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Instrumental tuition

We teach a range of instruments in schools and at our Music School

Music lessons at our Music School

We teach instrumental and vocal lessons after school and on Saturdays at our Music School held at Walthamstow School for Girls and at our 'Satellite Music School' at Chingford C of E Primary School.


Lessons are 20 minutes or 30 minutes long and each term is 10 weeks. The majority of lesson slots are for individual tuition.

Paired lessons

To help make instrumental tuition more accessible, we're running a trial offer of paired lessons available at 50% of the price of one-to-one tuition from September 2023.


The opportunity to take a lesson alongside another child of similar experience and ability will be restricted to:

  • Beginners

  • Children who have been learning in school as part of whole class ensemble tuition (WCET) and wish to continue.


Paired lessons are subject to limited availability. Please complete the 'sign up for lessons' form to go on our waiting list. Our tutors will advise on suitability of pairings, and we may take the decision to change pairings depending on pupil progress and compatibility. If your child would like to learn with a friend of the same age please contact us and we’ll try to put them together.

How to book music lessons
1. Sign up for 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 add you to our waiting list and will contact you to advise of slots as soon as they become available. There's usually more availability at the start of each term.


3. When you've accepted a slot we'll confirm the lesson time, start date and fee.

3. Pay for the lessons online here

* Subsidised fees are available for families on a low income who qualify for school Pupil Premium grants. To receive the Music School fee subsidy for the next academic year please email evidence of your eligibility for Pupil Premium such as copies of your Universal Credit Statement showing housing benefit or reduced Council Tax to the Music Service office.
Please note: Evidence must be submitted for each academic year. The Council Tax single occupancy 25% discount and Universal Free School Meals doesn't apply.

What instruments do we teach?

We teach a range of classical and contemporary instruments including:

  • Strings: violin, viola, cello, double bass

  • Woodwind: clarinet, flute, oboe, saxophone, recorder

  • Brass: cornet, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, French horn

  • Guitar: acoustic, electric, bass

  • Drum kit 

  • Piano and keyboard

  • Vocals

Please contact us if you'd like advice on which instrument might be suitable for your child.

View  Waltham Forest Music Service (WFMS) tuition at Music School full terms and conditions

Learning in school
Lessons in school can be taught individually, in pairs or small groups of up to six pupils. In one-to-one lessons children benefit from focused individual instruction. In pairs and groups, children can enjoy learning alongside their peers who are at a similar level.


Contact your school to find out what instruments are available for your son/daughter. If the instrument your child would like to learn isn’t available, ask the school to contact the Music Service to see if lessons can be provided in school.

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