Kingston Academy Newsletter August 2018

Good afternoon students and parents and friends of the Academy,

Welcome to our first newsletter of the new academic year.

The start of the new year is always a hectic time for all concerned with the Academy as students and tutors settle into new timetables, lessons and relationships. The following paragraphs should help clarify any questions that you may have in advance of September.

Academy Music Day and Concert - Videos

The Academy’s annual concert was part of a special Music Day held at Dalkey Castle on Sunday. 20th May and contributed to the Academic year finishing on a wonderful high ( Short clip of highlights below ).

A Choral Workshop was followed by a masterclass led by Robert Craig, a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York. Both were very beneficial and enjoyed by those that took part.

Undoubtedly, the highlight of the day was the evening concert which was judged by members of the audience to rank among the best the Academy has ever staged. Video coverage of the concert can be viewed by clicking on the links on the Academy’s website.

RIAM Examination Results

The results of the recent Royal Irish Academy of Music examinations have arrived and we’re delighted to tell you that our students have achieved an average pass rate in excess of 85 per cent once again. Some students have excelled with percentages in the 90s and many students taking their first ever music examinations have achieved great success.

The Academy’s tutors and I are very proud and appreciative of the hard work of our students in achieving such outstanding success, in some cases against the odds.

The Academy will be open from Monday 13th August each afternoon for anyone who wishes to come and collect their exam results and finalise paperwork for the next academic year.

Teaching Staff – Update

A second round of interviews has taken place with shortlisted candidates with a view to augmenting the Academy’s teaching staff.  The qualifications and experience of those we have interviewed were of a high standard. Offers have been made and accepted so we’re confident that we will have an enhanced teaching capability for the new academic year.

Details of the Academy’s 2018/19 teaching staff will be on our website as soon as references and security checks have been completed.

Focus on Guitar and Percussion for 2018/19

Guitar and Percussion lessons and related activity will feature in the Academy’s programme for the new academic year starting in September.

The decision to focus on them follows the success of a similar focus on voice lessons and activities in the year just ended.  This culminated in the Masterclasses on 20th May, one of which was conducted by Juilliard graduate Robert Craig – see below.

New experienced tutors have been engaged to deliver lessons in both disciplines.  Both have exciting plans for their subjects.

Anyone interested in taking up classes in guitar and percussion and benefitting from the attention on both should download an enrolment form and submit it as soon as possible.

Enrolment for 2018-19 - Reminder

Enrolment for lessons and courses requires an Academy enrolment form to be completed and signed by parents or guardians and returned to the office with the appropriate deposit or full payment.

When completing the form bear in mind that the more flexible you are in terms of times you are available, the better your chances of securing a place on your course. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis based on the date of receipt of the completed enrolment form. Many courses fill up quickly so early enrolment is encouraged.

Please note that verbal advice to a tutor of the intention to continue a course is insufficient notice of intent, only a completed enrolment form will secure a place.

Fees for 2018/19 and Reduction for Advance Payment

The Kingston Academy of Music is a private business and does not receive any public funding or support from national or local government or from any other source. Like every other business we’re faced with an increasing cost base that is driven by inflation and rising rents, business rates and utility costs in particular that are especially onerous.

Our Advisory Board has reviewed our current and anticipated cost base for the new academic year and decided that the Academy’s tuition fees will remain at the current level.

In order to recover the rising costs associated with everything from utility, rent and rates to downloading original music, photocopying, supplying a range of consumable items from pens and pencils to notebooks, and examination related administration expenses, the Board has decided to introduce an Administration fee for each student attending the Academy.

Fees for 2018/19 are as follows:

  • 30 minute class €30
  • 45 minute class €45
  • Administration fee per student: €85

Deposits

  1. 30 minute lessons: deposit is €120 per person per instrument (equivalent to four lessons at the revised fee of €30 per 30 minute lesson).
  2. 45 minute lessons: deposit is €180 per person per instrument (equivalent to four lessons at the revised fee of €45 per lesson).

Please note that deposits can only be redeemed against payments of the fee due for the second (spring/summer term) 2019 providing all fees due to that date have been paid in full.

For students paying per term, the fee for the first term of 16 classes plus the deposit must be paid on or before the 28th August 2017 at the above rates. A late payment fee of five per cent per week of the outstanding amount will be added to the overdue balance.

View Calendar for the Academic Year 2018-19 (Provisional)

Communications from the Academy

The Academy strives to communicate effectively and frequently with all pupils and parents.  

Communication with adult students and parents is normally direct via email or text message. To facilitate this especially in this era of GDPR legislation, please ensure that the Academy always has up-to-date contact details, including email addresses and mobile telephone numbers.  You are encouraged to check for emails from the Academy and to ensure they are not treated as junk mail by your security software.

In addition, The Academy’s website is updated regularly as are our Facebook and Twitter channels.

If you require any further information about any of the above, please contact the office.

Academy’s Special Anniversary

The Academy will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its foundation in September 2019.  We are working on a programme of events and activities that will take place during the academic year to mark this special milestone.  Watch out for further details, including some special concerts in prestigious venues, in future newsletters.

Audrey McKenna

Director

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