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Polyphony

Extended Music Opportunities at Jersey College for Girls

In addition to the current instrumental tuition offered by the Jersey Music Service, the JCG Music department has developed Polyphony, an exciting initiative, offering instrumental, vocal and theory tuition to students across all key stages regardless of prior experience and ability. Polyphony is part of the JCG Foundation.

Currently we have a team of 15 experienced and inspiring teachers who offer high quality, specialist lessons in the following:-

Strings Violin, Viola and Cello
Guitar Accoustic and Electric Guitar
Woodwind Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon and Oboe
Brass Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Baritone, Cornet and Tuba
Voice Traditional Singing Lessons and Pop/Rock Singing
Piano For pleasure and/or with exams
Theory Fast track to Grade 5
Percussion Orchestral percussion

Organisation

  • Grades 1 to 7: a 30 minute individual lesson.
  • Grade 8: a 45 or 60 minute individual lesson (subject to agreement).
  • Lessons will operate on a rotating timetable for all year groups.

Charges

  • 30 minute individual lesson – £22.50 per lesson
  • 45 minute individual lesson – £34 per lesson
  • 60 minute individual lesson – £44 per lesson

Application Form

  • Terms and Conditions

    • I am happy for my contact details to be given to my daughter’s Polyphony Tutor
    • I understand If a teacher is unable to attend a lesson the time will either be made up, or a refund will be given.
    • I understand that is my child is unable to attend a lesson, no refund will be given except in the case of a JCG/JCP organised activity in which case the student/parent must give their tutor or the Polyphony administrator 72 hours written notice. This can be by email to [email protected]
    • I understand that in the event of school closure due to inclement weather or other conditions beyond our control, a refund will not be given.
    • I understand that JCG will invoice me termly in advance and lessons will not continue if payment is not received by the due date. A 10% surcharge will be added to late payments.
    • I understand that if I wish to cancel tuition I am required to give half a terms notice. Notice can be given by email to [email protected]
    • I understand that if my child attends JCG, Polyphony is not able to accommodate requests for my child to not be withdrawn from certain curriculum lessons. The exception to this would be where class exams are scheduled and the usual 72 hours written notice will be required.
    • I understand that lessons will be scheduled throughout the school day on a rotating timetable. We unable to accommodate requests to have lessons only coincide with break and lunch times.

