Band Time is our programme for children aged 7 to 11. It gives them the opportunity to take up a wind or brass instrument, and benefit from a range of musical activities through access to the excellent musical tuition offered at Trinity Laban.

What is Band Time?

In September 2017, we will launch Band Time: a new programme for under 11s that builds on our highly successful String Time Programme. In Band Time, children can take up a wind or brass instrument and benefit from a range of musical activities at Trinity Laban, a leading conservatoire of music and dance. Band Time is also a fantastic way to meet new friends and have fun while learning a new instrument! 

When can my child join?

We are operating a staggered entry from September 2017 for children in Years 2, 3 and 4. 

Recorders 1 (Year 2 pupils) There are 10 places available from September 2017
Recorders 2 (Year 3 pupils) There are 10 places available from September 2017
Wind and Brass 1 (Year 4 pupils) There are 10 places available from September 2017
Wind and Brass 2 (Year 5 pupils) There are 10 places available from September 2017
Wind and Brass 3 (Year 6 pupils) Places will be first offered from September 2018

Places on Band Time will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, with a waiting list option for children who would like to join the programme in the future.

From September 2018 onwards, children will only be able to join the programme at the start in Year 2 and will move through each stage as they move through school years. Children who have started their musical learning at Trinity Laban already, through Trinity Teenies classes, will be able to choose whether to continue their musical learning within our String or Band Time programmes.

There will be a second entry point at Year 4 for children who would like to take up a wind or brass instrument. It is advisable that children wishing to enter in Year 4 have had some prior musical experience.

When pupils reach Year 6, they can choose whether they want to stay on the programme for another year or audition to join the main Junior Trinity programme.

What instrument can my child learn?

All Year 2 and 3 children commencing Band Time will start on the recorder, to teach them basic musical notation skills and introduce them to a wind instrument.

When children reach Year 4, they can choose from the following instruments:

  • Oboe
  • Clarinet
  • Short Reach Bassoon
  • French Horn
  • Trumpet/Cornet
  • PBone (the starter instrument for the trombone)

When do lessons take place?

Recorder classes take place from 16.30-17.30h on a Friday afternoon and Wind and Brass classes will take place on a Saturday morning. Detailed timetables will be available for new students from September 2017.

Lessons and classes are delivered by experienced Trinity Laban teachers and there are many opportunities for links with the under 11s String Time Programme and Junior Trinity Main Programme for 11-19 year olds.

Where do lessons take place?

Recorders 1 and 2 take place at Trinity Laban, King Charles Court, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, SE10 9JF.
 
Wind and Brass 1, 2 and 3 take place next door to Trinity Laban at Meridian Primary School, Old Woolwich Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NY.

Band Time programme and fees

Year Group Programme Classes Fees
Year 2 Recorders 1

30-minute group recorder lesson

30-minute group musicianship class

£670 (£233.23 per term)
Year 3 Recorders 2

45-minute group recorder lesson

45-minute group musicianship class

£735 (£245 per term)
Year 4 Wind and Brass 1

45-minute group lesson

45-minute choir

45-minute musicianship class

45-minute ensemble

£870 (£290 per term)
Year 5 Wind and Brass 2

45-minute group lesson

30-minute sectional ensemble

45-minute choir

45-minute musicianship class

45-minute ensemble

£980 (£326.66 per term)
Year 6 Wind and Brass 3

45-minute group lesson

30-minute sectional

45-minute choir

45-minute musicianship class

45-minute ensemble

 

30-minute individual lesson (optional)

£980 (326.66 per term)

 

 

 

 

£1040 (£346.66 per term)

Year 7 Optional Wind and Brass 4 There is an optional year for those students who would like to remain on the Band Time programme before auditioning for Junior Trinity's Main Programme in Year 8 £980 (326.66 per term)

How can my child access a wind or brass instrument?

We can recommend instrument suppliers that hire or sell instruments to new students. Families for whom financial barriers may be an issue can borrow from a small selection of instruments we have available. Details of how to apply for our instrument loan scheme will be provided once places on Band Time have been confirmed.

We will hold a session in early September for those children joining the programme in Years 4 and 5 to assess their interest in, and suitability for, particular instruments. Advice on which instruments children are best suited to play will be based both on the physical suitability of child to be able to manage certain instruments and on the places available for each instrument. During the first term, children will be assessed on whether the instrument they have chosen is right for them, and offered an alternative if appropriate.

Can my child continue with recorder when they take up a wind or brass instrument in Year 4?

If your child would like to continue recorder lessons, there is the option to take individual lessons with Junior Trinity staff as well as lessons on an orchestral instrument in Band Time.

How to apply

Please complete an application form, or contact [email protected] for more information.