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Information for parents and young people

Dudley Performing Arts (DPA) has long been at the forefront of music education in the Dudley borough, both in the classroom and other community settings.

We offer opportunities for absolute beginners and players of all grades and abilities.

We work in partnership with schools and colleges to ensure the best possible opportunities for children and young people by helping students to develop skills and take part in performance groups.

We offer a wide range of activities for whole classes, small groups and individuals. Our staff are professionals dedicated to specialising in instrumental and vocal teaching.

Instruments that we teach

  • Brass: baritone, cornet, euphonium, French horn, tenor horn, trombone, trumpet, tuba.
  • Contemporary: bass guitar, classical guitar, drum kit, keyboard, orchestral percussion, electric guitar.
  • Strings: cello, double bass, viola, violin.
  • Vocal: voice – all ages and styles.
  • Woodwind: bassoon, clarinet, flute, oboe, recorder, saxophone, fife.

Dudley Music Education Hub performance groups

Through our Dudley Music Education Hub we provide opportunities for children and young people to be involved in regular performance activities. We believe this is a vital part of a child’s musical tuition and enhances their musical development. 

Dudley Music Education Hub 

Resources for Parents


Bravo tutorial books - written by DPA staff for a variety of instruments.

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.

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).

Parents’ evenings - small group instrumental/vocal tuition

You will be invited to meet your child’s instrumental/vocal teacher. 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.

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.