Polyphony Tutors

Nikki Baudains – Voice
Photo Here Nikki’s especially background is in finance, but she has always had a passion for music, singing. Having been a member of the Holmchase Singers since 1985, her hobby became her profession in 2006 when she completed her ABRSM teaching diploma. She then began teaching Singing and Music Theory privately and went on to gain her ACTL qualification in 2011. She has also been part of the peripatetic music staff of St. Michael’s School since 2007.
Hannah Campbell – Voice (Pop)
Photo Here Hannah, an ex JCG pupil, graduated from the London School of Musical Theatre where she was trained by one of the West End's leading vocal coach's, Toni Pedretti A.R.S.M.  As a professional singer Hannah has supported Will Young, Beverley Knight, Olly Murs & Alexandra Burke and recorded vocals on Joe McElderry's Album SMILE and the X-Factor Finalists show, 2011.  Since returning to Jersey she has established herself as a professional singer in a number of successful local bands including 'Honeybun', 'ABBALOO', 'Inside Job', 'Optimistic Voices' and 'RoodMood'.
Emmanuelle Dumas – Cello
Photo Here Born in Montauban, France, Emmanuelle studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since moving to Jersey in 2004 with Chris George, following completion of the Masters course, they have together initiated various musical activities on the island and together they manage the Jersey Academy of Music. Recent alumni successes include two cellists awarded entry into Chetham's School of Music. Emmanuelle also teaches cello at St Michael's School, Beaulieu Convent School and JCG Prep.
Sian Goldhawk – Voice
Photo Here Mrs Goldhawk attended City University, London and studied voice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has sung for the London Symphony Chorus, and most recently performed in the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. Sian has had the privilege of performing under world renowned conductors including Sir Colin Davies, Sir Simon Rattle and Eric Whitacre. Sian joined the staff of JCG in 2014 as librarian and exams officer. She has involved herself fully in the musical life of the College, helping with JCGlee rehearsals and singing with the Chamber Choir. Sian is very passionate about helping young people to understand and develop their voice in order to reach their full potential as both singers and performers.
Katherine Grant – Piano, Flute and Theory
Photo Here A local girl, Katherine studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire and Royal Academy of Music. She pursued a freelance career as a flautist before undertaking a PGCE in Secondary Music at the Institute of Education (UL). Her education experience includes peripatetic teaching, KS3, GCSE and A level classroom teaching and general music tuition at infant and junior level. She was Head of Music at a local secondary school from 2004 until 2010.
Emma Hayward – Piano and Theory
Photo Here Emma started teaching the piano in 2001 and completed the ABRSM Teaching Diploma in 2005. Her favourite part of the job is helping students develop their own musical styles and interests as she believes that making music shouldn't just be about taking exams. She runs a thriving private practice in addition to her work at JCG.
Eva Hsieh - Percussion 
Photo Here Eva studied percussion at the Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal College of Music, London. She has won numerous soloist competitions and given many concerto performances with orchestras across the UK. Eva has experience as a percussion and piano teacher working for the Derbyshire Music Partnership, and since moving to Jersey in 2013 she has been working to develop percussion playing in a number of local schools. She is currently teaching percussion and piano at St Michael’s Prep school, Jersey Academy of Music, JCG Prep and VCP where she also coaches the percussion ensemble “TWIGZ”.
Helen Reid - Flute
Photo Here Mrs Reid is a vastly experienced freelance teacher of woodwind; having worked initially at JCG she then became the flute teacher for the Jersey Instrumental Service and most recently has been the senior woodwind specialist at St Michael's School. Whilst at school Mrs Reid had flute lessons at the Welsh College of Music and Drama before moving to London to continue her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Middlesex Polytechnic. ​She regularly plays in many local shows, orchestras and bands and we are looking forward to welcoming her to teach with Polyphony at JC Prep and JCG.​
Sarah Le Fondre – Oboe
Photo Here A former student of JCG, Sarah achieved a 1st class Honours degree in ‘Music and Business Administration’. Since returning she has combined private oboe teaching with full time employment and, more recently, caring for her young children. Her emphasis is on adapting lessons to suit the individual in order to inspire musical enjoyment and develop personal confidence through playing. She is a committed oboe and ‘Cor Anglais’ player in the Jersey Symphony Orchestra amongst other ensembles.
Pippa Lumbard – Brass
Photo Here Born in Jersey, Pippa studied the French Horn at Trinity College of Music, gaining both undergraduate & postgraduate diplomas in performance, plus a Licentiate in Brass Teaching. During her time in London she taught Brass and coached ensembles in many UK schools as well as working for Hertfordshire & Brent music services, and also working for a period of time in event management at the Royal Albert Hall. Since returning to Jersey 8 years ago Pippa teaches Brass and coaches ensembles at many of the private schools on the island, including at St Michael’s, St George's, JCG, Beaulieu & De La Salle.
Julie Millow - Piano and Violin
Photo Here Julie studied piano and violin at the London College of Music before returning to Jersey to begin teaching in 1994. Since then she has taught privately and in several local schools and has also been in demand as an accompanist. Although not a full time member of a band, Julie can be seen deputising for various local ensembles and has been very involved in amateur dramatics in the island, regularly playing for shows.
Louise Risby – Piano
Photo Here Louise studied Music at Manchester University, and went on to achieve the Dip. ABRSM in Piano Teaching and the Advanced Certificate in Piano Performance. She moved to Bermuda in 1994, working for many years at the Bermuda School of Music, and also as an accompanist and orchestral percussionist. After also living in Gibraltar for several years, Louise moved to Jersey in April 2010, with her husband and two children. She regularly works as an accompanist for choirs, for exam students and has played piano and keyboards for many musicals in Jersey for The Green Room Club, JADC, Timpanali and Drama Lab.
Liz Shea – Voice
Photo Here Liz studied music at City University, London where she had the privilege of studying both voice and violin at the Guildhall School of Music. She is a professional singer-songwriter whose versatility and musicianship has enabled her to sing both classical and popular repertoire professionally, both on national television and radio. She returned to singing teaching after a break with her family and is passionate about enabling young singers to develop sound technique and in the process enjoy releasing their voice’s full potential.
Steven Thomas – Clarinet & Saxophone
Photo Here Steven studied clarinet and saxophone at the Birmingham Conservatoire for 4 years specialising in teaching and performing, winning the chamber music competition in his final year as part of a clarinet quartet. On completion of the course he continued at Bath completing a PGCE. His first teaching appointment was as Head of Music in an upper comprehensive and he has also taught in Jamaica, in Cayman Brac as the music specialist and in Hereford as Head of Music for the past 12 years. It was here that in 2009 he was recognised by the Pearson Teaching Awards as being the best Secondary School Teacher in the West Midlands. His musical experiences/tastes are varied, from playing under Sir Simon Rattle to performing in the Kingston Jazz Club in Jamaica, but it is working with young people that he feels is his vocation and he says, “It is a pleasure to be teaching at JCG.”
Phil Vibert – Rhythm Guitar
Photo Here Phil attended The Musicians’ Institute in California and graduated with an Associate Degree. Phil was fortunate enough during his time in the States to be taught by and play with some of the world’s most respected guitarists including Brett Garsed, Danny Gill and Scott Henderson. Since returning to Jersey, Phil has taught privately and in several local schools.

