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Dixons City Academy

Peripatetic music lessons

At Dixons City Academy we have a wide range of groups and ensembles ranging from beginners and intermediate to advanced performance levels. In addition to this many of our ensembles and soloists participate in local and national external music festivals and competitions. Each year the department receives funding through the Academy Trust. This, coupled with the parental contributions we receive annually, enables us to provide a Peripatetic Service of exceptionally high standards.

The Music Department is housed in ‘A’ block where we have three large classrooms adequately equipped with technology which can be utilised in lessons, including exciting music software and Interactive Whiteboards. In addition to this, we have seven smaller practice rooms where our peripatetic staff teach throughout the week and a state of the art Performing Arts Theatre where we do our concerts and performances.

There are lots of opportunities available for students to participate in the Music Department and with nearly 140 students taking part in peripatetic lessons and regular rehearsals, we feel it is essential for you to know what is on offer as you consider what extra-curricular activities to get involved in during your time at the Academy. To that end, the prospectus below has been designed as an introduction to the Peripatetic Service in the Academy and should provide you with all the essential information you require whilst considering whether or not you would like to take up instrumental lessons including;

  • How to register for lessons.
  • Extra-curricular music activities.
  • Information on concerts.
  • Information on the Peripatetic Staff.

Our commitment is not just to the individual peripatetic lessons but also to the delivery of high quality ensemble musical experiences that equip our students with valuable life skills as well as the essential music making skills required of a professional musician.

Please be aware that unless you have entered school on a performing arts place or are studying music at GCSE there is a fee per term for lessons as below:

Student Standard

Time allocated per week

Parental contribution per term

Beginner to Grade 3

Individual 20 minutes


Grade 4 & 5 or GCSE Music Student

Individual 30 minutes


Grade 6 or above + A Level Students

Individual 40 minutes


Grade 7 or above + A level Students

Individual 50 minutes


Beginner to Grade 2

Paired 20 minute lesson


Grade 3 & 4

Paired 30 minute lesson


Theory Students

30-minute on line small group lesson*