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Welcome Information for Young Beginners!

Monday, August 24, 2020 | Welcome Information

Hello and welcome to our PJC Family! 

Please read the information below before your child's trial lesson. Due to Covid-19, we also ask parents to familiarise themselves with our Risk Assessment (click here to read) in order to keep all our students and their families safe. 


Terms and Conditions

Please sign the terms and conditions before your child attends their trial lesson.  Please click this link to be directed to the form.

Using the Calendar

You should have received an email to set up your password for our online portal.
Your child is now signed up for their chosen lesson slot and you should be able to see this on the calendar once you sign in. 

Watch out for the different locations- Green is for lessons in Baildon BD17 6SZ and Lilac is for Horsforth LS18 5RF. 

If you need to cancel a lesson for whatever reason, you will be issued a 'make up credit'. You can use this credit to sign up for any other group lesson that has an available space.  Please note, as in the policy, lessons cancelled within 24 hours notice will receive no makeup credit.  

We have a full blog post on how to use our make up credits here.

Horsforth Venue Information
Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Horsforth School, Lee Lane East, LS18 5RF

Your entrance is around the back of the school. You can wqlk or drive through the green gate at the top of the drive (with the school on your right and tge AstroTurf on your left). Feel free to park by that back entrance. Please note- that gate doesn't open till 3:55pm.
Your child will be met by PJC and brought down to the Music Room.
Baildon Venue Information
Tuesdays and Sundays
11 Bramham Drive, Baildon, BD17 6SZ

There is on street parking at our Baildon Venue as it is a home studio. Please arrive at the blue front door and give a nice firm knock.
Your child will be met by PJC and brought into to the Music Room. (Please don't arrive early)
On the first day, please feel free to drop your child off quickly, or come in to see the room, say hello and introduce yourself.
Can Parents Stay? 
Parents are not allowed in the music rooms during lesson time. From my experience, children focus better, relax easier and have much more of a good time when their parents are not there, even if that means that the first few minutes are a little bit scary.
Please don't worry if you child is upset when you leave them, we are completely used to it and they are always fine in no time at all.
Equipment
Don't worry about purchasing anything before the lesson. They can borrow one of our books for the trial lesson!
After this, you will receive an invoice that will include the charge for our Young Beginners Starter Pack. This includes:
First Piano Book (orange one)
PJC Book Bag
PJC Pencil
PJC Laminated Flowchat and Cheat Sheet (to help parents support their children at home)
You can also order PJC Uniform for an additional price.

Uniform is not obligatory, but many of our students enjoy wearing one of our T-Shirts or Hoodies for their lesson as they feel important and part of our community. The T Shirts are available to order for £10 each in our PJC colours blue, pink, and orange and have the PJC Music School Logo on the back. They are available in black, white or RAINBOW GLITTER text (which most of our students go for!) Our Hoodies are available in blue or pink with either white matt or rainbow glitter text and are £20. As an extra, you could also get your child's name on the front for £2. Just send PJC an email to order yours today.

Practice at Home
As well as our PJC Flowcharts, we have lots of video guides in our online portal to support you with your child's practice at home. Just go to: 'Online Resources', then 'The PJC Piano Practice Guide for Parents'.
If you already have a piano or a keyboard to practise at home then fantastic! If not, please don't feel that you need to go out and buy a piano! It would be great if you could purchase or borrow a keyboard so that your child can practise all the wonderful things they will learn in the lessons. I have written a detailed blog post here helping parents with the daunting task of finding the right keyboard or piano.

We also have our PJC 'Fast Track' programme for an extra £16.50 per month, which provides bi-weekly support for practice at home.
This programme allows pupils to move through their first two piano books at an even quicker rate, and results in superior progress in ABRSM Exams. Please get in touch or read our blog post to enquire whether your child is suitable for our Fast Track Programme. 



Please get in touch if there are any questions about using the first lesson or about using the online portal.

Many thanks, looking forward to meeting you!

Phillippa ♪