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Performing Arts at BISB

There is a big emphasis on singing in our school curriculum and we also give students the chance to try a range of other instruments of particular interest to them.

The instrumental programme at The British International School Budapest is very popular with our students. Highly experienced music teachers visit the school every week. Students have the opportunity to participate in many instrumental concerts throughout the year and also may enter for examinations. 

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At the British International School Budapest, we offer students in Years 2 and above the option of taking private music lessons at school. Our team of highly experienced music teachers are all professional musicians who speak English fluently. We currently offer lessons for the following instruments:

Guitar (electric and acoustic/classical)
Percussion (Drums and/or xylophone)
Woodwinds (clarinet, saxophone, recorder)
Voice (focus and jazz and contemporary styles)


Students have the option of registering for the Associated Board of the Royal College of Music (ABRSM) and/or the Rock School performance exams. These exams take place in late May or early June. Talk with your child’s peripatetic teacher as soon as possible if you are considering exam registration.


Individual lessons last for 30 minutes and are scheduled throughout the school day, including co-curricular time, lunchtime and after school.  Students having lessons during class time will be organised on a rota basis, with the aim that no student will miss the same 30 minute lesson more than once every half-term. In joining the instrumental programme, parents agree to this option for timetabling. In view of their academic demands, Year 13 and Year 11 students will be allocated lessons outside of class time where possible.

If you would like your child to have more than one lesson a week, additional lessons are subject to teacher availability and may be scheduled after school. Should you wish your child to have a lesson longer than 30 minutes, this will also be scheduled at the discretion of the instrumental teacher.

Each 30-minute lesson costs 3500 HUF. The teacher will send you an invoice for each term. Payment can be made directly to the teacher or by bank transfer. For Term 2 this is a 12 week programme.
A register will be kept to ensure that students receive the lessons they have paid for. If a student forgets to attend a lesson, every effort will be made to locate them, but if this is not possible, no credit can be given for the missed lesson. If your child is going to be absent from school on their Music lesson day please notify the instrumental teachers 24 hours in advance to inform them of the lesson cancellation, otherwise this may result in payment.


Students and parents will appreciate that practice makes progress! All students will need to practise their instruments

5 times a week to improve. Guidelines for length of practice are as follows:

     Beginner 15-20 minutes per session.

     Intermediate (2 – 3 years tuition/Grade 1-4): 30 minutes per session.

     Advanced (grade 5 or above) 40 minutes per session.

     IB Higher Level diploma: at least 60 minutes per session.


Attached are the professional biographies and contact information for our peripatetic teachers. To schedule private music lessons for your child, please contact the relevant teacher(s) directly via email. When contacting the relevant teacher please specify the day that you require from the list below and the teacher will be in touch to confirm the first weeks’ time slot. Where possible, please ensure that the day you select does not coincide with a  swimming lesson or a CCA selection as this can restrict rotation for your child.

The programme is very popular, so we advise parents to sign up as soon as possible.  We endeavour to provide this opportunity for all interested students however in the event of over-subscription, places will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis and a waiting list will be opened.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah James

Director of Performing Arts

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