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.
Not all instrument tuition is available in every school. You will be able to see which instruments 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
If your child doesn't have an instrument you can hire one in most cases.
35 lessons are offered in the academic year. The Music Service works on the three-term school year with two invoices per term (six per academic year). Refunds will be made, if necessary, in line with our terms and coditions
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 and receive regular Safeguarding training. 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.
|Lesson||Current price per lesson||New price from September 2023||Number in group/length of lesson|
Instrument hire (per term, Autumn / Spring / Summer)
Violin/Viola/Guitars - £30
All others - £50
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.
Help with payment
Free lessons are available for children of families on certain benefits. Click the Apply Online button and complete a Help with payment application
These charges are per term, ie Autumn, Spring and Summer based on 30 sessions per year, unless otherwise shown below.
|Ensemble type||Termly charge||Length of ensemble|
|Primary choirs (OYS & WOYS) (based on 33 sessions)||£52.80||1 hour|
|Secondary choirs||£72||1.5 hours|
|1.5 hr ensembles/music centre||£72||1.5 hours|
|For senior students at the Centre for Music|
|Central Music School only||£135||3.5 hours|
|County-level ensemble - groups of 10+||£96||2 hours|
|County ensembles - groups of 10+||£60||up to 1.5 hours|
Although the charges above are termly, invoices are raised on a half-termly basis, that is, across six invoices in the academic year. The charges below are for 30 sessions across the academic year.
How to cancel music lessons or ensembles
How and when to give notice if you want to stop music lessons or ensemble membership.