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Music lessons and instrument hire

We provide instrumental and vocal tuition to pupils throughout North Yorkshire via our county music service.

It operates Saturday morning music centres in pdf icon Harrogate [264kb], pdf icon Northallerton [28kb], pdf icon Scarborough [26kb], pdf icon Selby [117kb], pdf icon Skipton [197kb], and pdf icon Whitby [49kb], offering young people the chance to experience ensemble work at a range of levels. The service also runs a variety of ensembles for which young people can audition.

County music service teachers also work in schools, where children can begin instrumental lessons from about year three. There is evidence that learning to play an instrument and read music benefits children in other areas of school life. Progress reports keep you up to date with how your child is doing. Lessons are usually taken in groups and last between 20 and 30 minutes, with up to 30 lessons offered in each academic year. In most secondary schools, music lessons are operated on a rotating timetable in order to ensure that your child does not miss the same subject lesson each week.

If you buy an instrument, you may find the assisted purchase scheme useful - it offers the chance to buy an instrument without paying VAT. If your child borrows a music centre instrument, or hires a county music service instrument, pdf icon you will need to take out insurance [13kb].

Pay for your musical instrument or instrumental lessons online

Use our online system to pay for your musical instrument or instrumental lessons quickly and easily 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you have already ordered an instrument you can make payment of £15 here. Please disregard the delivery address option as delivery will be to your child's school.

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This page was last updated on 24 June 2014