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Church of England Junior School

Learning a Musical Instrument

Music is very much part of life at St Mary’s. All pupils learn the recorder in year 3 as part of the music curriculum and then the melodeon in year 4. In year 5, pupils also learn the ukulele. All instruments and resources are provided by school. In addition to this, we offer many different instrumental lessons.

Most lessons are provided by Hampshire Music Service. Lessons are taught in groups, with a minimum of 30 lessons being given during the year.  There is a charge of £75 per term payable at the beginning of each term, although this will be reviewed during this year. Instruments taught: flute, oboe, clarinet, sax, bassoon, trumpet, cornet, horn, euphonium, trombone, violin, viola, cello, double bass, tuned percussion, guitar and drum kit. We also have two private teachers who visit school to give lessons in piano and keyboard.  Children are also taught in small groups and fees are charged similar to those of Hampshire Music Service.

Children are required to provide their own instruments and music as required Hampshire Music Service hire out many instruments for around £30 a term if needed. Children will also need to be encouraged to practice regularly and a record book is sent home by teachers for parents to sign and use as home/school communication.

Learning a musical instrument can be a great social skill and well as being proven to help pupils’ general intelligence.  We expect all children learning an instrument in school to join a school ensemble when they have been playing for a year and there are opportunities to take part in Festivals and concerts in the area.  In choosing instruments it is well worth thinking about instruments that are less popular as many more opportunities for playing can often be found later in life. Should you wish to discuss this further, please contact Mrs Malone.  A useful website offering information regarding choosing an instrument is :

If your child is interested in learning an instrument, then please download the form below or ask for a copy from the school office.  Generally we start beginners in September and these lessons are booked in May. Occasionally, we can start beginners mid year but is unusual.  

Please look in the "Our Learning" Section for music clubs and events. CLICK HERE