q: Do you have a catchment area?
A: Yes, our catchment is limited to the Blackheath & Greenwich (London) areas for two main reasons;
Firstly, our tutors are all local, home visiting professionals, so out of fairness to them we strive to keep their travel time to a minimum.
Lastly, we pride ourselves on our happy local community ethos!
However, some GOOD NEWS - we will now be offering a limited number of lessons at our premises at Mycenae House from September 2019 so if you are out of our catchment but can get to Mycenae House then make sure you ask for one of those slots!
Q: Do pupils have the opportunity to perform?
A: Yes. The Becky Dell Music Academy puts on two free concerts each year, one at Christmas and one in Summer, in which all pupils are encouraged to take the opportunity to perform in front of their familyand peers. Other opportunities also arise throughout the academic year (we previously hosted a Steinway concert at a Steinway showroom!). We believe that performance is an important aspect of learning an instrument – it’s a great confidence builder and great fun!
Q: Can I change lesson times or must they be at the same time every week?
A: We agree on a set weekly time for lessons. Should you wish to change this lesson time either temporarily or permanently, you must discuss this with the tutor and any changes made are at the tutor’s discretion. Please do bear in mind that the tutors have busy schedules and other pupils, so are not obliged to agree to changes in lesson time.
WHat are our term dates?
Our term dates for 2020-21 are below! Our term dates fit in with the local school time tables are best as possible.
Weeks 1 - 7:
w/c Aug 31st, Sept 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, Oct 5th, 12th
Weeks 8 - 13:
w/c Nov 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, Dec 7th
Weeks 14 - 19:
w/c Jan 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, Feb 1st, 8th
Weeks 20 - 24:
w/c Feb 22nd, March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd
Weeks 25 - 30:
w/c April 19th, 26th, May 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
Weeks 31 - 34:
w/c June 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
THE DATES FOR 2021-22 ARE;
Weeks 1 - 7: w/b Aug 30th, Sept 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, Oct 4th, 11th
Half Term (2 weeks)
Weeks 8 - 13: w/b Nov 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, Dec 6th
Christmas (3 weeks)
Weeks 14 - 19: w/b Jan 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, Feb 7th
Half Term (1 week)
Weeks 20 - 25: w/b Feb 21st, 28th, Mar 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
Easter (3 weeks)
Weeks 26 - 30: w/b April 25th, May 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd
Half Term (1 week)
Weeks 31 - 34: w/b June 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
Q: How do I pay for lessons?
A: Fees are paid by standing order on the 1st of every month. An annual fee is worked out (34 weeks x lesson amount) and spread evenly across 10 months of the year. Becky will advise all new parents. Please ask if unsure.
Q: What do you charge?
A: Our rate is £34.80 per 30 minutes in London.
A minimum of 6 weeks notice will be given before any change of fee and there will never be more than one price increase in any academic year.
EXAMS & EXAM ACCOMPANIMENT
With Trinity and ABRSM's fab and easy online booking systems we find it is easier for our parents to book their children in for exams, often during the lessons with our tutors!
You can book exams here;
When it comes to exams you will most likely need an accompanist to join you. Luckily many of our tutors will accompany their students in exams and those that do not hand that pleasure over to our official BDMA accompanist, Nicole.
The costing for exam accompaniment is as follows;
The Exam: £69.60
Rehearsals: £34.80 per 30 minutes.
Q: How do your term dates fit in with my child’s school term dates?
A: We have formulated our term dates based on the term dates of the local schools that most of our pupils attend and have a 34 week academic year.
Term dates 2019- 2020
- Weeks 1 – 7: w/b September 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, October 7th, 14th
- Weeks 8 – 13: w/b November 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, December 2nd, 9th
- Weeks 14 – 19: w/b January 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, February 3rd, 10th
- Weeks 20 – 24: w/b February 24th, March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd
- Weeks 25 – 29: w/b April 20th, 27th, May 4th, 11th, 18th
- Weeks 30 – 34: w/b June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
Q: Are pupils able to book extra lessons, for example, in the holidays?
A: Yes, pupils can book extra lessons. A separate invoice will be sent for each additional lesson and the fee will be the same as the fee for scheduled term time lessons.
Q: Do you teach adults as well?
A: Yes, definitely! Some people think we are a music academy for children but we are happy to offer lessons to anyone that wants to learn music and our adult student numbers are growing every day.
We even have a parent's band so if your children are a part of the academy don't let them have all the fun!
Q: How long are your lessons?
A: This depends on the pupil’s age, ability level and personal requirements; we recommend 30 minute lessons for younger or less advanced pupils, but as they develop they may wish to increase their lesson times to 45 mins or 1 hour.
Q: How do I ensure that the tutor is right for me/my child?
A: We offer a money back guarantee on your first lesson with the tutor that we believe to be right for you, based on the pupil's personality and interests.
All of our tutors are very friendly, easy going and reliable and have been hand picked for the job, so you’re in safe hands!
Q: Do you offer a scholarship?
A: Yes, we are delighted that our first scholarship was launched in the academic
year of 2014/15, initially with one place and then in 2015/16 launching two more places. In 2016/17 we will be offering five places in total – please see the scholarship page for more details. We have partnered up with a local charity and Greenwich schools to put the scheme in place, and this new initiative will give those who would have been previously unable to afford private music tuition the chance to have lessons. If any parents or supporters have any surplus instruments that they would like to donate to the cause, please do get in touch with us. Equally, if any parents would like to pay for another scholarship place, please get in touch.
Q: Do your tutors have disability awareness training? Are you all CRB/DBS checked?
A: Yes, all of our tutors have attended disability awareness training on joining the academy and we welcome all students with open arms making our courses inclusive and accessible. If the person learning music has dyslexia or dyspraxia please let us know, as some of our tutors are more specialised in teaching students with those impairments. We are all CRB/DBS checked and can provide these on request.