Launching the Instrumental lessons for 2016-2017

Instrumental lessons: El Alsson FAQ’s


How do I request lessons?

Take a consent form to Miss Ola in Primary reception. You can collect one from Miss Ola or print one from the bottom of this document.


How much are lessons?

100 LE per lesson payable in advance in half termly blocks.

For example, to start lessons in term one (Weeks 5 -9         25 September 2016 – 27 October 2016) the cost will be 500 LE for 5 lessons and needs to be paid just after the Eid break (25-29 September).

Once you have agreed to take the lessons you are committed to take them and the fees cannot be refunded unless you give two weeks’ notice.


How do I pay?

Miss Ola In primary Reception. Money can be paid directly to her and she will arrange your lessons.


When do I pay?

Payment should be made one week before the beginning of a teaching block. Paying later causes many problems including the timetabling and ensuring that we have the teacher in place at the right time.


Can I have a trial lesson?

A trial lesson can be arranged with one week’s notice. It costs the same as all other lessons – 100 LE. – But does not commit you to continuing.


How many lessons do I need?

Music is not like a driving test. It is one of the most exciting things that you will do and you will continue to do for the rest of your life. Your learning has no end and you decide when you have had enough lessons. Obviously, the more you work and the more you learn the better to you will be.  You choose.


How will I know when my lessons are?

Once you have paid for the lessons, Miss Ola will organize your timetable and send you a copy. This will be published on the notice board showing the lesson time and which room it will be in.

In primary a matron will come, collect the student and also take the student back afterwards.

In secondary, it is the student’s responsibility to let his or her subject teacher know in advance and take themselves to the lesson.


What happens if I am ill and cannot make my lesson?

Your teacher has been booked. He or she has prepared for your lesson, driven in and taken time off from doing other work. You still have to pay. BUT…..

Phone the day before and/or send an email. Ola can often reschedule the lessons so you do not lose out.  If you leave it until the morning there is nothing we can do. We always try to ensure you receive all lessons.


What will happen if my teacher is ill?

At the beginning of the day you will be informed. Go to your normal lessons and your teacher will make up for the missed lesson at another time or you will be refunded.


Can I play electric guitar?



Is there any instrument I cannot play?

In principle, any instrument is possible, but we have to find a suitable teacher and this can be a problem at times. For example, we have not come across anybody who teaches Irish bagpipes – but then we do not know anybody that wants to play that. More common instruments such as Saxophone, Oud, Harmonica, or Tuba might be easier. We will endeavor to find an appropriate instructor.


How will I know what progress I am making?

Each visiting teacher records very briefly what has been covered in a lesson. This information is kept in a file which can be looked at by anybody interested. Each student is also given a ‘practice book’ in which notes are made about what they need to practice and what they have covered. They keep this book with them to take home and to bring to each lesson. It also serves as a communication between the teacher and the parent.


When can I start?

Our teaching schedule is divided into 5 blocks which closely match half terms in the school year.

Week 5 -9           25 September 2016 – 27 October 2016                 (Not 3 Oct. Not 6 Oct)

Week 12 – 17     13 November 2016 – 22 December 2016              (Not 12 Dec)

Week 21 – 25     15 January 2017 – 16 February 2017                      (Not 19 Jan. Not 25 Jan)

Week 28 – 32      5 March 2017 –   6 April 2017

Week 36 – 39      30 April 2017 – 25 May 2017                                    (Not 1 May)

If you have chosen an instrument for which we do not currently have a teacher, we will contact you as soon as we find one.


Which lessons do I miss?

You will be given a timetable guaranteeing you will not miss more than one lesson per subject each half term. If you have any free periods or wish to have a lesson in the lunch break we will try and fit you in there but this is not always possible.


There are some subjects I never want to miss.

Unfortunately we do not have the flexibility to promise this.


How much time should I practice at home?

Doing no practices will mean each lesson is a bit like starting again. This is boring for you and for the teacher. The more you practice the quicker you will progress and the music will become increasingly interesting and exciting. Technically, the bare minimum is 15 minutes a day.


Do I have to learn how to read music first?

No. Your teacher will decide on a suitable strategy for learning to read music.


 I only want to play rock. Is that all right?



Can I practice in school?

In secondary we have three practice rooms. These can be booked out by contacting David Eyres. Drum kits, guitar amplifiers, bass amplifiers microphones and PA can be arranged. You need to use your own instruments such as guitars, leads etc. We do not provide leads.


 I do not have an instrument, can I borrow one?

