Summer School – Frequently asked questions

How long is the school day?  We open the doors at 8.30am each morning and pick up is at 4 pm. The day is divided into five 50 minute workshops, two snack breaks, and lunchtime. The day also includes a daily challenge and a performance from one of our mentors.

What does my child need to bring each?  We have no catering facilities on site during the summer so each child must bring a packed snack, lunch and lots of water!   If they play an instrument we advise the instrument is with them at all times.  The Music Makers provides the loan of beginner instruments, pianos, drums and electronic equipment.

Who is the course suitable for?    Summer school is suitable for girls and boys aged 5-15 of any or no musical experience.

What happens if my child does not play an instrument?    There are plenty of workshops to sign up to. We offer beginners instrumental lessons in guitar, violin, ‘cello, trumpet, french horn, trombone, flute, clarinet, oboe, keyboard, drums and more.  There is also a beginner singing class and beginners choir.

What is my child is already an advanced musician preparing for music school?  In years 9-10, we offer a mentor-student scheme. Although still paying students on the course, our mentors have an increased responsibility.  They will often be accompaniments to bands and choirs, run a daily quiz team,  help out on beginner instrumental lessons and get the chance to perform each day.

How do I apply for a scholarship?  Please read our scholarship section

Is the music-makers exclusive to state-schools?  Not at all, we encourage children to apply from all schools. We have excellent facilities and tutors to share with you. Everyone is welcome.

My child is an overseas student, can they apply for a scholarship?  Absolutely, we occasionally have international students apply and we can help you with the entire package. Please get in touch!

How we find out what they get up to each day?   Stay in touch with our twitter for hourly updates, photos, and videos (although you must sign a consent form for us to use your child’s image online).   We also send home a daily update included the best photographs and videos from the day.  At the end of each week, we always put on a concert for you to see everything the children have learned.   Finally, at the end of the week, you are emailed the weekly parent media folder which includes recordings from the entire week, all of the projects made and footage from the concert!

How do I apply?  Applications are available now and are first come first served.

How much does it cost?

Please refer to our 2020 page for current fees

(Please note we do not accept childcare-vouchers)

Do you ever sell out?   Week 3 is always the first to sell out and usually sells out early May. Week 2 is often a sell-out and Week 1 always tends to have space.  We try and fit in as many children as we think it’s safe and productive to do so and always run a waiting list.

I applied for my child earlier this year and haven’t heard anything yet?  Please note, as stated on the application we do not issue receipts unless requested. If you apply, your child is allocated a place unless we get back to you with a problem.  The parent information handbook detailing everything you need to know for your child’s week on the course is typically emailed out 2 weeks before the course start date.