Transforming And Enriching Lives Through Music

FAQs

If you require any more information, please call us on the Music Trust's main line: 01422 303060

  • What Lessons Are Available?

    • All stringed instruments
    • Guitar - classical and electric
    • All woodwind instruments
    • All brass instruments
    • Percussion orchestral and drum kit (Only individual and paired lessons available)
    • Piano (Only individual and paired lessons available)
    • Electronic keyboard
    • Voice
    • Ukulele
    • Membership of a band/ensemble
    • Participation in various concert activities
  • I/My Child Would Like To Learn To Play An Instrument But Don’t Know Which To Choose. What Should I Do?

    The first thing to decide will be which family of instruments you/your child is interested in. CMT teachers are able to offer lessons on the main family instrument groups.

    Brass, Guitar (Classical Guitar/Ukulele), Woodwind, Percussion, Strings, Percussion, Music Technology (Electric Guitar/Electric Bass/Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Keyboards) and Voice.

    You can watch musicians by searching online video sharing websites and this should help you identify the different qualities of these instruments.

    Most instruments are suitable for all ages. However there are smaller instrument sizes available. If your child started lessons and the instrument they had chosen to learn was unsuitable, the teacher would advise you of an appropriate alternative.

  • How do I apply for music lessons and when can I start?

    We require a completed enrolment form. We have different forms for children and adults. These are available to download from our website under Music Lessons - Lessons and Enrolments tab. The form requires a signature agreeing to the terms and conditions.

    The form must be returned to the Music Trust office. It is quicker to email the form directly to the office rather than giving it to the tutor to pass on.

    Lessons start after each set of school holidays. Submitting a form does not guarantee lessons will start after the next set of holidays as it depends on availability e.g. if you want group Clarinet lessons but we have no other requests for that, you will remain on our waiting list until we get some more interest. We do not know when this will be.

    Our Admin Officer needs time to communicate with tutors, schools and our instrument technician about your request for lessons. Ideally we need your completed form at least 2 weeks before the school holidays start.

  • How and when do I pay for the lesson?

    Invoices are send out at least 4 weeks before the start of a new term. Payment must be made in full by the due date.

    Cash:  bring cash directly to the Calderdale Music Trust (CMT) office at Heath Training and Development Centre.  PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH IN THE POST.

    Cheque:  made payable to "Calderdale Music Trust Ltd.’ and sent to the office at CMT main contact address (Please put your invoice number and child's name on the back of the cheque.)

    BACS:  Lloyds Bank Account No. 58102060  Sort Code. 30-93-76.  Please quote your name and invoice number and advise when payment is made.

    Direct debit:  you will need to request an application form from the CMT office if you have not already returned a Direct Debit form. Payments will be collected on the 1st or 15th of the month following the invoices being issued. Payment instalments if you enrolled at the beginning of the year will be 10 instalments. If you enrol in the year the instalment number will be advised by CMT.

    Please do not make payments directly to tutors.

    Any questions, please email [email protected]

  • Where and when do lessons take place?

    For school age children attending Local Authority Schools or Academies lessons take place in school and during school hours where possible.

    There are also classes available at the Halifax Music Centre (Heath Campus.) 

    We do not offer tuition at home or at tutors' houses.

  • How many lessons will I/my child receive?

    CMT aim to deliver a guaranteed minimum of 30 lessons. Refunds will only be given if CMT have failed to provide less than 30.

  • What happens if my child does not receive the minimum 30 lessons?

    All lesson registers are monitored at the CMT office in the Summer holidays. If a pupil has not received the requisite number of lessons i.e. a minimum of 30 lessons (or proportion of depending on how many terms the student has been charged for), a refund will be issued or a credit will be placed on your account in the Summer holidays. The credit adjustment will then appear on next years invoice.

  • Can adults have music lessons?

    Yes. Adults receive ten lessons per term at our Halifax Music Centre during the day time or evenings. We do not offer lessons at people's houses. Adults can hire instruments from the Music Trust. Adults are also welcome to join our ensembles - please visit our Music Groups page.

  • Can I change the type of lesson I am/my child is receiving?

    All requests must be submitted in writing to the office. We will do our best to accommodate you. Any changes will be implemented after the next school holidays e.g. after October half term and your invoice adjusted accordingly.

  • How do I cancel lessons?

    We require written notice that you wish to cancel your lesson. Please email this to [email protected] You must inform us 2 weeks before the end of a term if you wish to cancel. This is because we need that time to re-schedule lessons next year and offer the slot to another pupil.

    LESSONS AND HIRE WILL CONTINUE TO BE CHARGED FOR UNTIL THE END OF THE TERM.

    It is the parent’s responsibility to return any hired instruments to the Music Trust. Not all tutors come in to the office at the Music Centre and so they aren’t able to drop them off for you.

  • What happens if the teacher is off?

    The Music Trust will contact the school and parents in case of tutor absence. Refunds will not be given for tutor absence unless you have received less than thirty lessons by the end of the year. Please use your child’s practice diary to count how many lessons your child has received. The Music Trust guarantees to provide a tutor for a minimum of thirty lessons.

  • What if my child misses their lesson? e.g. sickness, school trip

    It is not the responsibility of Music Trust instrumental tutors to ensure pupils attend lessons.  However every effort will be made to encourage good attendance. Refunds cannot be given for non-attendance of pupils.

    The Calderdale Music Trust guarantees 30 visits per academic year.  No refunds can be given for pupil absences or school cancellations.  Invoices can only be adjusted where the Trust has failed to make a tutor available for at least 30 visits during the academic year or exceptional circumstances are agreed by the Trust Director.

