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Foundation Strings

Foundation Strings

  • Age 5-8
  • Saturday 9am – 1.15pm
  • Termly Fee: £240-340
  • Bursaries Available

Foundation Strings is an instrumental string programme which integrates movement, singing, and instrumental learning.

Aims of Foundation Strings:

  • To tap into children’s innate creativity and imagination through music
  • To help children to develop important musical skills (pulse, rhythm, pitch, inner-hearing) using a carefully chosen repertoire of songs, games and activities
  • To develop children’s ability to read, write and compose using musical notation
  • To equip children with a firm technical grounding on their chosen instrument (violin, viola, cello, mini bass)
  • To help children to develop confidence and social skills by offering opportunities for them to play in an ensemble and to perform regularly in front of others

Foundation Strings is designed for children aged 5 – 8 (School Years 1 – 3; reception class aged children should register for Musical Foundations). Beginners aged 6 or 7 can sometimes be accommodated in the programme.  Children aged 8 and over should apply for Step Up Strings. When Foundation Strings is oversubscribed priority is given to those completing Musical Foundations.

Curriculum: Years One and Two

  • Half hour ‘Small Group’ instrumental lesson (2 or 3 students per group)
  • One hour integrated Musicianship and Ensemble session

Curriculum: Year Three

  • Half hour Individual instrumental lesson
  • 45 minute Musicianship Session
  • 45 minute Ensemble Session

Individual student times vary depending on the time allocated for the instrumental lesson. There are 30 teaching weeks and two performance days scheduled over the academic year.

Violin, viola, cello and mini bass tuition are all now available from Year 1.

We have a small stock of instruments available for hire each year, however most students own their own instrument.

Our teaching is inspired by Kodály and Dalcroze methods and aims to provide children with the best possible start to their musical lives.

Term Dates:
Summer 1819 schedule

Autumn 19/20 schedule
Spring 19/20 schedule
Summer 19/20 schedule



Fees and Bursaries

Our Young Musicians Programme is open to all children and young people, whatever their circumstances. We are keen to encourage applicants from the widest possible range of backgrounds and access a bursary where needed.

Here’s some more information about bursaries and and here’s information about fees. If you’d like to speak to someone, please email us at [email protected]

Ready to Apply?

All of our programmes are easy to apply for. Simply complete our online application form by 29 April 2019. Need more information? No problem, email us on  [email protected]