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Highfields Primary School

Musical Opportunities

At Highfields we offer a wide range of extra curricular musical opportunities. We provide one to one music tuition for a range of instruments as well as musical groups such as our school band, choir and recorder ensembles. Obviously due to current restrictions we are have had to rethink how we offer tuition for singing and wind/brass intruments. We are  still offering tuition but making sure that group sizes are limited and children play in a socially distanced way in a well ventilated space.


Our school Key Stage 2 Choir will under current guidlines  be split into two groups. Dates and times for this will be confirmed shortly.   The children love the opportunity to sing as a group and learn songs with different parts and actions. We have so many keen singers that those showing particular flair have also been encouraged to sing more challenging pieces in an extra group called Mini Girl's Vocal. 

We do offer Year 2 choir in the Spring term this will be confirmed in the new year.


Individual music lessons are offered to children in Year 3-6.  We offer music lessons in Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Trumpet, Piano, Singing and Drums.  As children progress with their  ability they are invited to join our KS2 school band, this is on a Thursday morning before school.


Individual music lessons cost £78.00 a term for 10 lessons each week for 15 minutes.  You will need to make your own arrangements for your child to have use of an instrument, Essex Music Services or Manns Music have an excellent hire scheme.

If you are in receipt of Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance, Working Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit (subject to certain criteria) then you may be entitled to and should apply for Instrumental Tuition Discount which is £50.00 per term towards the cost of the lessons.


If you are interested in your child joining any of these opportunities please contact Lou Riddlestone in the school office on 01206 392223 or email



Individual Music Tuition:

Nina Greenwood- Thursdays - Woodwind (including flute, clarinet and saxophone)

Kate Watson - Tuesdays - Drums

Susie Hyman - Mondays & Fridays - Singing and piano (MGV - Fridays), KS2 Choir

Anne Ruddock - First Access for Year 4 children in groups, Group Woodwind, Trumpet, Band


Extra Curricular Clubs:

School Band - Thursday mornings before school 8.15am

School Choir - Monday after school TBC


First Access


We are lucky to receive funding from Essex Music Services for our Year 4 children to receive a term of 'free' music group tuition from one of our visiting peripatetic music teachers.  Children get chance to start to play a Trumpet, Clarinet or Flute during this time  which enhances the music provision in our school.


Small group lessons are offered to the children at a later date with a subsidized cost if they wish to continue with progression on either the Flute, Trumpet or Clarinet.