Music Lessons

Music Lessons

Individual Tuition

In addition to our department staff, our Visiting Music Teachers provide instrumental and vocal tuition for pupils in the Prep and Senior Schools.

Many of our visiting teachers perform professionally and our lively and friendly department makes for an exciting and inspiring environment for musical development.

Music lessons last 40 minutes and are conducted on a weekly basis with an average of 10 lessons per term. You will be invoiced directly by the visiting music teacher concerned and payment should go directly to them and not to Caterham School. Pupils are withdrawn from their normal timetabled class on a rotational basis, missing the same subject no more than twice each half term. Sixth formers, any students learning more than one instrument, or pupils already missing class time for study support will have their lessons in free periods, lunchtimes or before/after school. These fixed lesson slots are limited and therefore cannot be offered to students unless they meet these criteria. It is the pupil’s responsibility to make up any work missed and to give adequate notice (48hrs at least) to the classroom teacher whose lesson will be missed.

All examination fees, music, replacement strings, rosin and reeds are charged to pupils’ termly accounts.

We offer tuition in the following areas/instruments:


Double Bass


Flute & Piccolo
Saxophone (all)


French Horn

Percussion & GUITAR

Drum Kit


Classical and musical theatre



Music Theory

We run a Theory Session over a lunchtime period on a weekly basis to prepare students for music theory exams. These sessions are free of charge.

If preferred, students can have individual or group lessons with a Visiting Music Teacher on a private basis.


Examination boards and Masterclasses

We work with the following examination boards for graded exams:

Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
Trinity Guildhall


Our record of attainment is outstanding and we are very proud of the record number of passes with merit and distinction achieved. Exams are held internally on a termly basis and accompaniment is provided at additional cost.

In addition to this, we offer masterclasses to any students who we feel would benefit from general guidance about performance style and etiquette.




Practice – Regular practice, both during term time and holidays, is essential for satisfactory progress to be made on any instrument and therefore a suitable instrument should be available at home for use during the holidays. Practice should consist initially of a minimum of five practices of at least 20 minutes each week, increasing as the pupil progresses.

One instrument or two? – We advise pupils to learn one orchestral instrument only in the first instance. It is quite normal for pupils to learn one orchestral instrument and one non-orchestral instrument (e.g. piano). Pupils aspiring to take music up to at least GCSE should be aware of the advantages of having at least some keyboard skills (e.g. piano as a second instrument).

Instrument Hire – We have a selection of instruments available for hire. Please contact the music department if you require further information.

Tuition outside of school – We would like to know about all our musicians, even if they have lessons outside of school.

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