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LPSM Instrumental Programme

LPSM Programme for Instrumental Studies

  • Achieve the goals of the LPSM Instrumental & Musicianship Syllabi

  • Development of Performance Skills

  • Participation in School Ensembles

  • Internal Instrumental and Musicianship Assessments

  • External Examinations

LPSM Instrumental Syllabi

  • A carefully planned programme of study for instrumental training which incorporates guidelines for technical development, choice of repertoire and development of sight-reading skills.

  • Suggestions for the further development of musical awareness and creativity through activities such as improvisation and composition.

  • Consideration of the varying degrees of ability from student to student.

  • Minimum targets which should be achieved by the end of year.

  • Integration of the main requirements of the relevant external examination syllabi therefore ensuring that students are working to internationally recognised standards and are familiar with these requirements in advance of taking any external examinations.

Working consistently through each year of these syllabi will ensure that students develop into well rounded musicians leaving no gaps in their musical education.

LPSM Musicianship Syllabi

  • Musicianship training is a core element of the instrumental programme and for this reason is compulsory for the first seven years of instrumental study.

  • Advanced Musicianship training (post Year 7) is optional but is strongly recommended for students who are taking higher level external examinations or who may be considering studying music at third level.

  • LPSM Musicianship Syllabi for each year of study ensure that students receive a well rounded training and provide goals and targets which must be attained by the end of year assessments.

  • Students in Years 1 to 7 use the LPSM Musicianship Workbooks which will be given to your child at their first class of the yeat. Students will need to bring their workbook to class each week.

Our advice on additional lessons out of LPSM

As Colourstrings Instrumental training uses specialised methods of teaching and a very specific language (especially during the early stages of learning) such as Solfa, Rhythm names, one and two lined stave etc, we strongly advise those beginner instrumentalists and those in the early stages of the Colourstrings approach, should not take up the study of another instrument outside of the school. The study of another instrument using a different approach to teaching the language of music will only confuse the young child and will slow down progress on their instrument at LPSM.


In all cases, we strongly advise parents not to arrange additional lessons with a teacher outside of LPSM on the instrument the child is studying at our school. In our experience, this is always counterproductive as it is too intense for the young child, puts too much pressure on them and leads to confusion and lack of progress through either approach. It also frequently results in the child discontinuing
all lessons.

Taking up an additional instrument

A child should have completed at least three years of study on their main instrument before taking up the study of a second one. If your child is keen to take up a second instrument at LPSM please discuss this with your instrumental teacher as the school has specific policies regarding this.

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