Instrumental Lessons

Guitar & Ukulele

Guitar is one of the most popular instruments we teach, with students starting from age six.

Guitar lessons available include acoustic, electric and classical, and we cover technique, notation, TAB and listening skills.

 

Each guitar comes in different sizes such as 3/4 & 1/2 for younger students. Ukulele is commonly taught in whole class lessons, but can be taught in small groups too.

 

Piano & Keyboard

Students can start piano and keyboard lessons from year two or sometimes year one. Lessons often take place at a keyboard due to their portability in schools.

 

Piano technique comes first - students learn to read music (treble and bass clef) - with the option of moving to a keyboard (chord-based) approach later on.

 

Read our Keyboard Buying Guide for more information on what to look for when buying your child an instrument.

 

Drums & Percussion

Drum lessons are the most popular choice for percussionists starting out. This gives them lots of options as they progress.

Percussion includes anything you hit, shake or scrape and is a large family of instruments. Lessons can start from age seven and smaller sticks are available to buy if needed.

Students learn to read music and develop listening skills as well as developing correct technique. Electric drum kits are popular at home, as they can be used with headphones!

 

Woodwind

Woodwind instruments are played by blowing air past a reed or across a tone hole, just like 'playing' an empty milk bottle!

The woodwind family includes clarinet, saxophone, flute, oboe, bassoon, recorder, and folk whistle.

Students can learn the recorder and whistle from age six, plus the flute and clarinet from age seven. These all help to develop the principles and fingering used throughout the woodwind family.

 

Strings

String instruments are most commonly played with a bow which is moved across the strings, causing them to vibrate.

 

Violin lessons are the most popular, with lessons also available on viola, cello, and double bass.

We stock 1/8, 1/4, and 1/2 size violins so that students can start from age six, progressing onto larger instruments as they grow.

 

Brass

Lessons are available on the cornet, trumpet, tenor horn, baritone, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, and sousaphone.

Most students start on cornet or alto trombone from age eight, moving to larger instruments as they grow.

Practice mutes are available for all brass instruments to keep the neighbours happy!

 

Voice

We encourage all music students to sing whilst learning any instrument, and teach singing in small groups from age five. 

 

Individual singing lessons are usually best from age eleven as students begin secondary school.

Our choirs are the best place to develop voice skills in a large group - see the ensembles page for more details.