Cult Status

CREATIVE MUSIC TUITION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

See What We Have To Offer

In-school music lessons supported by regular concerts, performance-focussed summer schools and online resources for home practice.

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    Popular Instruments

    Children learn to play contemporary music with popular instruments using our proven curriculum, with sight-reading and improvisation skills built in.

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    School Concerts

    Playing to an audience helps children develop confidence as well as musical and performance skills. We encourage and support them in school concerts.

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    Summer School

    Summer school helps children make new friends, try out different instruments and have great fun playing music.

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    Online Learning Support

    Our online learning system provides resources and encouragement to students on their home computer or tablet. Click above for examples.

Listen To Some Of Our Students

This is what it's all about; skilled, confident children playing music. Click the links to hear them play.

Meet Some Of Our Tutors

Our hand-picked staff teach your children as they would their own.

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    "Party On Dude"

    Matt

    Matt plays guitar and bass. He trained at the Academy of Contemporary Music and has recorded sessions for a number of bands including Union J's number one hit, 'You Got It All'.

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    Guitars, batman and batman shaped guitars

    James

    James plays guitar, bass, drum set and piano and has an honours degree in contemporary music performance. When he's not teaching he's probably gigging!

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    A massive collection of drumsticks

    John

    John plays drum set, snare drum and piano. He's a graduate trained teacher and earned a masters degree researching the cognitive effects of music training on children.

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    Practice makes perfect

    Jackie

    Jackie plays classical and contemporary guitar and is a post-graduate trained teacher. She is a fan of John Williams, Pepe Romero and Carla Bruni.

Read What People Say

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    "My daughter has been having guitar lessons with James from Cult Status for just over a year and I am very impressed with the speed she has picked it up. From complete novice, it is now quite easy to recognise the pieces she is learning – both in a group and privately. James has great patience and having sat in on the private lessons with him, I would recommend him as a guitar teacher any day! I am so impressed, that when I was stuck for an idea for a twin 10 year old birthday party this year, he came up with the concept of a music workshop party, giving the children the opportunity to form a band, learn a piece of music and perform their first gig! Cult Status offer a truly professional service, with friendly, patient staff – a must when you are dealing with children! I highly recommend their services!"

    Parent: St Michael’s CE Junior School
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    "Can I take this opportunity to say thank you for teaching my son. He is really enjoying his lessons and it is great to hear him practicing at home (as he is now). He also had a music recital just before half term and he did really well making no mistakes."

    Parent: Swadelands School










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    "My son absolutely loves guitar lessons. He has been lucky to have been taught by Matt and James, and they've managed to encourage him in his pursuit of playing the guitar!"

    Parent: Discovery School












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    "My son has been having drum lessons with Cult Status for a few terms now and he loves it. He really enjoys his lesson time and has lots of fun. I've just been able to watch Logan perform what he has learned in school morning assembly and I was honestly shocked by how much he has learned. Logan was confident enough to get up there and perform in front of the whole school. It's great to be able to show of a skill you have and with the help of Cult Status and John, Logan has built the confidence and self assurance to do just that. I'm extremely happy with his progress so far and the encouragement shown to him by his tutor. Many thanks."

    Parent: Discovery School




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    "Ella has always been incredibly quiet and shy, so it's a big step and challenge for her to perform in front of all those people. Thanks for bringing her out of her shell and overcoming her shyness. A massive, massive thank you from us. I would also like to mention she says what a fab teacher you are as well!"

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Explore The Benefits Of Music

Mums have known for thousands of years that music is good for their children. Modern neuro-cognitive research is now starting to explain why.

The power of music: Its impact on the intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people.

Professor Susan Hallam, Institute of Education, University of London, UK

This paper reviews the empirical evidence relating to the effects of active engagement with music on the intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people. It draws on research using the most advanced technologies to study the brain, in addition to quantitative and qualitative psychological and educational studies. It explains how musical skills may transfer to other activities if the processes involved are similar. It explores the evidence relating to the impact of musical skills on language development, literacy, numeracy, measures of intelligence, general attainment, creativity, fine motor co-ordination, concentration, self-confidence, emotional sensitivity, social skills, team work, self-discipline, and relaxation. It suggests that the positive effects of engagement with music on personal and social development only occur if it is an enjoyable and rewarding experience. This has implications for the quality of the teaching.

Click here to access the full research paper.

A little goes a long way: how the adult brain is shaped by musical training in childhood.

Dr Erika Skoe, University of Connecticut, Dr Nina Kraus, Northwestern University

Playing a musical instrument changes the anatomy and function of the brain. But do these changes persist after music training stops? We probed this question by measuring auditory brainstem responses in a cohort of healthy young human adults with varying amounts of past musical training. We show that adults who received formal music instruction as children have more robust brainstem responses to sound than peers who never participated in music lessons and that the magnitude of the response correlates with how recently training ceased. Our results suggest that neural changes accompanying musical training during childhood are retained in adulthood. These findings advance our understanding of long-term neuroplasticity and have general implications for the development of effective auditory training programs.

Click here to access the full research paper.

Music training for the development of auditory skills.

Dr Nina Kraus, Northwestern University, Professor Bharath Chandrasekaran, University of Texas

The effects of music training in relation to brain plasticity have caused excitement, evident from the popularity of books on this topic among scientists and the general public. Neuroscience research has shown that music training leads to changes throughout the auditory system that prime musicians for listening challenges beyond music processing. This effect of music training suggests that, akin to physical exercise and its impact on body fitness, music is a resource that tones the brain for auditory fitness. Therefore, the role of music in shaping individual development deserves consideration.

