Wrexham Music Co-operative

Schools Guide To Our Service

Lessons

We will provide 32, 34 or 36 lessons per academic year. This is to ensure continuity for the pupils throughout the school year. Schools can discuss individually with our office a different number of lessons if they so wish but we do recommend 36.  Timings for lessons can vary; we recommend 15-minute lessons for primary school pupils, 20-minute lessons for secondary school pupils and 30-minute lessons for higher-grade pupils. Our tutors can discuss this further with you.

Schools may wish to use some of the lessons for other purposes, e.g. exam preparation, eisteddfod practices, Christmas concerts etc. Please discuss this with your Co-operative teacher in the first instance.  

Most lessons take place in school; however, lessons can also be provided at a suitable alternative venue subject to teacher availability. A one-off taster session can be arranged through the office if required, subject to teacher availability.  

All pupils will be provided with a practice diary and our members will email a progress report on each pupil mid-way through the academic year.

How we can help …

​We have a fund established by Wrexham County Borough Council that we can access to help pupils in genuine financial need to access lessons and ensembles. Access to these funds will be discussed on an individual and confidential basis by the Co-operative’s Director and the Headteacher concerned.

Instruments

​Tuition is available on violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, recorder, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, tenor horn, baritone, euphonium, trombone, tuba, French horn, drum kit, orchestral percussion, piano, electric keyboard, guitar (acoustic, classical, electric and bass), ukulele, voice, music theory and aural work.  

When choosing which instrument to learn, the age and size of the pupil needs to be taken into consideration. You may need to seek advice from one of our teachers – this can be arranged by contacting our office.  

After two years we can then discuss a payment scheme to purchase the pupil’s current instrument or to purchase a new instrument from the Co-operative. Our tutors can always provide advice in this area.

Exams

​Exams are a vital part of progress in music. Tutors will advise when your pupils are ready to take an exam. At beginner level, we will be holding our own Co-operative ‘stars’ exams where pupils can take a short exam with one of our members within school and be graded with a certificate, either bronze, silver or gold – this is a prerequisite to taking an Associated Board Grade 1 exam but will give schools and parents an indication of progress.

The Co-operative will organise one special visit from an examination board per academic year. If you have any questions, please contact our office. We will provide a pianist to accompany pupils and will inform schools of results.

Our Ensembles

Every pupil can access one of our ensembles, which are strategically placed throughout the county. Our members will advise on which ensemble your pupils should attend. Playing in an ensemble is a vital part of progress and builds friendships, teamwork and confidence skills. Regular performance is key to progress. Schools can choose to ‘buy in’ time during the week from the Co-operative to allow our tutors to run school ensembles at lunchtimes/afterschool – if this is something your school is interested in doing, please contact our office to discuss further. 

​Schools can book our ensembles for any event  school fairs, Christmas concerts etc.  please contact the office. 

We will always notify schools of our local concerts and of any competition achievements involving your pupils.

There will be an ensemble concert held by the Co-operative twice a year – normally at Christmas and toward the end of the summer term.