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Peripatetic Music Tuition

Peripatetic Music Lessons for Summer Term start week commencing 23rd April 2018

Peripatetic Music Tuition


In September 2016 we started our Peripatetic Music tuition in partnership with Dorset Music Service as we believe that as many children as possible should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument in school.  Doing so can be fun, rewarding and can improve confidence too. Pupils will receive an annual report on their progress in lessons and have the opportunity to complete gradings and exams.


We offer tuition for the following instruments: 

  • Electric, bass and classical guitar                                  
  • Violin and cello
  • Clarinet, saxophone and flute
  • Drums
  • Piano and keyboard
  • Vocals.                                                                




Music tuition takes place during the school day, avoiding Maths and English as these are key lessons.  Where possible (allowing for tutor availability and timetabling) we try to rotate music tuition every term, so that the same lessons are not missed throughout the school year.



Tuition and Cost

Peripatetic Music Tuition is taught on a term by term basis consisting of 10 lessons per term.  

Click here for Tuition Calendar.


From September 2018, the cost will be £65 per term which is payable through ParentPay.  Please note that pupils are only allowed to learn one musical instrument.


The next intake for music tuition will be for the Autumn term starting in September 2018. If you would like your child to take up or continue with an instrument, a letter will be sent home at the end of the summer term for you to complete and return to the school.  A copy of the letter can be found on the website.  


Once a place has been arranged for your child you will be contacted to confirm payment. Please be aware that you are expected to ensure that music tuition is attended throughout the term and that we require an entire term’s notice should you wish to cancel the tuition.



Musical Instruments

Pupils are required to have their own musical instrument to bring to school and for practice at home.

Instruments can be purchased from any good music retailer or if this is not an option, Dorset Music Service  offers a hire service.  Please click here for further details.  

If you are unsure of which size or type of instrument is suitable, most music retailers will be happy to offer advice and let you try instruments for size.



For further information or any  queries  about Peripatetic Music please email


The Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme (AIPS)


What is it?

This is a scheme that allows parents / carers to buy musical instruments without paying VAT, which is a saving of 20%. This is applicable to schools that are funded through the Local Education Authority  (LEA) and are therefore allowed to reclaim the VAT paid on instruments. 


How the scheme works.

Lockyer’s Middle School is part of this scheme and can, therefore, offer the discount.


We can provide you with a list of local retailers who are part of the AIPS scheme so that you are able to visit them to get advice and be able to choose the instrument you need.


Once you have an instrument in mind and know the cost you will need to complete an application form, which is available from the school website to download, and return it to the school along with payment (not forgetting to exclude the VAT), for the instrument of choice. The invoice will show the total cost including the VAT but this is so that the school are able to claim back the VAT.


Cheques should be made payable to Lockyer’s Middle School. Please note that we cannot process any orders until we have received full payment.


We will then send the request to our AIPS music supplier who will fulfil the order and deliver the instrument to school.  Once delivered, we will inform parents/carers that the instrument can be collected from School.


Upon collection, the instrument becomes the property of the pupil and any issues after purchase will need to be addressed directly with the retailer.



To qualify for the VAT free instrument:


  • The pupil must be attending Lockyer's Middle School
  • The pupil must be receiving music tuition for the instrument from one of the visiting Dorset Music Service tutors or other professional music teacher
  • The instrument must be suitable for the pupil's needs
  • The instrument must be portable
  • Lockyer's Middle School must place the order for the instrument and payment must be recevied before it is then collected by the parents / carers.



Letters and Other Useful Information
We are pleased to announce that we converted to Academy Status as part of Wimborne Academy Trust on 1st July 2018 and that we have been awarded Unicef’s Gold Rights Respecting School Award