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GEM RECORDS

GEM RECORDS

THE gem SCHOOL of MUSIC
in conjunction with gem RECORDS
©Copyright Control gem 1998

PROSPECTUS 2000
An Introduction from The Founder


The music industry is one of the UK’s finest and well respected and has been for well over 50 years. Britain is well renowned for its music teaching throughout the world.
Due to the decrease of music teaching throughout the national curriculum in 1999, there has been the increasing need for extra curricular music tuition. Music is one of the only subject areas of study that is able to incorporate other subject area into it’s teaching.

Music’s link with social behaviour is now becoming more recognised, where music therapy is healing to everyone of all ages, sexes, and backgrounds. Music unlike any other subject area is successful at breaking the boundaries of ignorance amongst peoples, and makes it possible for cultures to share a common interest that eventually leads to a knowledge and understanding of the world around them.

THE gem SCHOOL is beneficial primarily to those who enjoy music and for example who would like to either take up learning an instrument for the first time, or who are already playing an instrument, or who would like to study other aspects of music and music related subjects. For those who are really keen, we provide a whole range of subject areas that can be “mixed and matched” to form an individual teaching and study plan for the teacher and pupil.

THE gem SCHOOL is unique in the sense that each pupil gets one on one tuition and works for the best interests of the pupil. The role of the teacher expands to the responsibilities of a personal coach and trainer, advisor and counsellor to our students, encouraging the development and progression of the pupils musical abilities, skills and talents.

Lessons cater to the individuals’ requirements through a primary consultation where together with the pupil we discuss their initial needs and strengths, and go on to discuss their short, medium and long-term goals. The teacher will record and write up each lesson. There will be regular reviews of student’s progress and reports will be written for the benefit of the pupil each year.

Pupils will be given the opportunity to be entered and prepared for private examinations from a selection of boards including ABRSM and LAMDA.
The school also holds yearly concerts, and will prepare its students for external performance.

THE gem SCHOOL of MUSIC is an independent School trading as an associated company taught by gem and a network of private music and music related teachers. All teachers at THE gem SCHOOL are currently working in the music industry as well as working on behalf of gem RECORDS which endeavours to give career’s advice and aid the career development of its pupils.

gem
Founder and Proprietor of THE gem SCHOOL of MUSIC.
Copyright 1998

Location

gem school teachers are ‘visiting’ teachers who teach privately at the place of the pupil’s home anywhere within the London borough at no extra cost to the pupil at a time convenient to the pupil.


Term Times

The teaching year for THE gem SCHOOL is from September and ends August, although there is no set time throughout the year as to when pupils should commence lessons. Pupils are able to take up lessons at any time during the teaching year, however a minimum of 10 lessons per term is required, a lesson schedule will be discussed and completed before the start of the first lesson.

If the pupil is working towards a particular target such as an examination or performance or composition folio it is possible that more lessons will be required at that time.

Duration of Lessons & Times

o Lessons last for either half hour, 45 minutes or an hour in length, subject to consultation.
o Lessons will be at the same time and day each week.
o The maximum duration is 3 years of teaching.

Term 1

September – December

Term 2

January – April


Term 3

May – August

Facilities –
Instruments, Equipment and Music

All pupils are required to bring their own instruments. Please note that THE gem SCHOOL does not accept any responsibility for the damage and/or theft of the pupils’ instruments.

Each student will be given an equipment kit list before the start of the year.

Equipment and instruments must be ready before the start of each term unless further discussed. In some cases students will have the opportunity to try a range of instruments and equipment. provided by the gem school should they need to or should they wish to explore other avenues of music.

Subject Areas and Styles

Each of the subject areas below can be incorporated into the pupil’s lesson plan. The pupil can choose as many or as few areas to study at any one time.
A lesson plan for the year will then be devised by the teacher and sent to the pupil on acceptance of lessons for the forthcoming year.

Subject Areas:

o Aural Listening
o Analysis
o Business
o Composition
o Education
o History
o Health and Fitness
o Technology
o Theory, Musical Vocabulary, Language

Stylised performance in:

Dance / Drama / Guitar / Keyboards / Piano / Poetry and Music including rapping, rhyming and MCing / Voice / Violin

Styles:

classical, folk, jazz, pop, rock, R&B, soul

If there is an area that you would particularly like to study which is music related but is not on the list above, THE gem SCHOOL will only be too pleased to incorporate it into your study plan.

COURSE STRUCTURE

CONSULTATION LESSON
o APPLICATION
o SELECT AREAS FOR STUDY
o QUESTIONNAIRE

TERM 1

o OVERVIEW
o TEACHING OF ALL CHOSEN AREAS
o CHRISTMAS CONCERT

TERM 2

o REVIEW OF TERM 1
o OPTION TO SPECIALISE
o DEVISE PROJECT / PREPARATION PLANNING FOR EXAM / CONCERT
o CONCERT

TERM 3

o PROJECT IN PROGRESS – UNIT OF WORK FINALISED FOR PORTFOLIO
o FINAL ASSESSMENT
o EXAMINATION
o CONCERT
o ANNUAL REPORT

Price List September 1999-August 2000

Individual Private Music Tuition:

Consultation Lesson of 1 hour £15.00

30 minute lesson £15.00

45 minute lesson £17.50

1 hour lesson £20.00

Cost per term

Fifteen 30 minute lessons £225

Fifteen 45 minute lessons £262.50

Fifteen 1 hour £300

Payment of one terms fees in advance gives £30 discount

Travel Costs

£2.50 is charged in addition to the lesson fee for home visits anywhere in the Royal Borough of Kingston area. £5 will be charged anywhere in London area outside of Kingston.

VAT is not charged for the first year of teaching. Payment by cheque, postal order or cash is accepted.

Scholarships

Scholarships will be awarded to pupils who show exceptional talent and who are unable to pay for lessons themselves. To find out whether you are legible for scholarship you must apply for an application and meet the school’s scholarship requirements, this includes a formal interview and concert audition.

BOOKINGS
To make your booking, including consultations,
Contact the administrator on 0208 974 5755.

THE gem SCHOOL of MUSIC
Company Policy

1. FEES

o Fees must be paid on the day of the lesson
o A deposit of £30 is required prior to the first lesson which is repayable by the last two lessons in the year being free
o Payments must be paid by cash, postal order or cheque accompanied by cheque guarantee card
o Cancellation charge of £5 is required when terms are not met
o Payment of one terms fees in advance gives a £30 discount

2. TERMS

o The new teaching year commences each September
o The agreed place, time, and day of teaching must be strictly adhered to
o Pupils must give one weeks cancellation of lessons – or a penalty of £5 will be levied
o The school will give one weeks notice of lessons cancelled
o The school and its’ teachers accept no responsibility for breakage or loss of pupils instruments or any other belongings
o THE gem SCHOOL of MUSIC and its’ teachers accept no legal responsibility for the safety of its’ students
o Lessons can be fully terminated only at the end of term which is in progress, unless paid for
o Deposit will be retained in the circumstance of breach to this agreement

Associates & Contributors

THE gem SCHOOL of MUSIC would like to thank the following for their ongoing help and support.

Chamber of Commerce, Kingston
Tonia Gange, Baytree Business Counselling Service
The Prince’s Trust
Mark
Janette
Audrey
Anthony
Kienda
Terrence
Tania

If you would like to contribute anything that you feel may be of use to the school, please contact gem via email at the address:

school@gemrecords.co.uk