The Endangered Instrument Scheme
Due to the cost and difficulty of learning the Oboe, Bassoon and Tuba, Music Academy for Schools is offering a scholarship to students wishing to learn these instruments.
The instruments are purchased by Music Academy for Schools with the support of donations and sponsorship and are loaned to the students free of charge, all you need to pay for is the tuition!*
Places are limited, so interested students must complete an application form (download here or call 01283 544888), which will be followed by a short interview. Successful candidates will be taught by a specialist teacher on their chosen instrument. Unsuccessful candidates will be kept on file until more places become available.
*Reeds, oils, music books, other accessories and repairs must be paid for by the student. The instrument remains the property of Music Academy for Schools LLP.
• The lowest member of the brass family.
• Compared to other brass instruments, the tuba is a fairly modern instrument. It was invented in 1835 and replaced the ophicleide.
• Tubas come in a variety of pitches ranging from the deep bass of the extremely rare subcontrabass tuba to the much higher pitched tenor tuba.
• Common tuba composers include: Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Williams and Edward Gregson.
• The tuba can be found playing in many ensembles, such as: orchestra, wind band, wind quintet, brass quartet and quintet, show orchestra, military bands and Dixie band.
• In a brass band, the tuba is known as a bass and uses the treble clef. In all other ensembles the tuba uses the bass clef.
• Member of the woodwind family, blown through a double reed.
• Common oboe composers include: Vivaldi, Strauss, Martinu.
• The oboe dates back to the 17th century when it derived from the shawm.
• The oboe can be found playing in ensembles such as: orchestra, wind band, wind quintet, show orchestra, military bands.
• The tone of the oboe is very unique. It can range from being honky to a very nasal and sweet sound.
• The oboe uses treble clef only and is pitched in concert pitch.
• Other members of the oboe family are cor anglais and oboe d'amore.
• It is the bass member of the woodwind family, blown through a double reed.
• The bassoon dates back to the 17th century.
• The bassoon can be found playing in ensembles such as: orchestra, wind band, wind quintet, show orchestra, military bands.
• The bassoon has a distinctive tone colour, ranging from warm and dark, to a reedy exciting sound.
• The bassoon uses both bass and tenor clef and is pitched in concert pitch.
• The total length of the bassoon is approximately 8.5 foot!
Can you help with the Endangered Instrument Scheme?
If you would like to donate an instrument, or donation towards the scholarship scheme, please get in contact with us. These instruments are very expensive to buy and every donation helps in a big way.