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Welcome to the Dubai College Beginner Band. Exclusive to Year 7 Students, your musical journey starts here...

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 seventeenth 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 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 three concert performances, one 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, Jazz Band Too and the elite Jazz Band.

Instruments you can choose to learn on the Beginner Band Scheme:

  • Flute                            

  • Clarinet

  • Alto Saxophone

  • Tenor Saxophone

  • Oboe

  • Bassoon

  • Trumpet

  • Trombone

  • Euphonium

  • French Horn

  • Tuba

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The Band

Student Success Stories

Three Year 13 students last year - Shaan, Tithira and Amal all passed their grade 8 saxophone having started learning in the Beginner Band in Year 7. All three of them have secured places at top Universities including Cambridge and Yale because of their music! 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. He is now training to be a professional musician.

Fees 2023-2024

The Beginner Band fee includes three terms of small group tuition (up to 9 in a group), sheet music, instrument hire and band practice: AED 1,500 (plus VAT) payable at the start of the Academic year.

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