Here's what you need to know...
How old does my child need to be to join Pied Pipers?
Pied Pipers is aimed at young school aged children in KS1 (usually 5 - 8 years old). If your child is keen and falls just outside this bracket, please do get in touch and ask for more details.
How much does Pied Piper membership cost?
Pied Piper Membership is just £25a month, payable in advance by direct debit or standing order. This includes a place at all of our face to face group sessions, our bespoke music tracks and access to our 'Play at Home' activities online. Our memberships are payable monthly to help members reduce and spread the cost, which does mean that some months memberships will be paid even though it is the school holidays or very few sessions are being delivered that month.
Does my child need their own recorder.
Yes. Children will need their own recorder. Pied Pipers recommends the Yamaha 'ecodear' YRS-402B recorder. It is by far the best beginner recorder around and makes a lovely mellow tone (banish those squeaky tones!) and is superbly easy for small children to play.
How long are the sessions?
Pied Piper music sessions are usually 40 minutes long. This gives us time for a good warm up, exploration of new skills and music and sharing of ideas and music making games as a team. In some venues, and in accordance with current guidelines, the session length may be shortened to allow for social distancing and enhanced cleaning to take place.
Do you run taster sessions?
We're so confident that your child will love the musical activities at Pied Pipers that we do not run taster sessions. Sometimes it can take young children a few sessions to get into a new routine and make new friends so we always encourage parents and carers to talk with the group leader if they have any worries at all. Most children can't wait to continue playing at home and share what they have done in group the next week!
Where are the sessions held?
Our sessions are held in local community venues and you can find a list of our current groups (including the RAINBOW stages available at each location) on our Find a Group page.
What do I do if my child can't make one of the sessions?
Please drop us an email if you know in advance that your child will be missing a session. If they can't attend in person they will still be able to access some of the activities and tutorials using the 'Play at Home' activities online so that they can keep up to speed for when they come back the next week.
How quickly will my child progress through the stages?
On average a Pied Piper's group will gain a badge for completing a RAINBOW stage every 5 - 7 weeks. This means most children will have completed the Pied Pipers Beginner Course in one year and be ready to take their next steps - whether that is a graded music exam on the recorder, joining our Pied Pipers Recorder Ensemble or exploring an orchestral instrument once they are big enough.
Will my child automatically move up to the next stage?
Yes. Provided you, your child and the group leader are happy your child will move through the stages with their team automatically. Pied Piper Membership is a rolling membership so your child will naturally continue with their progress week on week, month on month.
Can my child skip a stage, or jump up a group?
We like to keep our Pied Pipers together in their teams where possible. We believe in harnessing the power of collaborative learning and our activities are carefully designed to allow children to work at their own level with harder and easier options embedded within every stage.
My child has some learning or physical disabilities, can they still take part?
Of course! We want as many children to have the opportunity to experience the joy of playing music as possible. Our staff are all trained to cater for a range of learning abilities and our resources can be easily adapted and accessed by children with SEN/D. Please get in touch using our contact form to discuss your child's needs in more detail with us so that we can make sure the session is accessible for everyone.
What should my child wear?
Children should wear appropriate comfortable clothing and this could be school uniform if you are coming to a session straight from school.
Are the sessions fully insured?
All Pied Pipers Music Sessions are fully insured and cover both public accident and public liability. All our staff hold an enhanced DBS check and have received training in Child Safeguarding and the Prevent Duty.
Where can I find a copy of your privacy and safeguarding policies?