Music lessons – costs, financial support and making payments

Termly lesson prices are based on the following number of lessons per term. Additional payment will be required if additional lessons are delivered.

  • In-school Music Tuitions - 11 lessons per term
  • Inspiring Music Centres - 10 lessons per term
  • South Beds Sinfonia - 10 lessons per term
School type Type of music lesson Direct Debit cost - termly Direct Debit cost - 1 lesson Other payment methods - termly Other payment methods - 1 lesson
Lower, middle and upper schools and community lessons (including Academy schools) Group music lesson £92 £8.36 £95 £8.64 
Individual music lesson – 20 minutes £138 £12.55 £143 £13
Individual music lesson – 30 minutes £206 £18.73 £214 £19.45 
Individual music lesson – 40 minutes £274 £24.91 £285 £25.91
Non-local authority schools Group music lesson £98 £8.91 £101 £9.18
Individual music lesson – 20 minutes £152 £13.82 £158 £14.36
Individual music lesson – 30 minutes £228 £20.73 £237 £21.55
Inspiring Music Centres Full membership £81 £8.10 £83 £8.30
Part membership £54 £5.40 £56 £5.60
South Beds Sinfonia Full membership £36 £3.60 £37 £3.70

Paying for music lessons

The cheapest way to pay for music lessons is by Direct Debit. You can download and complete the Direct Debit form and then return this to us.

Inspiring Music
Central Bedfordshire Council
House 3, Houghton Lodge
Houghton close
Ampthill
Bedford
MK45 2TG

You can also pay by telephone, call us at 0300 300 6604.

Customers paying by other means can find payment instructions on the reverse of the termly invoice.

Help with music fees

If your child is eligible for free school meals (not UIFSM), the school maybe be able to fund music lessons from their Pupil Premium funds; please contact your school prior to enrolling. If your child is in the care of Central Bedfordshire Council as a Looked After Child please contact the office on 0300 300 6604 or inspiring.music@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.

Funding may be available for low income families or families who suddenly find themselves in financial difficulties through charities such as Bedfordshire Educational Association or The Friends of Bedfordshire Youth Music.

The Awards for Young Musicians also helps young musicians aged 5 – 17 with exceptional potential who are struggling with their musical costs. Annual awards between £200 and £2000 can help with costs such as tuition, instruments, courses, travel and individual support.

What other costs are there?

At the outset of your child’s tuition, you will need to purchase:

  • a music stand for anyone not learning keyboard / piano
  • tutor book / music
  • accessories such as strings, reeds, valve oil, drum sticks, etc.

Our instrumental tutors will be able to advise you about the specific items appropriate to your child’s instrument. 

They’ll also need to take care of the musical instrument. We’ve created a page about this which links to useful websites and YouTube videos which explain how to take care of a variety of musical instruments. 

Music stands cost from approximately £10, and tutor books range from £5-£10.

As your child progresses, on the advice of your child’s teacher and with your agreement, your child may be able to take a graded instrumental examination for which there is a charge.

Graded examination costs currently start at around £37. 

For more information on the type of exams and the costs, visit the following websites: