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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. It’s so much more than one individual music lesson and, for parents/carers, it represents excellent value for money.

Above: Michael and Finn enjoying a composition workshop.

FEES

Fees for the term-time courses at CYMT are structured according to the number of workshops or individual lessons a student wishes to do.

Looking for financial help with the fees?  Please visit the bursaries page for information on how to apply for a bursary or contact the office 07754217993 or taunton@cym.org.uk.

Students aged 5 to 7 have access to the Prelude and Prelude+ programmes.

Students aged 7 to 18 have access to the Ensembles only programme.

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

Students aged 5 to 18 have access to the Individual tuition only programme (including 1:1 lessons in music production for students aged 11-18).

Students aged 11 to 18 have access to the Creative Music Production only programme (for students aged 11-18). 

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. Ideally, the 3 workshops chosen should be consecutive within the list given.

Prelude programme fees: £14 per Saturday, £140 per term. 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.  A fantastic start-point for all young musicians at the start of their musical journey.

Prelude+ programme fees: £23.13 per Saturday, £231.30 per term. 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.

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: £12 per Saturday, £120 per term. 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 the student’s ability and experience, which allows them to be well-matched with others ensuring the best progress and development for all members of the ensembles.

Core curriculum (without a 1:1 lesson)

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

  • 6 / 7 workshops, depending on duration of workshop, totalling 4 hours, including Orchestra, another practical ensemble (from brass group, piano workshop (for duets and trios), recorder group, string group, woodwind group, percussion group), singing ensemble, history of music, general musicianship, theory of music, creative music production (for students aged 11+).

Core curriculum fees: £27 per Saturday, £270 per term. 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 which provides 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, percussion group), singing ensemble, history of music, general musicianship, theory of music, creative music production (for students aged 11+).
  • 1 individual lesson of 30 minutes on one instrument.
Full curriculum fees: £47 per Saturday, £470 per term. 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 (including 1:1 lessons in music production for students aged 11-18)

Individual tuition is available at CYMT.  Individual lessons are usually 30 minutes each, though 45 or 60 minutes is recommended for advanced students. 

Individual tuition is available for students aged 5 – 18 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, baritone, euphonium, French horn, trombone, tuba, orchestral percussion and drum kit.

Students must provide their own instrument for all individual instrumental lessons except for piano lessons, orchestral percussion and drum kit lessons.  If requested, tutors will be happy to provide guidance on finding a suitable instrument.  Students of orchestral percussion and drum kit will be expected to purchase appropriate sticks or mallets for their chosen instrument, following advice given by the tutor.

Individual tuition is available in music production for students aged 11 – 18.

Individual tuition only fees for a weekly lesson of 30 minutes: £20 per Saturday, £200 per term, or pro rata if a longer lesson length 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.

Creative Music Production workshop only programme

Creative Music Production is a group workshop for students aged 11 to 18.  The course gives students knowledge and experience of music production theory and practice in any musical style using Logic Pro X in a Mac computer suite and the professional recording studio at Richard Huish College.  The course is flexible in its approach and outlook which means that students can do the course whether they have little or no prior experience of music technology as well as those with experience of music technology.

Creative Music Production fees for a weekly lesson of 60 minutes: £10 per Saturday, £100 per term. 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.

Please click here for the CYMT term dates for 2018-19.

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.

Above: Molly enjoying a creative music production workshop, March 2018.