What is your policy on instrument hire?

Holiday Camps

Instrument hire is completely free at all of our Holiday Camps. For more information on what we offer, please click here.

 

Term Time Courses 

The Strings Club offers the hire of a high quality, suitable sized instrument for any child enrolled on a Term Time Course at the rate of £35 per term.

1a. If the request to hire an instrument is received by Head Office up to 1 week prior to the commencement of Week 1 then the availability of an instrument is guaranteed.

1b. If the request to hire an instrument is received by Head Office less than 1 week prior to the commencement of Week 1 then the availability of an instrument is not guaranteed.

Should you hire an instrument the associated Instrument Hire – Terms & Conditions apply.

 

If you wish to purchase your own instrument, check out our blog post on the recommended music shops in your area.

How do you recruit, check and train your team members?

The Strings Club teachers are professional musicians who have extensive experience working with children and a passion for teaching. Our pastoral team are experienced childcare professionals. All team members attend termly training sessions and are evaluated on a regular basis to ensure that they are fully conversant with all resources and curricula. You can find out more about our commitment to safeguarding children here.

What if we miss a session?

Term Time Courses

At The Strings Club we understand that things don’t always go to plan and occasionally you might not be able to make a session. This is why we try to offer “make-up sessions” – an opportunity to join another class of a similar ability on a different day or at a different venue.

We will always provide you with that week’s ‘Practice Makes Perfect’ guide so your child still has plenty to work on that week.

If you know that your child is going to miss a session please get in touch with usso we can let the teacher know.

Unfortunately, if your child misses over two sessions in a term we may suggest that your child repeats that level next term.

Holiday Camps

If you know that your child is going to miss a session please get in touch with us

If we are informed within 48hrs prior to the session we will be able to release their space and either transfer your booking to a future date or provide you with a credit note. 

If we are informed with less than 48hrs notice this may not be possible.

Please see our ‘Cancellation Policy’ for more information.

Why don’t you separate the children into smaller age groups?

At The Strings Club, children are divided into groups depending on their age and developmental stage. Activities are expertly graded and adjusted to the abilities of the group, so you can be confident your child will be able to participate in every part of the session.

Our Strings Club Minis is specifically designed for 4-5 year olds – to encourage children develop life skills as well as their confidence, focus and wellbeing – all aspects that are vital in the first year of school life!  

Our Strings Club Sound Start groups accommodate children in Years 1 to 6 who are all encouraged to work towards Music Medals, an award scheme part of The Royal Schools of Music – from Bronze, Copper, Silver and onwards!

The combination of our unique “Musicianship Matters” activities and the learning and performing of fun musical repertoire means that a 9 year old child can enjoy and benefit from a Strings Club lesson just as much as a 6 year old, and vice versa. In fact, we’ve found that a mixed age range increases the opportunities for growth and musical development. Younger children are stretched and stimulated by the rest of the group and older children blossom from the ability to influence activities and gain valuable leadership skills. Read more about the benefits of group learning here.

Why do I have to purchase 10 classes at a time?

When your child enrols or renews their Term-Time Course at The Strings Club, they are booking a place in the course of 10 consecutive lessons. This means that even if they don’t attend their space has been reserved for them and no other child can take their place. Both our Strings Club Minis and Sound Start courses are specifically structured around this 10 week framework to provide a coherent and progressive path of musical development.  

How will I be kept in touch with my child’s development?

At The Strings Club, we passionately believe that a parent should be fully involved in their child’s development . Whether your child is with us for one day at a Holiday Camp or every week at a Term-Time Course, we’re here to help you help them! Click here to find out more about how we will stay in touch with you.

Term has begun, can my child still join?

If you’re child is a complete beginner, the latest they can join us on a Term-Time Course (“Minis 1” or “Sound Start 1”) is Week 2. Unfortunately after this it is not possible to join the class, as by Week 3 they will have missed too much. However, they are very welcome to join us at our next Holiday Campor sign up for the following term!

If your child has had lessons elsewhere, we will try our very best to locate a suitable class for them to join part way through a term. Please give us a call in the office so we can find out what they’ve got up to so far. Once we have a good picture of their ability and experience, we’ll be able to advise what would suit best!

 

Do I need to buy my child a book for the course?

Do you offer one-to-one tuition?

What happens if my child’s instrument breaks?

Don’t panic! At The Strings Club we understand that accidents happen. Please get in touch with us as soon as you realise something has gone wrong – it may be easier to fix than you think! Depending on what’s happened to the instrument we will either class the problem as ‘Wear and Tear’, in need of ‘Repair’, or ‘Damaged’. See here for more information.