REQUIREMENTS FOR INSTRUMENTAL TUITION
It is recommended that children wishing to enrol at Beau Soleil begin piano or recorder tuition as early as possible, as a prior knowledge of music is a decided advantage. Beau Soleil does not teach piano, recorder, guitar or harp.
Places are allocated on merit and according to the needs of our ensemble programme. A limited number of places are available for each instrument.
Woodwind and Brass instruments: Depending on the child, the ideal age for starting is between 10 and 14 years. A front set of adult teeth is essential. Those wearing braces will sometimes experience problems with brass instruments as well as flute; it is strongly recommended that they begin tuition after the orthodontic work has been completed.
String instruments: Beginner string players may, in principal, start tuition in Grade 1; more commonly, however, pupils would be accepted from Grade 2 onwards.
Percussion: Pupils may start in Grade 3 or 4.
Ensembles: A vital aspect of instrumental tuition is ensemble experience. It is therefore a requirement that all Beau Soleil pupils play in an ensemble. Performances are given every term. Pupils studying at school or privately may audition to join one of the Beau Soleil string orchestras or wind bands.
APPLYING FOR TUITION OR ENSEMBLE TRAINING
Tuition: Individual tuition coupled with Ensemble Training. New pupils are usually enrolled in October each year, and occasionally during the year when vacancies occur. Parents who wish to enrol a child for tuition should submit a completed application form to the secretary. The screening process includes the following:
- Ear and theory test: a test that indicates how well the child hears rhythm, pitch, chords and intervals and determines his or her theory level.
- Interview with the Department Head, in which the candidate plays a piece on his / her present instrument. The choice of instrument will be discussed and the child will be assisted in making a decision.
Ensemble Training only: Pupils who are not studying at Beau Soleil but who would like to participate in a Beau Soleil Ensemble should also complete an application form. An audition will be arranged through the secretary.