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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

Most pupils choose to play the guitar because of its beautiful and varied sound. The instrument is fun and
involving to learn. It’s also a very expressive instrument and a lot of music has been written for the guitar
in a number of styles.

If your child likes the idea of playing with other young instrumentalists, then the guitar is an ideal choice.
Guitars are used to play many different styles of music, ranging from classical through to musicals, jazz,
folk and pop.

It’s great to learn an instrument for it’s own sake but even more fun if the instrumentalist plays regularly
with other young people. Most Arts in Education pupils start to learn the guitar in a group, so you’re child
is likely to be part of a team from the start.

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

It is possible to start learning the acoustic guitar from the age of 8. However, due to the size and weight
of the instrument, electric guitar is not available until secondary school.

   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

If you want to buy or hire a guitar, there are three or four specialist retailers in the Leicester area. You
can buy a good quality starter acoustic guitar from as little as £80. Appropriately sized smaller
instruments are available for younger pupils.

   Other expenses
     Music
     Music stand

       What happens in early lessons

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 6DH
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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