How does it work?

At JCG, the Polyphony instrumental, vocal and theory tuition is based on weekly rotational timetables with lessons scheduled throughout the school day.  We recommend that no more than a total of 2 instrumental lessons are scheduled during the school day to avoid missing too many academic lessons.

What to expect from the Polyphony Staff?

  • A timetable of Polyphony lessons prior to the start of lessons – a paper copy and by email. Timetables are also displayed on the Polyphony notice board outside music room C2 (Bandroom).
  • Well prepared lessons starting at the scheduled time.
  • Encouragement and clear guidelines of how much practice is required and which areas to practise for the following lesson. It is a good idea for the student to provide a notebook for this purpose or alternatively they can use their school planner if they bring them to their lessons.
  • If a tutor is absent, a notice will be displayed in the music department during the day and any lessons missed will be rescheduled in the first instance; if this is not possible by the end of the term then a credit or refund will be due to you.
  • Rescheduled lessons will be posted on the Polyphony notice board and emailed to you.
  • Recommendations for exam entry after discussion with the student and parent.
  • Recommendations for theory lessons where appropriate.
  • Recommendations for joining an appropriate ensemble – it is expected that students having instrumental/vocal lessons at JCG will join an ensemble as recommended by their instrumental tutor and/or the music department staff.

What is expected of Students and Parents?

  • Regular practice between lessons – the amount and time will vary between instruments and grade levels. Your tutor will advise the appropriate amount for your level.
  • Payment of the term’s lessons in advance. Invoices will be sent requesting payment by the first week of term and late payments will incur a 10% surcharge.
  • Attend lessons at the scheduled time, having allowed time to sign out at the school office and collect their instrument/ music etc.
  • Attend an extra-curricular ensemble as recommended by your tutor or the music department staff. NB there are opportunities for pianists within some ensembles.
  • Advise the administrator of any change in email address.
  • Advising the tutor or administrator immediately (but with a minimum of 72 hours notice) of any school activity that might clash with a Polyphony lesson. Please note that no refunds will be given for lessons not attended by the students except in the case of a College organised activity in which case the student must give 72 hours written notice.  This can be by email to the Polyphony Administrator.  If less than 72 hours notice is given, it may be possible to try to rearrange the lesson but if this is not possible then no refund will be due.

Other Terms and Conditions

  • In the event of school closure due to inclement weather or other conditions beyond our control, a refund will not be given
  • Cancellation of tuition – all students will be expected to complete a full term of lessons with notice to stop to be given by the half term prior to stopping. Failure to do so will incur a charge equivalent to the following half term of tuition.  Notice can be given by email.
  • Polyphony is not able to accommodate requests not to be withdrawn from certain curriculum lessons. The exception to this would be where class exams are scheduled and the usual 72 hours written notice will be required.