I-Play Music Standards of Admission Policy 2022 to 2023

Learning how to play or sing your music to a high standard and with utmost passion, requires a certain level of commitment and unsupervised practise. Practise is essential and it is an integral part of learning any musical instrument. The I-Play Music Standards of Admission Policy is centred on students enrolling for musical instrument lessons and performing at events. In doing so, it is imperative to understand, that you the student must put in the necessary homework practise, to do well throughout your time at I-Play Music; it is not a place for those not intending to apply themselves.


Every September to December individuals will experience learning on a two-to-one basis. Primary school age students will enjoy 60 minutes of learning with one other student. Secondary to adult students will enjoy 90 minutes of learning again with one other student. Every last week in December and every first week return in January, all students will be working through their homework diaries. The above is in preparation for mock exams in February and the RSL Awards exams in March. From April and throughout the summer term, the focus is on performances including small and large band rehearsals.

 

The Initial Assessment.

During the initial assessment, the factors we take into consideration when accepting candidates as students are: -

  1. Being prepared to do homework and to commit to practising using an arranged schedule for the entire year

  2. Wanting to learn how to play and perform with the musical instrument of their choice at the Concert and Presentation Awards

  3. Being prepared to sign-up to our student portal and check weekly for homework and any important news bulletins

  4. Accepting the Learning Diary as the most important document and to bring it to or login to if online, to all lessons and band rehearsals.

Candidates will also be assessed to see whether they: -

  1. Have the ability to carry out instructions with minimum fuss

  2. Have the ability to concentrate/focus on the activity or task presented by the tutor over a period of 15 to 20 minutes

  3. Are demonstrating the right aptitude and attitude for learning

  4. Have the willingness to try different approaches to learn a skill, to aid or speed up learning

Once we all agree with the outcome of the assessment, we expect you the parent or you the student if 18 or over to: -

  1. Enrol through completing the Application & Registration Form ideally in the presence of a member of the IPM SLT

  2. Once enrolled and started, apply total commitment to your course for the duration of your time at IPM  

  3. Demonstrate understanding of the criteria for study including the use of Learning Diary, use of the Student Portal and online Homework and Practise Diaries, the important necessity of taking video mock exams, and preparing for and performing at the Concert and Presentation Awards set in the second or third week in July each year.

Applying for a Music Course at I-Play Music

We take students from the age of 10 and we cater for the complete novice right through to the advanced student who may feel the need to improve their techniques for music performances. Applications for our courses run the last two-weeks of May. This year it is from Monday 15th to Saturday 17th and, Monday 22nd to Friday 27th May 2023. To apply for music lessons, please visit our contact page and complete the online form including your phone number. The information you provide will enable a member of the I-Play Music Admin Team to contact you and setup a workshop session.

Completing the Application & Registration Form

The Application & Registration form will need to be completed fully with no omissions and presented or sent to a member of the IPM SLT. This is usually carried out during the taster lesson so that if there are any questions, they can be answered then. Lesson allocation maybe arranged, and the Tutor Admin Officer will talk about the settling in period and other important factors such as student expectations. The Application & Registration form will be scanned, and a copy sent by email to the responsible person who signed it; the original Application & Registration Form will be used for the purposes intended only and filed away securely by I-Play Music Ltd. The person who signs the Application & Registration Form will be responsible for all tuition and exam fees. 

 

Making the First Payment​

Our academic payment terms run from the initial enrolment month which this year, begins on Monday 15th August 2022 through until the 15th of July the following year. The procedure for monthly payments is different if starting late in September. The first is a double payment and is due at the start of September until the 15th day of that month. Booking a taster lesson can be applied for at any time during the summer term.  


The first three years of study are essentially the most important time of acquiring a solid foundation of techniques related to the instrument of study. It must be stressed here that this is often overlooked by students studying with us, that is why we constantly run assessment sessions. Being a Rockschool Approved Examination Centre, learning resources are supplied for every study program we offer, including our own. All stages include learning three performance songs with technical exercises and Practical theory combined.

More detailed information on all courses can be found in the Courses page at www.iplaymusic.org