You are expected to provide your own instruments for the lessons. These can be bought from any music shop.  We are negotiating with a trusted music shop to arrange for hire directly, but it is generally cheaper to buy the instrument yourself and in the event of this student stopping, resell to other pupils. The school does have some Spanish guitars that can be borrowed providing you put new strings on them. There is a deposit of 150LE required and this can be fully refunded when the instrument is returned in a suitable condition. We also have some violins which can be borrowed with a deposit of 150 LE. There is no need to replace the strings on the violins.


 What do I have to bring to my lessons?

Your instrument is essential. Your music practice book and any music or notes. Everything else depends upon what your teacher requires.


What happens if I didn’t enjoy my lessons and I would like to stop?

You must give 2 weeks’ notice.


I have had one lesson, but now I have changed my mind.

Your payment for the lessons is nonrefundable. You must give two weeks’ notice to stop. It is recommended, however, that you attend all your allocated sessions.


Can I learn more than one instrument?

Although we would love to have you learning more than one instrument, it would probably require removing you from too many academic lessons and your whole education is important. Except in very special circumstances this will not be possible.


What is the best instrument for me to learn?

You choose. You will improve much better playing something that excites you and allows you to develop passion.




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Kindly sing up maximum by Tuesday September 20th.



Launching the New El Alsson Website

Dear Parents,

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new website! After months of hard work and dedication, we are delighted to officially announce the launch today October 12th, 2016 @2pm. The new sitehas the same url but a slightly different look, same structure and up to date functionality.

Our goal with this new website is to be up to date with a more modern website which is responsive and interactive. The new website gives you a better interface when you access it via any mobile device or tablet.

Amongst the new features the site contains integrated social media buttons for Facebook and Twitter to foster improved communication and to allow users to share the content directly from the website. We will be constantly updating our content with School Announcements, Letters, News and Articles so please check the website frequently and make sure you like our Facebook page.

We hope you find the new website with a fresh look, easy to access information and we also wish to establish this portal as a source of information for those who visits our site.


Please note that as the new website launches today, some users may still find the old interface appearing to them. This will take from two to three days until the cache memory of each device clears and accepts the new interface.

The coming phase will be sort of a testing phase. We may find glitches or errors. Please keep us informed and let us know asap on 

Thanking you always for your support.


The Marketing Department

Welcoming the NEW PSA 2016-2017

Dear Parents,

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Parent School Association representatives and wish them the best of luck in academic year 2016-2017.

We had elections taking place for the Middle School Section which has resulted in a 37% for Ms. Nora Orkhan as opposed to a 63% for Ms. Alexandra Harrison. Congratulations Ms. Harrison and thank you to both parents for applying and wanting to be part of the PSA.

As of today, the full Parent School Association is in effect, Please find below the names and emails of your representatives:

Ms. Nadine Beshr Kenawy representing FS1 and 2-
Ms. Nahla Samaha representing Yrs 1and 2 – 
Ms. Marwa Osman representing Key Stage 2 –
Ms. Eman Hany representing Key Stage 3 –
Ms. Salma Wahdan representing Elementary School –
Ms. Alexandra Harrison representing Middle School –
Mr. Mohamed Madih representing High School –
Ms. Manal Olama representing KS4/5 –


A Special Discount for El Alsson on all Wellspring Camps

Dear parents and staff members,

We are happy to announce that Wellspring Egypt has made a generous exclusive offer strictly for Alssonians and Alsson staff for a 15% discount on all local camps and 10% discount on all international camps.

On Behalf of Wellspring Egypt, please find below the list of camps

Our last mother and child camp of the year is just around the corner! Don’t miss this opportunity to bond with your children in a more emotional way! Camp will be held from Dec. 8-10 at our Beit el Wadi location for children ages 8-12. Price:2100 L.E
for extra child 500 L.E
To register please visit our website at or call us at 02-22706262 or 01280811185.


We are excited to announce our next Father and Child camp happening Jan. 12-14 at our Beit El Wadi location. This camp will allow fathers and children the opportunity to love, understand, and bond with one another on a whole new level! Children ages 8-16 are welcome to join us for a beautiful time at camp! Price:2100 L.E for extra child 700L.E
For more information please visit our website at or call us at 02-22706262 or 01280811185.


3)Winter Day camp :
Now until the end of November receive a special rate on our Winter Day Camps! We are offering two separate weeks of fun in two locations! The first week will be from Dec. 25 – Dec. 29 in New Cairo and 6th of October City. Week two will be held from Jan. 1-5 in both locations. Both camps will serve children ages 4-12, so sign up now at our website   or call us at 02-22706262 or 01280811185.