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  1. Supervision at rehearsals and events
  2. Tips for successful support at home
  3. Hiring or buying instruments
  4. Small group instrumental/vocal tuition parents' evenings
  5. Paying for services
  6. Student's progress and exams

1. Supervision at rehearsals and events


DPA staff are responsible for group members in the same way that school teachers look after members of their class. Each group has a register that is completed at the start of each rehearsal - often a supporting teacher does this without disrupting the rehearsal.
DPA staff are responsible for students once they enter the supervised area. A member of staff will be on hand to ensure that this happens efficiently and safely. At the end of the session students will be dismissed and again a member of staff will supervise.
DPA staff will stay on site until all students have been collected/departed. Many parents choose to wait for students either outside the rehearsal room or near the main entrance to the building. Our direct supervision of students ends as they leave the rehearsal area but staff are on hand to deal with any situations that arise.
It is the parent’s duty to check collection points/times and to take responsibility for children’s transport arrangements.


There are 3 aspects to events – arriving/departing, performing and waiting to perform.
DPA staff will arrive at the venue before the time specified for students. As students arrive they will be allocated a space/waiting area to leave instruments/coats etc. DPA staff supervise these areas for the duration of the concert. For the performance groups will be escorted to the stage and returned to the waiting area for the duration of the event. At the end of the event students will be dismissed from the waiting areas and will meet up with parents. Space is a premium in back stage areas and for practical reasons it is not possible for parents to collect students from within these areas.
As with rehearsals, DPA staff do not supervise car parks/bus stops etc. although in certain venues stewards may be on site. Our staff will remain at the venue until all performers have departed. It is the parent’s duty to check collection points/times and to take responsibility for children’s transport arrangements.


2. Tips for successful support at home

Successful study is a partnership between you, your child and the teachers.
Many parents are eager to be partners but would like some guidance from teachers.
Areas where you can support your child in vocal and instrumental tuition are:
Favourable practice conditions

As students progress in their instrumental or vocal study, they are presented with more difficult problems. The regularity and quality of their practice becomes even more important. Favourable practice conditions include:

  • A scheduled daily practice time (a minimum of 10 minutes per day at the early stages, increasing as progress is made)

  • A music stand and a quiet room, adequately ventilated and lit, with a comfortable temperature

  • Offering praise and encouragement for work that is well done

  • Keeping an eye on daily practice sessions with younger pupils

Instrumental and vocal study

Some aspects of instrumental or vocal study are learnt easily, others need intensive and repeated work. Your understanding and encouragement are vital if difficult hurdles are to be overcome. You should also try and create a musical atmosphere. Performances for friends and family, when they call round, are also a good idea.
Balancing interests

Avoid undue stress on musical work. Trying for a balanced schedule of interests, into which music fits as a natural element, will pay big musical dividends.
Helping directly

Even if you are not musical your direct help in the early stages of instrumental study is vital:

  • Remind your child to practice daily

  • After basic warm-up exercises, remind him/her to practice the new work first

If wrong notes and hesitations keep recurring, suggest practising more slowly, in short sessions, a few bars at a time.

  • Check any practice notes written by the teacher to ensure your child has understood

  • Encourage your child to observe live music wherever possible.

3. Hiring or buying instruments

Dudley Performing Arts has a stock of instruments which, if available, may be hired through your school.

We also operate an assisted purchase scheme to enable parents of our students to purchase instruments VAT free. Various criteria must be met to qualify for the scheme and a handling charge applies for those wishing to use this facility.

Please note: You will be expected to purchase sheet music, tutor books and accessories (such as replacement strings, rosin and valve oil).

4. Parents’ evenings - small group instrumental/vocal tuition

This information is for parents of students receiving small group instrumental/vocal tuition from Dudley Performing Arts.
Parents evenings will take place on the following dates:

  • November 17th 2016 at Netherton Arts Centre, Northfield Road, Netherton DY2 9ER (5pm – 9pm)

  • November 8th 2016 at Saltwells EDC, Bowling Green Road, Netherton DY2 9LY(5pm – 9pm)

Dates for next academic year will be published in September 2017

You are invited to meet your child’s instrumental/vocal teacher on one of the dates above. Your DPA teacher will give each student a letter that includes the times that they are available along with a booking form.

Being a parent of a child learning a musical instrument or singing brings many rewards but can also be confusing, especially for those with little musical experience. By attending a parents’ evening you will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the person who teaches your child. You will get an up-to-date account of your child’s progress and we will be able to answer any questions you may have. Most importantly, you will be able to talk to the teacher about how you can help your child to improve by supporting them at home.
To book an appointment, print off the appointment form and send this with your child to their next lesson. Your teacher will allocate you a time and will return the form via the student.
If you have not been able to make an appointment please ring 01384 813865.  If you are unable to attend at the time you have requested due to unforeseen circumstances please let us know by phone or by emailing dpa.cs@dudley.gov.uk Thank you for your support and we look forward to meeting you.

5. Paying for services

This area of the website is to enable payment for tuition as requested by your school or Dudley Performing Arts. You will need your payment request letter and it is important that you select the correct option to start the process.


6. Student's progress and exams

Students are monitored throughout the year and receive a report at the end of the year. In the Autumn Term parents have the opportunity to discuss a child's progress with DPA teachers at parents’ evening.

DPA staff have many years experience helping students through exams. We are here to help if you have any queries or concerns about the process.

There are opportunities for students to take music examinations by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), RSL Awards (Rockschool), London College and Trinity Guildhall. An examination fee is charged.  

:: More information about exams

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