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How Can I Arrange Lessons?

For lessons in schools, contact your own school. If they do not offer the instrument you want, it is still worth asking as if there is sufficient interest and the school has the facilities, it may be possible for us to arrange lessons for them.

For tuition at your local Music Centre, Find My Local Centre will help you find out what instruments are on offer at each centre. You can fill in a form HERE to enquire about lessons. If there are no vacancies, you will be put on a waiting list.

Why Learn a Musical Instrument?

It can help your child's development and their progress in other subjects. You can learn and play with others, even members of your own family, and it's fun!

Everyone is different. Some children like to teach themselves with (or without) a bit of help but for some, regular lessons with an experienced teacher work best.

Music Lessons

If your child would like to learn a musical instrument, you need to decide which type of instrument, where and when to have lessons and finally, whether to rent or buy an instrument.

What instrument could they learn?

brassacoustic/electric guitarpiano/keyboardpercussion

strings

woodwind

 


Woodwind: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Recorder
Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
Brass: Trumpet, Cornet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
Percussion: Orchestral Percussion, Drum Kit
Guitar: Classical, Electric
Keyboard:  Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Classical Organ
Singing 

Some of these instruments have smaller 'starter' versions for younger/smaller pupils. note: Not all Music Centres offer all of these instruments

How to choose an instrument to play

  • What kind of sounds do you enjoy? High, low, loud, quiet, energetic, calm…………..? This may be a clue, but the best way to choose is to listen to the sounds the different instruments make and decide which one you like the most.
  • How can you do that? Look out for Music Centres Open Days for children to hear and try instruments and teachers in schools and centres can arrange taster sessions. You can find contact details of your local Music Centre in the left hand column. The Internet is also a good source of instrumental examples - here is one example from YouTube. 

Where can I have lessons?

  • Music lessons take place in many schools during the school day and at Music Centres from 3.30 and on Saturday Mornings. 

Rent or buy an instrument?

  • Pupils are usually expected to provide their own instruments. There are good hire schemes available from local instrument retailers to give you the chance to try before a long-term commitment - but remember you have to give a half-term's notice to stop lessons.
  • We have an Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme (AIPS) selling new instruments at special educational prices. There is a thriving 2nd-hand market - both on the internet and via the boards in Music Centres. Always ask your instrumental teacher for advice when deciding what to buy - they may be able  to look at a used instrument for you (a fee may be payable.)
  • We have a limited number of instruments to lend and we always hope to be able to lend an instrument if you are entitled to remission of fees. We may also be able to lend some of the more expensive instruments e.g. oboe, 'cello or tuba.

How Can I Arrange Lessons?

  • For lessons in school, contact your school. If they do not offer the instrument you want, it is still worth asking as if there is sufficient interest and the school has the facilities, it may be possible for them to arrange lessons.
  • For tuition at your local Music Centre - in Find my Local Centre you can find out what instruments are on offer. If there are no vacancies, you will be put on a waiting list.
  • To avoid disapointment if your child is moving from Primary to Secondary school, be sure to arrange lessons (School or Music Centre) well in advance.

How Much Does It Cost and How Do I Pay?

  • Contact your Music Centre for current fees
  • You will be invoiced termly.

Ready to apply for lessons at a Music Centre? - click HERE
to start the adventure!