Swindon Music Co-operative is a not-for-profit organisation providing quality music tuition in the Swindon area. Our music teachers currently work with a large number of pupils in over 70 local schools, as well as providing lessons out of school to students of all ages. We provide tuition on a wide range of instruments and voice, aiming to develop each pupil’s musical potential according to their individual needs and aspirations.
Our teachers are competent performers and teachers on their specialist instruments. All teachers are checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service before commencing teaching. They are provided with professional development sessions and their teaching is monitored to ensure high standards.
Tuition is available on recorder, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, tenoroon, saxophone, trumpet, cornet, trombone, French horn, euphonium, tuba, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, electronic keyboard, guitar (classical, acoustic, electric and bass), ukulele, drums, voice and music theory. Not all instruments are available in all schools so please check with your school for full details. 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 the office. Swindon Music Co-operative does not hire or sell instruments. Instruments can be hired from the local music hub. If you would like more details on instrument hire, please indicate on the application form and our office staff can provide information.
Lessons and Fees
There is a range of lesson options and prices (see page 3). For payment options please see 2.2 of our Terms and Conditions. We aim to provide 34 lessons each academic year. The number of weeks per term may vary from year to year according to school term dates, public holidays, etc. If a teacher is absent, the lesson will either be delivered in a -make-up- week at the end of term, or if this is not possible, a credit will be issued on the following term-s invoice. Lessons generally take place at school. However, lessons can also be provided at the teacher-s home, or at an alternative venue, subject to teacher availability. A one-off taster session can be arranged through the office if required, subject to teacher availability.
Some pupils may be able to access financial assistance through the school e.g. pupils eligible for free school meals; this is at the school-s discretion. If this is not available, please contact our office to discuss alternative options. Documentary evidence will be required. Adult students must be eligible for Income Support or Employment Support Allowance to be able to access financial assistance. Please contact the office for further information. A small stock of instruments is available to loan to those approved for financial assistance, subject to availability. Applying for lessons On receiving your application, the office staff will arrange lessons with an appropriate teacher and the teacher will contact you to confirm arrangements. Once the lessons have been agreed we will send you an invoice. Please note that lessons cannot begin until payment has been received.
Where a teacher does not have availability, the application will be placed on a waiting list for 6 months. We will advise you if this happens.
Application form is available from the link below