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Playing a musical instrument is such a satisfying pleasure. The best way to discover more about music is by
playing and performing. Also, time and time again we hear from schools how the young people who learn a
musical instrument develop skills that go way beyond the instrument itself, e.g:
• Concentration
• Self-discipline
• Ability to study independently
• Self-esteem
• Sociability
Eventually when GCSEs and AS and A levels come along, instrumental skills are an integral part of music exams.
Even if you do not choose to study music at KS4, any instrumental exam results can count towards total UCAS
points for university entrance.

•   Reasons for choosing this specific instrument including ensemble opportunities

Percussion encompasses a wide range of instruments, all of which are struck to produce a musical sound. This
includes drums such as timpani, snare drum and full drum kit, as well as tuned percussion instruments such as
xylophone, glockenspiel and marimba. The list of instruments is endless…

Most children begin their course of lessons on the snare drum at primary school as well as being introduced to a
variety of school percussion instruments as part of a general percussion course. Most primary schools own a snare
drum, which is the instrument on which to learn a basic stick technique that can then be transferred onto other
percussion instruments.

When students get to high school they then have the opportunity to specialise on a particular percussion
instrument like the drum kit or to further develop their skills on the many tuned orchestral instruments subject to
availability. Where schools do not own these instruments students have the opportunity to travel to a centre to get
access to the more specialised percussion instruments.

A variety of styles are taught and students are encouraged to use their skills in bands.

A huge range of ensembles is available to the young instrumentalist. Often at the very early stages these are in
school or the very local community. Later there will be opportunities to join groups of young people from all over
the City and County in evening and Saturday morning bands and orchestras.

•   Suitable age, physique etc eg instrument sizes

The majority of high schools own a drum kit, which can normally be used for percussion lessons. Once a basic
technique has been learnt, often in a group at primary school, it is possible to take individual lessons on the drum
kit at high school. The drum kit is largely an improvised instrument although, like on the other percussion
instruments, students are encouraged to learn musical notation and to take graded examinations.

•   Lesson costs

It is usual but not essential for beginners with Arts in Education to learn in groups. This is more fun for
most youngsters and keeps the initial tuition costs down. Group lessons cost £5.35 for those parents who are
invoiced directly under the Option P scheme. For those pupils who attend an Option S school- where Arts in
Education invoice the school- group lessons can cost as little as £2.48
•   Instrument cost/hire

It is not necessary to buy an instrument(s) in the first instance. However, everyone is asked to buy a pair of
drumsticks and a practice pad.

A practice pad is a small rubber pad that fixes to the top of a drum or any flat surface. It acts like a drum but
without the noise thus enabling your child to do plenty of practice at home without disturbing the neighbours! Once
a certain standard of playing has been reached it may then be appropriate to buy an instrument.

A pair of snare drum sticks, size C or 5A: approximate cost £5.00
A tuneable practice pad: approximate cost £15.00

•   Other expenses

     • Music
It is important to learn to read music. In the early stages players will find this relatively easy as the notation is
primarily concerned with rhythm. Pitch is then introduced for the tuned percussion instruments. This is taught as
part of the instrumental lesson so you do not need to be able to read music before beginning your course of
lessons with the Arts in Education service.

Teachers will also advise you on an appropriate tutor book for you to buy. It is also very useful to have your own
manuscript book as well to note down rhythms to practise. These can all be acquired quite cheaply from local
musical outlets.
   • Music stand

    •   What happens in early lessons

Most of our teaching takes place in school. However, where schools do not own the more specialised percussion
instruments it may be necessary for you to travel to a local centre, like our own Knighton Fields Centre in Leicester
where the full range of percussion instruments is available.

Daily practice is an essential part of learning to play a musical instrument. In the early stages the rule is little and
often. Parent/carers have the essential role of simply encouraging this. No instrumental expertise is required, but
parental commitment to their child’s instrumental learning is essential.

It is well worth taking time and patience at this stage to create very secure foundations. Then the player can look
forward to many years of enjoyable music making and LOTS OF FUN!

Arts in Education’s instrumental teachers belong to a team of highly motivated professionals. They are expert
players of instruments from within the instrumental families that they teach. They understand the value of
enjoyment, but also major on giving their pupils a strong technique. They will also encourage your child to practise
and to join ensembles.

• Arts in Education contact details
For more information contact the service at Arts in Education, Knighton Fields Centre, Herrick Road, Leicester LE2
Telephone 0116 270 0850
Fax 0116 270 4928
Email artsined@leics.gov.uk

Knighton Fields Centre, Herrick Road, Leicester LE2 6DH
Tel: 0116 270 0850 Fax: 0116 270 4928 email: artsined@leics.gov.uk


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