Teaching music safely in schools

Scratchmakers - half term creative music course

Scratchmakers is a collaborative ensemble for young musicians aged 8-14 from Waltham Forest and is suitable for players of any instrument with any level of experience.  This course will be on Zoom so musicians can join in from home.

  • Day 1: Thursday 29th October 10am to 1pm

  • Day 2: Friday 30th October 10am to 1pm

The cost for the two sessions is £30 (£15 low income)

For more info and to book see:

1-2-1 Online music lessons

Our Autumn term 1-2-1 music lessons are taught online using Zoom.

  • There are many benefits to online teaching, such as convenience (no need to travel), having time and space to warm up before the lesson and the availability of online musical resources to support the lesson.

  • Lessons can be taken for 20 or 30 minutes each week with one of our specialist instrumental or vocal tutors.

  • Online lessons can deliver an excellent musical experience for children and young people that is both fun and helps them to make progress with their instrument or voice.

  • How Zoom lessons work (pdf)

Lesson dates

You can book now for a 6 week block of lessons starting after half term from Monday 2nd November. Lessons are taught Monday to Thursday after the school day and on Saturdays.


How to book 1-2-1 Zoom lessons
1. Sign up for online lessons here
Tell us which instrument you’d like to learn, how long you’d like the lesson for and your availability

2. We'll contact you to arrange the lesson time, day and start date and confirm the fee.

3. Pay for the lessons here


4. Then we’ll email you a Zoom link to login to the lessons before the first lesson.


Instrument hire

Pupils having lessons in school or on zoom with us can hire an instrument. The hire fee is £23 per term or part of term, with 50% discount for families on a low income. Please contact us to hire or return instruments to our office which is open Monday to Friday 9am-4pm:


Social distancing measures are in place at our office and we may ask you to wait outside while we get your instrument. Any visitors who enter the building must wear a mask and use hand sanitiser.

Music school tuition and groups

All Music School instrumental 1-1 lessons will take place online for the duration of the Autumn term. This is to allow us to trial bringing various ensembles/groups back to rehearse in real life and possibly some lessons dependent on how these trials go. Our longer term plan, subject to the local situation remaining stable, is for Music to resume in full (so 1-1 lessons and ensembles) and return face to face from January 2021 at Walthamstow School for Girls.

#CanDoMusic - Teaching Music Safely in Schools

We've been working closely with schools across the borough to  continue music making safely and we're delighted to be back.

Book Toddler, Baby and Next Steps Mini Musicians courses

Autumn term music courses for babies, toddlers and 4-6 year olds start from Tuesday 29 September. The interactive live sessions will be online so they can be enjoyed at home via zoom:







The WFMS Tutor's Virtual Orchestra
Enjoy our tutors' virtual orchestra playing Abdelazer Rondeau by Purcell:






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Who we are...

Waltham Forest Music Education Hub  (WFMEH) was formed in 2018 and is led by Waltham Forest Music Service (WFMS). 

We believe that every child in Waltham Forest should have access to a high quality music education. 

We’re committed to making sure children and young people have a music education that’s inspiring, enjoyable and fun and are provided with challenge and opportunities to progress.

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Waltham Forest Music Education Hub | 020 8496 1584 | music.service@walthamforest.gov.uk
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