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Musical Foundations

Your child's musical journey starts here!

Musical Foundations is designed to provide a platform into our Foundations Strings programme. Children of reception class age in school progress through a series of musical games, songs, rhymes and movement activities.

Children acquire the musical skills which they will later draw on when they begin to learn to play an instrument. Each session lasts 45 minutes per week.

In the summer term the children are introduced to the violin, viola, cello and bass so that they can choose which instrument they would like to learn to play as part of Foundation Strings.

Due to high demand, places are limited on Musical Foundations.  We want to make sure that children from a range of socio-economic backgrounds can get a place on the course, alongside children that face challenging circumstances. We ask about this in the application process and encourage you to give us as much information as possible.

Key Information

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Applications close on Friday 21 April 2023.

Age: 4 – 5

Day & Time: Saturday 12.30 – 1.15pm (term time)

Fee: £80 per term. Bursaries are available

Term Dates

September 2022 – July 2023

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.

If you’d like to speak to someone, please email us at

Which class next?

After completing Musical Foundations, we’d recommend one of the following classes as an ideal next step in your child’s musical journey.