  • Are there any groups I/my child can attend?

    We have ensembes that rehearse on a weekly basis during term time. There are lots of different groups for musicians of all abilities. Your child's tutor will let them know when they are ready to join; this is usually within the first year of lessons. From an early stage playing in an ensemble, band or other musical group is a vital part of the music education process and child's development.

    Please click "Music Groups" along the top of this website for a list of ensembles available for children and adults. Are ensembles take place at the Halifax Music Centre, Todmorden C of E school, St Chad's Primary School and St Jude's Church.

  • My child does not have lessons with the Calderdale Music Trust. Can they still join an ensemble?

    You do not have to be receiving lessons with Calderdale Music Trust to join our ensembles. Please ask our office for an Ensemble Enrolment Form. Ensemble membership for children is £30 per term.

  • How often should my child practice?

    We recommend that young people learning to play an instrument practise regularly for at least 10mins a day (beginner) and 20 mins a day if they want to have a good chance of passing a grade a year. Practise time is dependent on the age and ability of the pupil and on the instrument itself - please seek your son/daughter's teacher for further advice.

    You will be sent a practice diary in the post. You can use this to communicate with your child’s tutor and it will explain what needs to be practiced before the next lesson.

    Many pupils practise far more than this (many wanting to pursue a musical career practise for at least an hour a day!) but you should discuss with your son/daughter what they want to get out of learning an instrument - whilst too little practise can lead to stagnation, too much can reduce a pupil's enthusiasm for their instrument.

    What does good practise look like? 

    In order to make progress playing an instrument it is important that your son/daughter attends their lesson on a regular basis; however, this alone will not guarantee progress. We support pupils in playing their instrument through the use of a practise diary which is issued to pupils when they start lessons and can be used as a way of tutors communicating with home.

    Practise should be regular and often – 20 mins a day is a good guide (except for beginners who may need to start small and build up their stamina). Playing a piece is not the same as practising it. We would suggest the following as a good way of structuring practise:

    • Play through some scales/arpeggios/technical exercises.
    • Play through a piece you have been learning.
    • Identify any difficult bits of the piece you've just played - play them repeatedly, starting slowly and getting faster as they become more familiar.
    • Play the piece again to see the improvement.
    • Repeat for any other pieces.

    If practise is getting overly repetitive, encourage a break or a change of piece. It is useful for pupils to perform in public regularly, even if this is just in front of friends and relatives.

  • Can I hire an instrument?

    We have a stock of instruments which can be loaned to pupils on a first-come-first-served basis.  The hire fees vary according to instrument type and these are described on the enrolment form. Parents are responsible for the care and maintenance/servicing of instruments and any fees this may incur.  Loans may last as long as a pupil is receiving tuition for that instrument with Calderdale Music Trust. 

    Instruments must be collected from/returned to the CMT office. Tutors do not bring instruments to school.

    Please email [email protected] if you require further information or call us on 01422 303060  (Out of office hours 01422 303065).

  • How do I choose the right instrument for my child?

    If your child expresses a strong interest in an instrument then it's probably the right choice. Sometimes physical considerations have to be taken into account such as the size/model of the instrument your child is wanting to play. Nine years old is a good age to start playing instruments such as clarinet, flute, trumpet or trombone. Stringed instruments are more suitable for younger children to start to learn as there are a range of different sizes. 

  • Can I get help with buying a musical instrument?

    The assisted instrument purchase scheme is run by a number of music retailers and allows pupils in maintained schools and academies to purchase instruments without paying VAT. This leads to a significant reduction in the price of buying musical instruments. Purchases should be made via you son/daughter's school (they can contact the Music Trust for more information if the school is unaware of the scheme). The school will buy the instrument on behalf of the pupil placing a formal order with the retailer and will bill the parent for the (VAT free) amount paid.

  • Can I/my child learn more than one instrument?

    You can apply for tuition in as many different instruments as you like. You will receive separate lessons for each instrument with a specialist teacher.

    If you would like to change instrument (that is, you would like to stop receiving tuition for one instrument and start tuition in another), you must inform the CMT office as soon as possible so that we can look at accommodating your request. We require confirmation in writing.

    Please note that it may not be possible to swap immediately as you may need a different teacher for the new tuition. If you are changing to an instrument in the same family and therefore will stay with the same teacher (for example, from a trombone to a cornet, or an electric keyboard to piano) an immediate change may be possible providing the Calderdale Music Trust's office is informed.

  • Do I need to buy any books/accessories?

    Music books and some additional accessories may be necessary dependent on lesson/instrument type (such as valve oil for brass instruments, reeds for woodwind instruments, drumsticks for percussion instruments and resin for stringed instruments). Tutors will advise on the items you will need to purchase. Your tutor will inform you of what books you need to buy.

  • Can a child with special needs have music lessons?

    Yes. Please indicate this where requested on the booking form and you may wish to write some further details on the booking form about which the teacher will be made aware. Music can be a way of engaging with students with special educational needs whilst developing confidence and self-esteem.

  • Can the Music Trust put me/my child forward for an exam?

    The Music Trust has its own internal exams called IMATs. They involve practicing specific pieces, learning scales and listening tests and take place during the lesson with the tutor. They are not equivalent to external exams e.g. IMAT Level 1 is not the same level as Grade 1 with the Associated Board.

    Any external exams e.g. Trinity, ABRSM must be arranged by the parent by applying on the exam board’s website. Please speak with your tutor if you would like to enter in to one of these exams. Payment should be made by the parent directly to the exam board and not via the tutor.