Click here to access the full research paper.

Music Lessons and Intelligence: A Relation Mediated by Executive Functions.

Dr Franziska Degé, Universitat Giessen, Dr Claudia Kubicek, Universitat Giessen, Professor Gudrun Schwarzer, Universitat Giessen

This study investigated whether the association between music lessons and intelligence is mediated by executive functions. Intelligence and five different executive functions (set shifting, selective attention, planning, inhibition, and fluency) were assessed in 9- to 12-year-old children with varying amounts of music lessons. Significant associations emerged between music lessons and all of the measures of executive function. Executive functions mediated the association between music lessons and intelligence, with the measures of selective attention and inhibition being the strongest contributors to the mediation effect. Our results suggest that at least part of the association between music lessons and intelligence is explained by the positive influence music lessons have on executive functions, which in turn improve performance on intelligence tests.

Click here to access the full research paper.

Check Out Our Lesson Packages

We think we offer the best value music tuition in the county. If you don't agree, let us know!

SMALL GROUP LESSONS

  • Perfect for beginners to experience their first taste of playing a musical instrument.
  • 20 or 30 minute sessions with 2 or 3 students.
  • 30 sessions per school year.
  • Choice of four contemporary instruments.
  • Access to our home practice app.
  • Support for school concerts.
  • All for £15 per month (equivalent to £30 per school 1/2 term).
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20 MIN INDIVIDUAL LESSONS

  • For students who are clear on their instrument choice and want to make faster progress.
  • 20 minute sessions with individual tuition.
  • 30 sessions per school year.
  • Choice of four contemporary instruments.
  • Access to our home practice app.
  • Support for school concerts.
  • All for £27 per month (equivalent to £54 per school 1/2 term).
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30 MIN INDIVIDUAL LESSONS

  • For more advanced students and those who wish to undertake grade exams.
  • 30 minute sessions with individual tuition.
  • 30 sessions per school year.
  • Choice of four contemporary instruments.
  • Access to our home practice app.
  • Support for school concerts.
  • All for £39 per month (equivalent to £78 per school 1/2 term).
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FAQs

Check out below for answers to frequently asked questions

Our current terms and conditions can be found via the link below.

Terms & Conditions

Learning to play a musical instrument is a fun and highly rewarding process. Research also shows it can benefit children’s intellectual, social and personal development.

Our Packages:

We believe that all children should be able to learn an instrument and strive to keep our prices the lowest in Kent. All lessons are taught in schools during the school day and occasionally after school. We have three main packages within our tuition service, listed below:

Small Group Package (SG)

Our SG package is perfect for beginners to experience their first taste of playing a musical instrument.

  • 30 sessions per year: 10 in the autumn term, 10 in the spring term and 10 in the summer term.
  • Students can choose to learn guitar, bass guitar, drums or keyboard.
  • Session length: 20 minutes with 2 students or 30 minutes with 3 students.
  • Access to our online learning support system 365 days a year.
  • All for £15:00 per month, payable via direct debit.

20 Minute Individual Package (i20)

As a student progresses on their instrument, our i20 package can help them move forwards in a tailored way.

  • 30 session per year: 10 in the autumn term, 10 in the spring term and 10 in the summer term.
  • Students can choose to learn guitar, bass guitar, drums or keyboard.
  • Session length: 20 minutes one to one tuition.
  • Access to our online learning support system 365 days a year.
  • All for £27 per month, payable via direct debit.

30 Minute Individual Package (i30)

If the time comes that a student wishes to take grade exams in their instrument, our i30 package provides the ultimate preparation for this.

  • 30 sessions per year: 10 in the autumn term, 10 in the spring term and 10 in the summer term.
  • Students can choose to learn guitar, bass guitar, drums or keyboard.
  • Session length: 30 minutes one to one tuition.
  • Access to our online learning support system 365 days a year.
  • All for £39:00 per month, payable via direct debit.
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We teach children of all ages, from reception class through to secondary school.

Yes, subject to availability, although we are usually fully booked with regular students. However, places do become available and if we don’t have one right away, we are happy to put you on our waiting list. Contact us for further information.

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Yes, subject to availability, although we are usually fully booked with regular students. However, places do become available and if we don’t have one right away, we are happy to put you on our waiting list. Please contact us for further information.

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A bursary scheme is available to students eligible for pupil premium. The scheme is government funded and provided on a first-come first-served basis while funding lasts.

If you think you may be eligible for a bursary, please contact us for further information.

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We provide musical instrument tuition at a growing number of the 800 or so schools across Kent and Medway. Contact us to see if your child’s school is on our list. If it is not currently on our list, we may still be able to arrange tuition.

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Payment is by monthly direct debit. The high number of students we teach makes it impractical for busy school office staff to collect and store fees. Payment by direct debit also prevents cash and/or cheques getting lost or buried at the bottom of school bags and helps us keep our prices competitive. Fees for each school term are covered by two, monthly direct debit payments as follows:

Autumn term 1: September, October.
Autumn term 2: November, December.

Spring term 1: January, February.
Spring term 2: March, April.

Summer term 1: May, June.
Summer term 2: July, August.

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