QYMC — frequently asked questions
What is QYMC?
QYMC stands for ‘Questors Young Musicians Club’. Set up in the 1960s, its main aims are to provide music tuition for a wide range of children and instill a lasting love of music. Lessons are usually in small groups and are held on Saturday mornings at Little Ealing Primary School.
Can anyone have lessons at QYMC?
Yes, providing you’re keen and can attend on Saturday mornings! We cater primarily for children up to 18, although if there is sufficient demand and time available we have been known to run classes for parents.
Where are classes held?
Little Ealing Primary School,
(Near South Ealing Road)
London W5 4EA
Does everyone learn the same things?
No! Each child has a personal timetable suited to what they want to learn, and the level they are at. There are also loads of options to join ensembles, singing groups and the orchestra if you want to.
Classes can be any time between 9.00am and 1.15pm.
What are the lessons like?
Lessons are generally half an hour long, and are given in small groups. We have a team of around fifteen teachers, and every instrument is taught by a specialist.
What are the fees?
Group lessons for 2017 – 2018 are £70 per term. Ensembles are only £20 per term. Introduction to Music I and First Steps are £60 per term. There’s also a termly admin fee of £20 per pupil per term – this pays for hire of the school, admin etc.
Are there any discounts?
For the 3rd (and subsequent) child attending from one family we drop the admin charge. We do have an assisted places scheme for families on low income.
Do you take Childcare Vouchers?
Unfortunately it isn’t possible for us to accept Childcare Vouchers.
Can my child try a class before signing up?
We have an Open Day during the Summer Term so that existing and prospective pupils can have a go at different instruments. We try to offer places for First Steps and Introduction to Music I in the summer term and those offered places are given the opportunity to try a class before the end of the summer term.
Pupils are welcome to come along and have a look on Saturdays throughout the year (please contact us first), but it would be disruptive for prospective pupils to ‘have a go’ in existing lessons.
What are “taster” classes?
Introduction to Music II (for children in Year 1) gives pupils the chance to try 3 different instruments during the year – this is the “taster” element. This class is extremely popular and as pupils graduating from Introduction to Music I are given priority, there are rarely places for pupils joining from outside.
What are ensembles?
Ensembles are groups in which there are several different parts playing together. They give children the opportunity to play a variety of styles of music and are great fun. They are also a good way of practising sight-reading and improving listening skills. There are ensembles for most instruments and there are a variety of standards. For more information check out the ensembles page: ensembles
Who runs QYMC?
The club has a Musical Director and an Administrator, both of whom work for the Club part time. There is an active committee of parents who help steer the Club and contribute very actively. We try to create a friendly atmosphere – everyone (parents, friends, pupils, teachers) mucks in with the work of running the club, so that we can keep costs down, and make it a friendly place for all!
Does QYMC have any links with the Questors Theatre?
In the dim and distant past the two organisations were linked, but now we share only the name and a few pupils.
What do I do next?
You’re welcome to come along on a term time Saturday morning to talk to us in person but please contact us in advance. For more information contact us.