As parents ourselves we know that starting to learn an instrument can be a big step - for parents as well as children. We have designed Let’s Play to remove the traditional barriers that parents tell us about learning an instrument.
There is no need to invest in an instrument, for a small rental fee we provide modern instruments specially designed for the youngest children, such as the innovative pBone - a brightly coloured plastic trombone.
The small group lessons provide the ideal learning environment. Children share in the fun of making progress with friends and learn and support each other through the inevitable challenges and triumphs. But the group is small enough for the tutors to give individual support when needed.
We have seen amazing retention rates from our Let’s Play students but we realise that sometimes things don’t work out. You commit on a term-by-term basis to the classes and there is the opportunity to switch instruments.
We support you to support your children on their musical adventure. Regular communication from the tutors keeps you in touch with progress and support practise at home with sound clips and advice. Some classes run “bring a parent” sessions after the first term of lessons where the proud children teach their parents how to do it !
And it’s all excellent value for money too. Don’t forget that we offer financial support to low-income families - talk to us about our bursary scheme.
As well as learning an instrument, children on our Let’s Play scheme also have a separate musicianship class as part of their Saturday morning with us. This supports them in their instrument learning with an introduction to pitch, rhythm and simple musical notation.
In the second year of the scheme the children also join the Let’s Play Orchestra giving them the first experience of playing in a larger group with others who are learning different instruments. It’s a fun-filled, noisy and rewarding experience for everyone !