Welcome to VISS Music Academy Instrumental Music Program
Through the VISS Music Academy, we aim to nurture creativity,
sensitivity and self-confidence in every child.
Given the opportunity, all children can learn to play music.
Participation in music has long been recognized as a way for students to indulge a passion, try and master new and challenging skills, build friendships with their peers, be creative, enhance their personal confidence through public performance and have lots of fun!
Music also helps students learn and develop leadership, social and organizational skills and provides valuable learning experiences through practical situations.
The VISS Music Academy offers the opportunity for VISS students to study musical instruments as an individual or in a group.
Why is it important for your child to learn to play music?
Playing music can significantly impact on your child’s overall development and academic achievement.
Learning to play an instrument:
- Connects, develops and refines the entire neurological and motor neuron system
- Enhances the process of learning, particularly mathematical learning
- Develops fine motor skills, creativity and emotional balance
- Promotes self-discipline and motivation
All of which provide positive, significant and long lasting benefits.
What does the VISS Music Academy offer?
The VISS Music Academy is an instrumental music program that offers all VISS students the opportunity to learn to play an instrument at school and to participate in the school ensembles.
Tuition is available on the following instruments:
|Electric Guitar||French horn|
N.B. Other instrument tuition may be available depending on demand.
VISS Music Ensembles and Choirs:
All the activities listed below are free of charge to all students. Every student who learns to play an instrument through the school will be involved in at least one of the ensembles or choirs and will have the opportunity to regularly perform in school, as well as develop ensemble skills. Ensemble and choir rehearsals are held during lunchtime or after school, 3 – 4.15pm.
VISS Primary School:
|Concert Band Camp|
VISS Secondary School:
|Grade 2 – 5 Choir|
Instrumental Lesson Costs
|Individual Lessons||Per Term: 1,250 AED||Per Year: 3,750 AED|
|Individual Lessons||Per Term: 1,675 AED||Per Year: 5,025 AED|
Which instrument to choose?
Choosing an instrument can be a very hard decision for both students and parents. We suggest you and your child listen to and research various instruments before you make a decision. The music staff is also able to offer advice on what instrument may be most suitable for your child.
Instrument and age recommendation
|Instrument||Starting Age from:|
|Violin||Grade 1. (Prep students can start in Term 2)|
|Piano||Grade 1. (Prep students can start in Term 2)|
|Guitar||Grade 1 (Prep students can start in Term 2)|
|Electric Guitar||Grade 4|
|French Horn||Grade 4|
VISS Music Academy Facilities
The VISS Performing Arts Centre is the home of the Music Academy.
This stunning facility consists of:
- 500 seat theatre
- 5 tutorial rooms for the instrumental lessons
- 2 class rooms
- Keyboard lab
- 2 Ensemble rehearsal rooms
- ICT suite
- Recording Studio
- Dance Studio
Instrumental Lessons Policy
- Tuition fees are payable for instrumental lessons and must be paid in advance.
- Instrumental music tuition is offered on either a Term or yearly basis. There are three Terms in a year.
- There are on average 10 lessons per Term, or 30 lessons per year.
- Individual lessons are 30 minutes long in the Primary School and 40 minutes long in the Middle & Senior School.
- We recommend that children do not enroll for more than two separate instruments.
- The program is available to all VISS students starting from Grade 2.
- There may be an opportunity for students in Grade 1 or Prep to be involved in the program. However, the decision will be made pending an assessment of their musical abilities, readiness to participate and availability of a teacher.
- Instrumental music staff will teach give 30 lessons per year (10 lessons per term).
- Lessons provided by freelance teachers will be held between 8.00am and 4.00pm.
- Students will be withdrawn from their classes to attend instrumental lessons.
- Lesson times may alternate weekly to ensure students do not repeatedly missing the same class.
- Lessons taught by VISS staff will be between 4 – 6pm.
Absence/Changes to Lesson Times:
If a parent wishes to rearrange a lesson time due to illness or an outside school event, then it is the parent’s responsibility to contact the instrument teacher, giving at least 48hrs notice in advance of the lesson:
- If a child misses a lesson due to absence/illness. Without 48hr notice, this lesson will not be made up.
- If a child misses a lesson due to a school activity. This lesson will be made up.
- If the teacher is ill or absent, they are responsible for making up the lesson.
- Tuition fees are due prior to the start of each term.
- The school must be notified of any changes to music enrolments by the end of each Term. This policy is required to ensure the school can continue to employ and retain skilled freelance teachers.
- There are no refunds once the lessons have commenced for each Term.
- VISS reserves the right to terminate lessons should a student behave inappropriately or frequently miss lessons. Fees will not be refunded.
- Term 2 and 3 fees (if annual fee paid is paid in term 1) will be refunded if the student withdraws during or at the end of Term 1.
Acceptance in the program
- To be accepted into the program, students must display a willingness, enthusiasm and commitment to learning their chosen instrument.
Purchase of an instrument
- It is a condition of enrolment into the program that students purchase the relevant instrument for home practice and use in the lessons where applicable.
- The purchasing of instruments will need to be organized by the parents.
- We strongly recommend that you do not buy an instrument before you have received a letter of acceptance AND before you talk to your child teacher. Teacher will assist you in determining the size of instrument, brand, supplier and the likely cost of appropriate instrument.
- Students are expected to practice their instrument for at least 15 minutes, three times per week.
- Parents are asked that they support and encourage their children to maintain a regular practice schedule.
- Any queries should be made via e-mail to Ms. Anne Stearns, Director of Music, firstname.lastname@example.org