Alban City School

Alban City School

Information and Upcoming Events

Individual Lessons

Lessons take place during the school day, at the same time as other lessons and/or breaktime. The times are scheduled on a rotational basis, so that students do not miss the same class lesson each week.

Term Start Dates:
Autumn Term: Lessons usually start from the second week of term.
Spring/Summer Terms: Lessons usually start in the first week of term.
Your teacher will confirm the first day of lessons for each term, but this may be fairly close to the time, once the school has confirmed the activities timetable for the upcoming term.

The following individual lessons are currently available (subject to a waiting list in some cases):

  • Year 1+:
    • Recorder
    • Toot (mini/starter flute)
    • Cello (if the pupil is keen enough for lessons and practice)
    • Piano (if the pupil is keen enough for lessons and practice)
  • Year 2+:
    • Cello
    • Flute
    • Piano
    • Singing (classical and/or musical theatre)
  • Year 3+:
    • Brass (French Horn/Trumpet/Trombone/etc)
    • Clarinet
    • Guitar (Acoustic)
    • Electric Guitar (if some guitar experience already, otherwise Y4)
    • Music Theory
  • Year 4+:
    • Saxophone

If you are interested in these lessons please contact us using the details at the bottom of this page or through our Contact page. We can offer you a trial lesson (which is free if you don't continue) or place you on a waiting list until space becomes available for the trial (even if lessons are not currently available).

Other Possible Lessons

If you are interested in lessons in other instruments then please let us know. If there is sufficient interest then we may also be able to provide additional lessons.

Violin lessons are also available through the school (separate from SAMA, please contact the school directly for details). Regardless of the provider, music can help and inspire children of all ages, so we would always encourage your children to seek out whichever lessons appeal to them the most and are available for their year group. Any music education will help your child even if they change instruments or focus at a later stage.

Instrument Hire

We offer an affordable and convenient instrument hire scheme (students can collect instruments at their lessons), which enables students to try out their chosen instrument for a while before making a decision to buy. More details are on our Instrument Hire page.

Other Events and Activities

At SAMA, we like to involve our students in a wide variety of musical opportunities and experiences. Some of the activities we also organise include:

  • School Orchestra: We have both a junior and senior orchestra, which rehearses during the school day on Tuesdays and has some optional performances throughout the year. The orchestras are open to all pupils, whether or not they are studying music, but the instruments they can play will be dependent on their experience. If a student is having individual lessons (either with us or elsewhere), then orchestras can give them a great opportunity both to practise and experience playing in a different, group setting. The termly fee is in the order of £30-45, depending on the term and schedule.
  • School Choir: The school choir is available to Year 4+. We meet on Thursday lunchtimes and is free. Contact us for more details.
  • Music assemblies and concerts: We aim to offer events such as end-of-term or end-of-year concerts which all our students who are having individual lessons can get involved with if they wish. These are very informal and friendly events which provide a platform for our musicians to gain confidence performing in public, whilst learning from each other. Friends and families of performers are all welcome to attend (depending on the event). If you would like to perform a short piece in our next concert, please speak to your teacher.