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.


35 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 with two invoices per term (six per academic year). Refunds will be made, if necessary, at the end of the academic year.

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 the number of pupils in the group. All beginner groups of two pupils or more start on the Band 1 rate.

Band Price per lesson Number in group/length of lesson
Band 1 £7.20
  • 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 £10.20
  • Group of 3 or 4 pupils for 30 minutes
  • Shared lesson (two pupils) for 20 minutes
Band 3 £15
  • Shared lesson (two pupils) for 30 minutes
Band 4 £19.20
  • Individual 20 minute lesson. Longer lessons are charged pro rata

Charges from January 2022

Lesson Price per lesson Number in group/length of lesson
Group £6.20
  • 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
Paired £10.20
  • 2 pupils for 20 minutes. (Pro-rata charges apply for longer lessons)
Individual £18.20
  • 1 pupil for 20 minutes (Pro-rata charges apply for longer lessons)

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.

Remission of Fees

Free lessons are available for children of families on certain benefits. Click the Apply online button and complete a Remission of Fees application

Endangered instruments

A discount of 25 per cent on the above prices will be given across all group sizes for tuition: Viola, French Horn, Oboe, Trombone, Double bass, Tuba, Bassoon, Bass guitar.

Instrument hire (per term as above)

  • Violin/Viola/Guitars - £27
  • All others - £48

Instrument hire from January 2022

  • Violin/Viola/Guitars - £30
  • All others - £50


Charged termly i.e. Autumn, Spring and Summer

Ensemble Length of ensemble Termly charge 
Primary choirs (eg, OYS, SOYS) 1 hour £45
Secondary Choirs 1.5 hours £55
Single Ensembles 1.5 hours £55
Music Centres 2.5 hours £76
SOYPA 2 hours £76

For senior students at Centre for Music

Central Music School only 3.5 hours £105
Centre for Music pass - including Saturday morning and additional ensemble(s)   £159
County Ensemble - OYBB, OYFC (Flute choir), OYCC (Clarinet choir), OYBG (Brass Group), Oxybaroxy 2 hours £87
County (Level) Ensemble - Bassoon Ensemble, Percussion Ensembles, JamPods Rock Schools up to 1.5 hours £60
County (Level) Ensemble - Oxonforde Yonge Musicians, Quartets 1 hour £50

How to cancel music lessons or ensembles

How and when to give notice if you want to stop music lessons or ensemble membership.

More information