Learning an instrument

How to apply online and pay for music tuition.

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.

Not all instrument tuition is available in every school. You will be able to see which are offered in your child’s school during the online application process.

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

If your child doesn't have an instrument you can hire one in most cases.


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

We provide every pupil with a record book and their teacher will use this to write in their targets for the next lesson. Your child should bring this book to every lesson.  You will also be able to communicate with the teacher using the record book or via email. 

Your child will receive an annual report in the summer term, written by their teacher which explains what they have achieved during the academic year. 

About our teachers 

All staff who work with your child or have access to their personal information have a current DBS certificate. All our teaching staff follow relevant schemes of work to deliver high quality lessons and we offer ongoing support and training to all staff during the year.  


Lessons are charged in four bands depending on lesson length and number of pupils in the group. All beginner groups of two pupils or more start on the Band 1 rate. In the following academic year charges will be as set out below but limited to an increase to the next Band only.  

Band 1 - £6.75 per lesson

  • Group of 10 or more pupils for 50 minutes
  • Group of 7 to 9 pupils for 40 minutes
  • Group of 5 or 6 pupils for 30 minutes
  • Group of 3 or 4 pupils for 20 minutes

Band 2 - £9.75 per lesson

  • Group of 3 or 4 pupils for 30 minutes
  • Shared lesson (two pupils) for 20 minutes

Band 3 - £14.25 per lesson

  • Shared lesson (two pupils) for 30 minutes

Band 4 - £18.90 per lesson

  • Individual 20 minute lesson. Longer lessons are charged pro rata. 

Key information

If only one pupil applies for a group lesson, they will stay on the waiting list until a group can be formed. Applicants can opt for an individual lesson which will be charged at the Band 4 rate. 

All rates will be held with no increase until the end of the current academic year. If necessary following group size changes, rates will be changed from September of the next academic year. 

Charges will only be increased to the next charge band except where parents/carers request a particular group size/lesson length.

Endangered instruments

A discount of 25 per 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, Bass guitar).

Ensemble charges (charged termly i.e. Autumn, Spring and Summer)

Ensemble Length of ensemble Termly charge 
Primary choirs (eg, OYS, SOSC, SOYS) 1 hour £40
Secondary Choirs 1.5 hours £50
Single Ensembles 1.5 hours £50
Music Centres 2.5 hours £71
SOYPA 2 hours £71
For Senior Students at Centre for Music:    
Saturday morning group only 3.5 hours £99
1 additional ensemble    
Centre for Music pass*   £150
County (Level) Ensemble** 2 hours £81
* including Saturday morning and more than one additional ensemble    
**OYBB, OYFE (Flute choir), OYCCC (Clarinet choir), OYBG (Brass Ensemble), Oxybaroxy    
County (Level) Ensemble
Bassoon Ensemble, Percussion Ensembles, JamPods Rock Schools
up to 1.5 hours £53
County (Level) Ensemble
Oxonforde Yonge Musicians, Quartets
1 hour £49
Late cancellation fee   £35

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Families on benefits

Families who receive certain benefits may be eligible for free lessons, instrument hire and ensemble membership. Please contact us at to check eligibility before making an application for lessons. 

  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400.
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190

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