Learn an Instrument

Getting Started

If you are interested in learning an instrument through City Music Service there are several different routes that can be taken.

The best place to start is to speak to your school to see which lessons they offer. Alternatively get in touch with us and we can help put you in touch with the correct person.

For pupils in Year 3 or 4, many schools work in partnership with City Music Service to provide Whole Class Ensemble Teaching (WCET) that gives everyone in that year group whole class instrumental learning in school curriculum time.

For pupils who have finished their WCET year, your school should offer the chance to continue with lessons, should you wish to do so.

Pupils can also join a City Music Service ensemble free of charge and play in an orchestra or band or sing in a choir. Join music group for more information.

Pupils who learn with us can borrow a musical instrument from the Service for a small annual fee (or free of charge if in receipt of free school meals).

Parents can keep up to date with their child’s musical development through the following:

Progress Evening

This is an opportunity for you to talk to your child’s instrumental / vocal teacher (digitally or face to face) to discuss their lessons, progress and further opportunities available to them. Progress Evenings take place in June and November each year.

For more information, please get in touch or speak to your child’s instrumental teacher.

More Information

Click on the links below to download guidance on how to go about learning to play and also information about how we are able to help with the loan of an instrument to help start your child’s musical journey:


City Music Service teachers provide an annual written report to parents during the Summer term each year.