Click on a link below for information on the various tuition options the academy can offer.
All students are also involved in our regular programme of Projects and Events.
(Beginner – Advanced)
The Jersey Academy of Music’s instrumental tuition is based on one-to-one weekly lessons. Our expert Teaching Faculty offer tuition in strings, brass, flute, saxophone, percussion, and piano, and the length of lesson is either 20, 30, 40, or 50 minutes depending on age and level. Alongside the instrumental tuition we encourage all students to join our Musicianship Team either immediately before or immediately after their lesson to focus on theory and aural skills development. Each term there are various performing opportunities, and our regular programme of Projects and Events will provide inspiration throughout the year.
(from school year 3 upwards)
Led by various teachers supported by Student Teacher Assistants, our Musicianship Team operates every day. All students are encouraged to attend a 30mins session with the team either immediately before or immediately after their instrumental lesson, which focusses on theory and aural skills. Development in these areas is crucial to enable fluent progress on the instrument. This class will lead up to Grade 5 Theory, a compulsory examination for all students, at which point students then have the option of continuing with classes in Grade 6 and 7 theory, and one-to-one tuition for Grade 8 theory.
(30mins or 40mins)
We offer intensive one-to-one Theory tuition, which can be packaged together to an agreed number of lessons to lead towards the ABRSM Theory Examination. This is open to all, and is most popular for those students who need to take Grade 5 Theory in the space of a term in order to progress on to their Grade 6 Practical examination on their instrument.
Grade 6, 7 and 8 Theory
A weekly 50min group class to lead towards ABRSM Examinations in Grade 6, 7, and 8 Theory. These higher level theory grades are a very useful support for GCSE and A-Level music at school, as they cover the foundations of harmony (including figured-bass and part-writing) alongside melodic composition and musical analysis.
MOTHERS AND TODDLERS
Children two and above with a trusted adult present – dads or carers welcome!
Younger siblings welcome.
A gentle introduction to music-making with parental reassurance. We will sing, move to music, try playing different percussion instruments. Children will meet Mozart Mouse and Beethoven Bear, who will help them to identify basic musical concepts such as high/low and loud/quiet. We develop a sense of rhythm and pitch through musical movement activities involving gross and fine motor skills, and learn songs including nursery rhymes and songs from the Music for Little Mozarts programme.
KIDDYKEYS AND COMPANY
Rising threes to young fours, trusted adult present
An introduction to the KiddyKeys programme for children aged two and a half to three and a half who have shown interest in the piano. We’ll sing, make music, and begin to discover the piano together. The wonderful, original KiddyKeys books and songs will be shared with each child while they enjoy interacting and playing music with their classmates. In addition to teaching each child about music, KiddyKeys & Company classes will focus on the development of fine motor skills, positive social skills, and identification of letters, numbers, and colours.
3-5yo small group pre-piano.
Children must be confident to stay without their parent or carer.
KiddyKeys is a modern and engaging approach to teaching piano skills and music concepts to young children. Over the year, children will:
- Play rhythm instruments and the piano.
- Carry out rhythmic and movement exercises to develop their motor skills.
- Learn to recognise long and short notes.
- Develop their counting and mathematical skills.
- Learn basic musical terminology such as “forte” and “piano”.
- Begin to recognise staff notation.
- Develop their creative skills by exploring the keyboard and improvising.
- Improve their listening and aural skills.
- Learn about the life of a composer.
3-4yo individual pre-piano
Wunderkeys is a real piano course, adapted for preschool children from the age of 3. Together with our Finger Friends, we explore the concepts of high and low, loud and quiet, long and short notes. We begin to identify patterns on the piano and to develop the necessary fine motor skills to play. Children also develop literacy and numeracy skills through the scheme. Best of all, they experience one-to-one tuition; feel all grown up; and have a whale of a time!
MUSIC FOR LITTLE MOZARTS
Piano group lessons (3-4 per group)
Reception or Year One
Follow the adventures of our cuddly friends Mozart Mouse and Beethoven Bear as they learn to play the piano! Piano-playing and note-reading skills are introduced in a gradual and age-appropriate manner, combined with rhythm, song and general musicianship activities through the integration of piano, theory and musical discovery books. The story characters model the teaching concepts of the lesson and invite the children to learn more about these concepts through the activities that follow. Clear instructions and an engaging storyline help parents to reinforce their children’s learning at home, developing good practise habits from an early age.
KEY-STAGE ONE MUSIC GROUPS
Year One/Year Two
These group classes are not instrument-specific, but give all children a grounding in the basics of melody, rhythm and notation. The classes are great fun and explore music through a wide variety of games and exercises. An excellent grounding before moving on to instrumental tuition.
Suzuki Violin Department
(Beginner level onwards)
Led by Suzuki violin specialist Vanessa Moore, the Suzuki department is open to children from 4 years of age. Weekly tuition varies between one-to-one lessons and group classes alongside all the other young violinists. Parents are encouraged to join in with the learning and tuition, and families become members of the British Suzuki Institute to enhance the tuition and understanding of this renowned methodology.
Principal or Second Study additional tuition time
For those who wish to extend the length of their Principal or Second Study lessons, additional tuition time can be added on. This system operates in segments of 10 mins, and additional tuition fees will apply.
In addition to the core syllabus, the academy operates a range of additional Optional Classes encouraging a wider approach to musical education. Each of these subjects operates as a group class with a maximum of eight students per group. For all group classes, a minimum amount of take-up is required in order for each class to operate. Class length and Tuition Fees for these group lessons vary depending on Department:
A weekly group class focussing on the technique of composition, which can also tie in with school music homework, or GCSE and A Level course requirements.
A 45 minute weekly group class designed to support the GCSE curriculum.
A Level Support
A 45 minute weekly group class designed to support the AS and A2 curriculum.
Chamber Music (for Junior and Lower Intermediate)
Whilst Chamber Music is a compulsory part of the course for Upper Intermediate and Advanced students, it is optional for Junior and Lower Intermediate students. Students are divided into small ensembles (eg trios, quartets, quintets) to receive a 30 minute weekly class in this valuable and fun area of music-making.
Optional Second Study
For students who wish to receive tuition in more than one instrument. A weekly one-to-one lesson with an instrumental or vocal specialist. Class length and Tuition Fees vary depending on Department:
- Junior – 20 mins
- Lower Intermediate – 30 mins
- Upper Intermediate – 40 mins
- Advanced – 50 mins