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Welcome!  The Centre for Young Musicians Taunton is a fantastic Saturday music school in the South West offering great opportunities to its students, with top quality music tutors with dedication and drive. The Centre is a very friendly and very happy place full of like-minded, budding young musicians. 

Above: Michael and Finn enjoying a composition workshop.

FEES

Fees are structured according to the number of workshops or individual lessons a student wishes to do.

Students aged 5 to 7 have access to the Prelude programmes.  The Prelude programmes, Prelude and Prelude +, are explained below.

Students aged 7 to 18 have access to the Core curriculum and Full curriculum, explained below.

Students aged 7 to 18 have access to the Ensembles only programme.  The Ensembles only programme launched in January 2017 and is available to new students only. Current students will have the opportunity to transfer to the Ensembles only programme in September 2017.

Students aged 5 to 18 have access to the Individual tuition only programme.

Here are the details of each programme available at CYMT.

Prelude programme

For complete beginners aged 5 to 7. No instrument needed. Comprising:

  • 3 workshops of 30 minutes each, from ocarina, ukulele, general musicianship, history of music, singing.

Prelude programme fees: £420 per year, £140 per term, £14 per Saturday. Parents/carers are invoiced at the start of each term for a block of ten weeks, and payment may be made online or by cheque to Centre for Young Musicians.

Prelude + programme

For beginners and improvers aged 5 to 7. No instrument needed. Comprising:

  • 5 workshops of 30 minutes each, including ocarina, ukulele, general musicianship, history of music, singing.

Prelude programme fees: £694 per year, £231.33 per term, £23.13 per Saturday. Parents/carers are invoiced at the start of each term for a block of ten weeks, and payment may be made online or by cheque to Centre for Young Musicians.

Prelude + 1 programme

For complete beginners and improvers aged 5 to 7. Comprising:

  • Prelude + programme (see above for details).
  • Individual tuition for 30 minutes in 1 instrument or voice.

Individual tuition fees: £600 per year, £200 per term, £20 per 30 minute lesson, in addition to the Prelude programme fees. Parents/carers are invoiced at the start of each term for a block of ten weeks, and payment may be made online or by cheque to Centre for Young Musicians.

If individual tuition is available on the following instruments: guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, singing/voice, piano, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, recorder, violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, cornet, trumpet, French horn, trombone, and drum kit. Students must provide their own instrument (guidance will be given if requested) for all lessons except for piano and drum kit lessons.

Ensembles only programme

For all players of an orchestral instrument, for aged 7 to 18, capable of and wishing to take part in Orchestra and one other practical ensemble.  Comprising:

  • 2 ensembles of 45 minutes each – Orchestra, and one other ensemble chosen from brass group, piano workshop (for duets and trios), recorder group, string group, woodwind group.

Ensembles only programme fees: £360 per year, £120 per term, £12 per Saturday. Parents/carers are invoiced at the start of each term for a block of ten weeks, and payment may be made online or by cheque to Centre for Young Musicians.

A student’s capability may be agreed by informal assessment or evidence of their having achieved a pass in a practical music exam. This is necessary because the ensembles are put together considering students’ ability, which allows the students to be well-matched with each other ensuring the best progress and development for the ensembles.

Core curriculum (without a 1:1 lesson)

For improvers and intermediate and advanced players aged 7 to 18. Comprising:

  • 6 workshops totalling 4 hours, including Orchestra, another practical ensemble (from brass group, piano workshop (for duets and trios), recorder group, string group, woodwind group), singing ensemble, history of music, general musicianship, composition.

Core curriculum fees: £810 per year, £270 per term, £27 per Saturday. Parents/carers are invoiced at the start of each term for a block of ten weeks, and payment may be made online or by cheque to Centre for Young Musicians.

This is our most popular programme, and students continue learning their instrument with their teacher outside of CYMT.

The tuition fees for the core curriculum equate to the unbeatable rate of £6.75 per hour, which is fantastic value for top quality music coaching in our core curriculum providing a much more rounded music education than just having a single private music lesson.  

Full curriculum (with a 1:1 lesson)

For improvers and intermediate and advanced players aged 7 to 18. Comprising:

  • 6 workshops totalling 4 hours, including Orchestra, another practical ensemble (from brass group, piano workshop, recorder group, string group, woodwind group), singing ensemble, history of music, general musicianship, composition.
  • 1 individual lesson of 30 minutes on one instrument.
Full curriculum fees: £1410 per year, £470 per term, £47 per Saturday. Parents/carers are invoiced at the start of each term for a block of ten weeks, and payment may be made online or by cheque to Centre for Young Musicians.

This is a very popular programme, as students have an individual lesson with a tutor at CYMT, alongside enjoying their music-making with other young musicians, so it is all in one place each Saturday. If an individual lesson is required in more than one instrument then the fees for the additional lessons are charged at the Individual tuition rate of £20 per 30 minute lesson.

Individual tuition only

Individual tuition is available for all students aged 5 to 18.  Individual lessons are usually 30 minutes each, though 45 or 60 minutes is recommended for advanced students. 

Individual tuition only fees for a weekly lesson of 30 minutes: £600 per year, £200 per term, £20 per Saturday, or pro rata if longer is required. Parents/carers are invoiced at the start of each term for a block of ten weeks, and payment may be made online or by cheque to Centre for Young Musicians.

Individual tuition is available on the following instruments: guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, singing, piano, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, recorder, violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, cornet, trumpet, French horn, trombone, and drums.

Absences

We regret it is not possible to give refunds in the event of a student’s absence as the Centre has to continue paying professional tutors and overheads. CYMT expects as close to 100% attendance as possible, because the best progress is made by students if they commit to the long-term weekly training.  Once a student is established on the courses at CYMT, after a trial period of one term, a term’s notice is required to stop attending. This notice period is required so the Centre can fulfil its obligations to the professional tutors and pay for the facilities, and to ensure a proper commitment is made by the young musicians attending. The students get the best of the Centre and out of themselves if they commit to attending every Saturday in term time, so there is no ‘drop-in’ option or fortnightly attendance option. Thank you for your understanding.

FINANCIAL HELP / HOW TO APPLY FOR A BURSARY

Full or part-bursaries are available to families who satisfy strict criteria.  For more information about bursaries please click this link.

If you have any queries please contact Rachael Parvin (Head of CYMT) 07754 217993  |  rparvin@cym.org.uk.

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Above: Sarah, Nancy, Melissa, Igor and Ernest at Hestercombe Gardens, June 2016.