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Instrumental and Singing Lessons

The Instrumental Music Programme is for instrumental and vocal lessons that are timetabled during the week and is administered separately from regular curriculum music lessons and clubs. We have various instrumental teachers who come into school to teach on certain days in the programme.

The timetables are organised so that instrumental lessons take place on a rotational basis thereby minimising any impact to curriculum time.  Please see the common questions we are asked below as we hope this will answer many of your questions. Just click on a heading to see the answer. If, however, you have any further queries, please email us at music@bisspuxi.com.

How old does a student need to be?

We recommend that students are at least aged 5 or above to ensure that their motor skills and muscles are developed. For certain instruments, students may need to be older. Unfortunately we do not accept students in nursery. Our instrumental teachers recommend:

  •  Piano – 5 years
  •  Violin – 5 years
  •  Guitar – 7 years
  •  Percussion – 7 years
  •  Voice – 7 years
  •  Cello – 7 years
  •  Clarinet – 8 years
  •  Saxophone – 8 years
  •  Horn – 8 years
  •  Trumpet – 8 years
How many lessons are there each term?

Generally there are 9-11 lessons each term.  This changes depending on the holidays.

How much are the lessons?

Lessons are 180RMB per 30 minute individual lesson.

What happens if a student misses a lesson?

If a student misses a lesson and has given 24 hours or more notice, the teacher will make up the lesson later in the term. If a student misses a lesson with less than 24 hours’ notice, the student will still be charged for this lesson.   If you know your child is going to be absent, please email music@bisspuxi.com in advance. 

How do I sign up?

Please complete a registration form and hand this along with the fees to either primary or secondary reception.  You may download a registration form from the pdf link above.

How do I pay for lessons/get a refund/request a receipt?

Please hand payment in with your application form.  You will receive confirmation of your place on the programme in an email with the name of your teacher and lesson day.  All payment for music lessons is dealt with by Kate Yao (k-yao@bisspuxi.com) in the accounts office (room 130 in the primary building).  Should you require a receipt or refund, please contact Kate with your details, including the student's name and class.  

Where are the lessons?

Primary - The lessons are in the music practice rooms on the second floor in the primary building rooms 234-237.
Secondary - The lessons are in the Music Centre (rooms 226 - 229) on the second floor in the secondary building.

When are the lessons?

Lessons take place during the normal school day. Each lesson is 30 minutes. The students are put on rotation so their lesson times will change every week. This means they will miss 30 minutes of a different class lesson every week.

Can lessons be before/after school or during lunch breaks?

There are limited spaces for students to have lessons at lunch or before/after school. Spaces for these lessons are allocated after discussions with the instrumental teacher.  Please understand that we cannot fit all students into before and after school slots.

How/where do I find out the lesson times?

Timetables are on the noticeboards outside the music classrooms in primary and secondary.
Timetables are also on Moodle (http://learning.puxi.nordanglia.com/), using our usual guest name and password.
A student’s instrumental teacher will also give him/her a copy of his/her timetable.
Form or class teachers will remind students where possible.

Do I need to buy my own instrument?

Yes – we're sorry but we don't hire out instruments. We can supply pianos and drum kits for lessons but students will be expected to have their own instrument at home to practise on.

Where can I buy an instrument/music?

There are many local places in Shanghai to buy instruments and music from.  Jin Ling Dong Lu near People's Square has many music shops.  Best Friend Music and Parsons Music on Jin Ling Dong Lu also have English speaking staff available. 

You can buy music in Shanghai from: 
Shanghai Tiantian Art Music Store 
Address: 20 Fen Yang Road, near Shanghai Conservatory of Music Shanghai
Tel. & Fax: 6431 8488, 6466 1610
Website: www.tt-art.com

Or order it online from www.amazon.co.uk or www.musicroom.com 

Which instruments can I learn?

We currently offer lessons in:

  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Drums and percussion
  • Piano
  • Violin
  • Cello
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Electric Guitar
  • Bass Guitar
  • Trumpet
  • Voice
How can I find out more?

Contact our Instrumental Music Programme via music@bisspuxi.com.

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