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Musical Instrument Lessons from September 2018

There are many musical opportunities for the children at The Dawnay and one of them is the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. Learning an instrument is both very beneficial to children and it is lots of fun. We have many peripatetic teachers visiting The Dawnay each week and most instruments can be accommodated.

Surrey Arts

Most lessons are taught through Surrey Arts. The costs of lessons through Surrey Arts are as follows: (please note these are prices for 2018 and may be subject to an increase in September 2018)


Lesson Category Termly (10 lessons)
Group 3 or 4 (30 Mins) £73
Group 2 (20 Mins) £73
Group 2 (30 Mins) £108
Individual (20 Mins) £142
Individual (30 Mins) £201

Lesson Category Termly fee (10 lessons) Group 3 or 4 ( 30 minutes) £73 Group 2 (20 minutes) £73 Group 2 (30 minutes) £108 Individual (20 minutes) £142 Individual (30 minutes) £201

Instruments can be hired through Surrey Arts at a cost of £21 per term .  The Dawnay has several school violins which are free to hire, however they do need to be insured.

To apply for lessons with Surrey Arts please apply on line at application forms, lessons times and prices can be found on the Surrey Arts website, telephone: 01483 519303.

Our Surrey Arts teachers are :

  • Clarinet , flute and saxophone - Ms Debbie Chapman
  • Violin - Mr David Wey
  • Cello - Dr Andrew Taylor
  • Drums - Mr Jason Reay

Private Lessons

Also available at The Dawnay School are the following private lessons:

Please apply for lessons directly with these teachers using the following contacts, lesson prices vary.


Surrey Arts offer free group lessons (subject to availability) or concessions to families who are in receipt of Family Income Support, Income-based Job Seekers Allowance, Child Tax Credit (but not if they are entitled to Working Tax Credit or if their annual income, as assessed by the Inland Revenue, exceeds £16,190 in the current tax year) or Universal Credit Surrey Arts also hire the instruments free of charge to these families. Please apply in the usual way on line or use the hard copy application form available from Mrs Wood.


All our Year 3s in September will have taken part in the new Surrey First Access recorder lessons, whereby every Year 2 child has been learning to play the recorder.  If your child would like to continue learning the recorder in Year 3 we can provide private lessons with our recorder specialist teacher Mrs. Frost.  The cost of the lessons will be £35 for the Autumn Term We are extremely fortunate to have Mrs Frost teach at The Dawnay. She teaches in small groups on a Friday lunchtime and the children make excellent progress.

If your child comes from a school where they have not had recorder lessons in Year 2 there will be the opportunity for them to join a beginners group taught by Mrs Gilbertson on Monday lunchtimes.  There is no charge for this club and application froms for this club will be available in September.

I would be very happy to talk through your child’s instrumental choice with you. I am usually around after school on Wednesdays.  As a general guide, piano and stringed instruments can be started from age 5.  Children can learn the ukulele from Year 2 .   Most other instruments can be started in Year 3.  We do hope your children take up these musical opportunities at The Dawnay in September.

Mrs T. Wood Music Teacher