The Beginner Band Scheme at Dubai College
The Beginner Band scheme is an exclusive and exciting opportunity for students in Year 7 to learn an instrument and try it out before fully committing to the expense of buying a new instrument and continuing with one-to-one lessons.
Now in its sixteenth year of success at Dubai College, the school has invested in many different instruments which are loaned out to students on the Beginner Band scheme for two terms of the academic year. Students choose to learn either a woodwind or a brass instrument and are expected to attend their group lessons and band practice each week which culminate in two concert performances at the end of each term.
Most students choose to continue with their instruments into term three on a one to one basis and the scheme successfully feeds into the Training Band, the Intermediate Band, the more advanced Concert Band and the elite Jazz Band.
Student Success Stories
Year 13 students Shaan, Tithira and Amal have all passed their grade 8 saxophone exams having started playing the saxophone in the Beginner Band in Year 7. Alize and Zaina having started playing in the Beginner Band in September are already working towards taking their Grade 2 on Clarinet. Tom (Alum 2020) started saxophone in Year 7 and is now studying at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London on Jazz Saxophone.
The Beginner Band fee includes one year of small group tuition (up to 9 in a group), sheet music, instrument hire and band practice: AED 1,200 (plus VAT) payable at the start of the Academic year.