-making. Private (one-to-one) and small group lessons in a wide range of classical, traditional, jazz, popular and world instruments are offered, as well as a pre-instrumental (early years) music programme and instrumental group courses for beginners.
Our teachers understand the importance of making music learning fun and engaging for young students, and because each child is different, they use a range of different approaches (including rewards, Friday Casual Concerts at the school and grade examinations) to motivate students and encourage them to develop.
Private, Partner & Small Group Lessons
Although children’s natural responsiveness to – and appreciation of – music can and should be encouraged from birth, instrumental tuition should not be given until a child has the concentration for lessons and a genuine desire to learn an instrument. For this reason, lessons in such instruments as piano, violin and guitar do not generally begin before the age of 6 or 7, and lessons in brass and wind instruments not until several years later. Singing lessons can start at any age, although it is not advisable to start technical work on the voice before the age of 15. Weekly private lessons are 30, 45 or 60 minutes in length. Group lessons, designed for students at the same level of proficiency who enrol together, are available as 30- or 45-minute ‘partner’ lessons, as well as 60-minute lessons for three or four students. For best results, it is recommended that children starting partner or small group lessons be no more than two years apart in age.
See the main page of our Lesson/Course Catalogue for a complete list of instruments taught at the New School.
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Pre-Instrumental (Early Years) Music Courses
Designed for children aged 3-6, our Music for Me programme is a unique introduction to music and music-making, all in a nurturing and creative environment. The programme consists of three 22-week courses designed to prepare children for further music exploration and help them to make a successful transition to instrumental study:
The curriculum for each level is geared and paced to the abilities, developmental stage and learning styles of that particular age. Classes move at a lively pace that keeps children engaged and having fun while learning. Music for Me courses can be taken sequentially, or children can enter, subject to available places, at any level.
Complementing our Music for Me courses but also suitable for children aged 4-5 and 5-6 without previous musical experience, Move Your Feet and Sing to the Beat! explores the basic musical concepts of rhythm and pitch through a variety of fun and engaging activities.
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Group Instrumental Courses for Beginners
Designed for beginning students as well as ‘graduates’ of Music for Me (or another pre-instrumental programme), our 22-week ‘Introducing’ courses provide excellent foundation tuition in three instruments for children aged 6-8:
Five-week summer 'taster' versions of these courses provide brief, fun and friendly introductions that will help parents to decide whether or not there is interest and commitment enough to continue with private lessons or the longer Introducing courses starting in September. See flyers or website for more information.
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Friday Casual Concerts
Children at the school are encouraged by their teachers to perform in one of the school’s regular Friday Casual Concerts. These brief concerts, which take place once a month on Friday evenings in the school, are a great opportunity for students of all instruments (and all musical styles) to play in public, in a relaxed and supportive setting, before friends, family and other students. They can be a great motivator for young students, as well as an opportunity to show off their skills and learn how to cope with nerves.
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