Music lessons in schools
Learning to play a musical instrument can be an extremely rewarding experience for your child, and the obvious place to start is learning a musical instrument at school.
We are here to guide you through how you can get your child music lessons in schools.
However, we know that learning music at school is just part of the experience.
Learning at school is just the beginning
Some schools might have the option to learn an instrument, but the opportunities to play with others could be limited. That is why we are keen for children to get involved at one of our Inspiring Music Centres, which offer a huge range of musical activities:
- guitars and keyboards
- rock groups
- pre-school activities and much more
The Inspiring Music Centres in Central Bedfordshire provide for students of all ages and standards, from beginner upwards, with a wide range of opportunities to develop musicianship and playing skills.
For most people, music has its greatest impact when played with others!
What age can my child start to learn to play a musical instrument?
Learning to play a musical instrument will depend on:
- their physical ability
- enthusiasm to learn
- the encouragement you give them
We’ll talk about these below, but the bottom line is its best if your child is showing interest, to arrange a meeting with their school’s instrumental tutor.
The physical side varies, some instruments naturally weigh more than others, some will require different posture to play.
We'll do our best to match up your child with a suitable musical instrument, and of course, nothing is set in stone and they can change as they physically develop and also might develop and interest in a completely different musical instrument.
We offer music lessons on:
- strings - violin, viola, cello, double bass
- brass - french horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba
- woodwind - bassoon, clarinet, fife, flute, oboe, recorder, saxophone
- keyboards - piano
- guitar - acoustic, electric and bass; ukulele
- drum kit and percussion instruments
The enthusiasm to learn a musical instrument
Your child will need to commit to going to music lessons once a week. That’s just part of learning.
They will need to regularly practice, at least 3 times a week (on top of music lessons). This will develop their skills in reading music but also stamina too – especially for woodwind and brass instruments which can be quite physically intensive to play and also to hold.
We also recommend that they play music in school groups, ensembles and orchestras so that they can learn how their instrument and music fits in with a wider group.
Aside from school, they could also participate in group music sessions at one of the Inspiring Music Centres or join a local music ensemble. This will get them mixing with people of different ages and abilities, which can be a real driver to them wanting to improve their playing.
The role of the parent or carer
The role you play as a parent / carer of a child learning a musical instrument is really important in helping them enjoy playing music.
You can help by:
- making sure they know when their music lessons are
- reminding them to attend music lessons
- monitoring how their music lessons have went and supporting feedback from their music tutor
- giving them somewhere at home to practise, without distractions such as toys, games and televisions
- making sure that they have the music and equipment for the instrument
- getting them a music stand – these cost around £10
- a comfortable seat (if the instrument involves sitting down) or space to stand up to play – bad posture can make it really difficult to breathe properly when playing a woodwind or brass instrument
- asking them how it's going – nothing beats taking an active interest in their playing
- let them show off – if you have friends or family around, let them perform in the comfort of their own home. This will get them used to playing in front of people and calm down ‘stage fright’ in the future
As their parent or carer, you will recognise if they aren’t enjoying it. It’s best to be honest; they might start one musical instrument and then take an interest in another. So, there is no point forcing them to learn if they lose interest or want to make a switch – that’s natural.
If you’re in doubt, speak privately to their music tutor to see if other options are available.