Instruments we teach

We offer lessons on the following instruments:

Strings: Violin, viola, cello, double bass

Woodwind: Flute, recorder, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone

Brass: Cornet, trumpet, trombone, tenor horn, French horn, tuba

Piano, classical, electric and acoustic guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, voice, drum kit, percussion.

  • Piano sessions involve basic note reading with a teacher accompanying your child at the same keyboard so students can see what to do
  • Once your child can read music, they can play tuned percussion in a beginner band, otherwise they could enrol in a choir. There are no piano groups available
  • Students learn to use the bow with a teacher who plays their own instrument
  • After a few lessons your child can join ‘Open Strings’ on a Saturday morning. This is a great way to complement your child’s individual or small group lesson and make even faster progress
  • We have lots of smaller sized instruments to hire
  • A great way to start woodwind lessons at an early stage is by learning recorder, fife or jFlute
  • jFlutes are reduced sized flutes made of plastic with new mouthpiece technology, that allow pupils to make a great sound immediately.
  • Your child can join a guitar group after ten lessons
  • Ideally bass guitar is started aged 10 – 12 as it’s rather a large instrument (Year 5 – 7)
  • Guitars are available to buy through Heritage Music in a variety of sizes. Contact us for advice on buying the correct size instrument for your child
  • Students need to reach both the bass drum and cymbal pedals from the drum stool and the average age for this is eight years old. It won’t be long before your child is ready to join one of our bands
  • Consider learning orchestral percussion, as well as joining a band, which also has the opportunity to go on tour
  • Your child will need their adult front teeth to play clarinet, oboe and bassoon
  • Pupils can join our ‘First Blow’ sessions at our music centres after just a few lessons
  • Sax and brass instruments are heavier to hold and require good lung capacity
  • Your child’s voice needs strong breath control and so joining a choir first is a good idea before the age of nine
  • Your child will be able to join ‘First Blow’ after only a few lessons
  • Also available to buy are P-Bones, which are plastic trombones and are much lighter to hold