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Music service

Fully subsidised 1 to 1 instrumental lessons for Year 4 and Year 7 children in care!

Birmingham Virtual School and Services for Education are working in partnership to provide instrumental music lessons for children in care in Year 4 and Year 7 from September 2020.

The purpose of our partnership is to provide 1:1 support to young people so that they benefit from musical progression, achievement and attainment.

For year 4 students this offer is completely funded.

However, contributions will be necessary for the continuation of lessons in year 5 and 6 if the young person wishes to continue.

Lessons for years 5 and 6 would be partly subsided, the annual fees and contributions are indicated in the table below for 2020 to 2021.

Information on payment contributions
Year group Payment Contribution from Birmingham Virtual School & Music Service for 30 mins 1:1 music lessons from September to July Payment Contribution from School / Carer for 30 mins 1:1 music lesson from September to July
Year 4 and Year 7 100% = £775.50p 0% = £0.00p
Year 5 50% = £387.75p 50% = £387.75p
Year 6 50% = £387.75p 50% = £387.75p

Although the lessons are not funded through the child’s individual PP+ in year 4, it is expected that the child's Personal Education Plan (PEP) record targets, indicating progress, participation and achievements of the young person which can then be discussed with the child's BVS advisor.

An instrument will be provided for your child by Services For Education, Music Service and any grade exams / music medals will be fully funded by the Music Service.

The young person will be encouraged to develop an approach to caring for their instrument and keeping it in a safe place at home.

We encourage you to help the child make their choice, considering the instrument size and their ability to transport the instrument to and from school when making the decision.

Instruments available for children to learn (subject to availability of teachers):

  • Bassoon
  • Clarinet
  • Dhol Drum
  • Flute
  • Guitar
  • Oboe
  • Piano
  • Saxophone
  • Tabla
  • Tuba
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Ukulele
  • Electric Guitar
  • Euphonium
  • French Horn

Where possible we would like to encourage all children to become members of Music Service ensembles and to help us to develop more opportunities for young musicians connected to Birmingham Virtual School.

They are also encouraged to take part in instrument days organized in partnership with the Music Service and Birmingham Virtual School.

If you have any further questions regarding this provision, please do not hesitate to make contact by email.

Kelly Truscott - Birmingham Virtual School