The Music Centre
The Blairgowrie Music Centre is managed by Blairgowrie Primary School and the School Governing Body.
Upon enrolment at the Music Centre, the new pupils complete a contract and are then assessed as to the music level, so that the fee structure can be determined.All information is available from the school office. Parents complete an enrolment form. Once the office has received the completed form, they will match learners with a suitable teacher. The details are then passed onto the teacher who will make contact to set up lesson times suitable to all parties. Pupils are required to re-register at the beginning of each year. There is no re-registration fee.
All lessons take place on the school premises. Thirty-six lessons are provided throughout the year. If any additional lessons are required, these may be arranged at the prevailing rate.
If a learner misses a lesson for any reason, the lesson is forfeited.
If a music teacher misses a lesson for any reason, the lesson must be made up, at a time convenient to the learner and the teacher.
If a music teacher arranges to be away on leave, the teacher is obliged to make up all lessons prior to the leave period by arrangement with the learner.
Pupils are divided into the following groups for billing purposes:
Internal – current BPS pupils/parents
External – past BPS pupils/ parents
New External – other pupils/ adults
Accounts are sent out at the beginner of every term.
Fees are payable quarterly in advance. Should payments not be made timeously, lessons will be suspended immediately.
Parents may be handed over to debt collectors after the following procedures have been made: Telephone call to be reminded of outstanding fees, letter sent to inform of outstanding fees and/or over 120 days. Fees are adjusted annually and increases are set by the School Governing Body.
We have a variety of different instruments that we teach. We offer piano, keyboards, flute, violin, cello, recorder, drums, acoustic guitar, electric guitar and theory.
Instruments are also available for hire from the school – a deposit is required and a contract completed.
Please inform the head of the Music Centre should any instruments be in need of repair or a service.
Concerts are held in term 2, 3 and 4. All pupils are encouraged to participate in at least one concert per year. The teachers submit the names for the programmes and it is their duty to inform the parents and pupils of the concerts and to make sure the pupils are ready to perform. Only pupils of the BMC may participate in concerts in the instruments they receive instruction for at BMC.
Reports are issued twice a year – mid year and end of year. External examinations are completed with Trinity and Unisa as well. The teachers are responsible to conduct the assessments and compile the reports. These reports are handed in to the Head of the BMC for signing. Then it is handed out to pupils.
Termination of lessons:
One month’s notice in writing should be given when a pupil leaves the Music Centre. If notice is not given, two extra lessons will be charged to your account. It would be appreciated if the teacher and BMC management is informed of such a decision.
Breach of contract
No variation of this agreement shall be binding upon the parties, unless same is reduced to writing and signed by both parties.
Should the learner breach any of the provisions of this agreement and fail to remedy such breach within 7 (seven) days after receipt of written notice to do so, the Blairgowrie Music Centre shall have the right to cancel this agreement.
At the end of the year, at the final concert, awards are handed out for the following categories:
- Top Matric Pupil
- Grade 7 Excellence and Achievement Award (must be a pupil at BPS)
- Most Improved Beginner
- Top All Rounder
- Dedication to Music award
The teachers are responsible for submitting their eligible pupils. They are scored on a rubric and scores are tallied to identify the winner. The final decision remains with the head of BMC.
Music Centre Staff
|René Nel||Director of Culture and Music|
|Caroline Berkenbosch||Recorder, flute, keyboard and piano|
|Thabo Mokoena||Beginner guitar, voice coaching and piano|
|Gianluca Tadiello Guitar and ukulele.|
We are currently recruiting additional staff