Instrumental lessons can be of great value to everyone. Whether they are being taken for future career reasons or purely for fun, learning an instrument has been proven to enhance a child’s learning in all curriculum areas.

Music lessons at Alec Hunter Academy take place during timetabled lessons for 10 weeks of each term.

Due to the popularity of instrumental lessons we offer a ‘shared lesson scheme’, where possible, so your child can be taught with someone else. This not only benefits your child as far as learning is concerned, but also brings the price down considerably.

The tuition amounts, based on 10 lessons, are as follows:









If you have applied or are in possession of a tuition voucher for your child, the costs are as follows:






10 MINS 




You are eligible to apply for a tuition voucher if you are currently in receipt of income support, income based Job Seekers Allowance or Working/Child Tax Credit. A redeemable tuition voucher is available for the sum of £50.00, valid for one year. You will need to apply online using the following link: Tuition voucher application

Essex Music Services require that all lessons must be signed up for via their online platform, SpeedAdmin.  Please use the following link to apply: Essex SpeedAdmin

A letter from Essex Music Services, together with instructions on how to register, can be downloaded here:

Once you have decided the duration and type of lesson that you want for your child, and the instrument that you want them to learn, you will need to know the name of the tutor who will be giving the lessons. Please use the table below to find the relevant tutor information for your child’s chosen instrument:

Jennifer Dickson

Tim Clapp

Mark Harding

Ian Clay

Caroline Finlay



Acoustic Guitar

Electric Guitar

Electric Bass




Alto Saxophone

Tenor Saxophone



Violin (beginner)


Should you wish your child to receive instrumental lessons, please carefully read the following terms and conditions:

Once you have signed up via the Speed admin system, you will need to complete and return the reply slip as soon as possible and make payment for the lessons:

Payment can be made in the following ways:

  • Use our online, secure payment service ParentPay and return the reply slip below via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Use our online, secure payment service ParentPay, print off the reply slip and return in a sealed envelope marked with your child’s name, tutor group and stating ‘Music Tuition Payment’ to the Finance Office.
  • Pay by cheque payable to Alec Hunter Academy, and return it with the reply slip in a sealed envelope marked with your child’s name, tutor group and stating ‘Music Tuition Payment’ to the Finance office.

Once your child has started lessons, please encourage them to practise and get into a routine, so that they may have the maximum benefit from their lessons. A minimum of 15 minutes per day is usually advised.

If there is an instrument not listed above that your child would like to learn, please let us know and we will attempt to provide tuition. Should your child not possess the instrument that they would like to learn, they are available from Essex Music Services, on a three-month hire/buy scheme.  For more details, please visit the Essex Music Services website.

If you have any queries, please contact Mrs Davies via the school email address or telephone number.

You might also wish to be aware of Instrument Hire that Essex Music Services offer, available through the following links:

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