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Learning an instrument

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Most tuition is offered by our visiting teachers in schools around the county during the school day. However, there are also out of school opportunities for all ages.

We offer tuition in:

  • strings: violin, viola, cello, double bass
  • woodwind: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone
  • brass: trumpet, cornet, trombone, baritone, euphonium, horn (French and tenor), tuba
  • percussion: drum kit, tuned percussion,
  • guitar: classical, electric and bass
  • keyboard
  • vocal/singing


We offer 34 lessons in an academic year. Charges will be per lesson, charged termly in advance. The Music Service works on the old three term school year. Refunds will be made, if necessary at the end of the academic year.

Students will usually have lessons during the school day. For most instruments, we need at least five students in the group for lessons to start. However, we will start small groups of 3-4 pupils for 20 minute lessons while the teacher recruits more pupils into the longer lesson.

Students are given a record book so they know what to practise each week and to help communication with parents / carers. Students will be given the opportunity to work through our assessment system (up to and including grade 7 approximately); take graded 3 – 5 internal examinations and upper exams (grades 6 – 8) with Trinity College.

Charges and lesson lengths

Tuition (per lesson)

Description Charges per lesson Length in minutes
Group 10-19 £5.49 50
Group 7 - 9 £6.49 40
Group 5 - 6 £6.49 30
Group 3 - 4 (new groups only where group of 5-6 not recruited) £6.49 20
Group 3 - 4 £9.49 30
Group 2 (shared lesson) £9.49 20
Group 2 (shared lesson) £13.99 30
Individual 20 minutes £18.39 20
Individual 30 minutes £27.26 30
Individual 40 minutes £36.36 40
Individual 45 minutes £40.89 45
Individual 60 minutes £54.52 60

Endangered Instruments                

A discount of 25per cent on the above prices will be given across all group sizes for tuition. (Instruments included in this group: Viola, French Horn, Oboe, Trombone, Double bass, Tuba, Bassoon)

Ensemble charges (charged termly ie Autumn, Spring and Summer)

Ensemble Length of ensemble Termly charge
Primary choirs (eg, OYS, SOSC, SOYS) 1 hour £39
Secondary Choirs 1.5 hours £49
Single Ensembles 1.5 hours £49
Music Centres 2.5 hours £69
SOYPA 2 hours £69
For Senior Students at Centre for Music:    
Saturday morning group only 3.5 hours £95
1 additional ensemble   Published rate of ensemble
Centre for Music pass*   £145
County (Level) Ensemble**   £78
* including Saturday morning and more than one additional ensemble    
**OYBB, OYFE (Flute choir), OYCCC (Clarinet choir), OYBG (Brass Ensemble), Oxybaroxy    

Late cancellation fee £30.

Per term instrument hire charges

Violin/viola £21.50
All other instruments £43

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Last reviewed
25 September 2017
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