We provide instrumental and vocal tuition to pupils across North Yorkshire through our county music service.

It operates Saturday morning music centres in  Harrogate (pdf / 633 KB) Northallerton (pdf / 405 KB) Scarborough (pdf / 124 KB) Selby (pdf / 415 KB) Skipton (pdf / 540 KB), and  Whitby (pdf / 119 KB), 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,  you will need to take out insurance (pdf / 14 KB).

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Contacting the music service

County music service administrative office

Children and Young People's Service Business Support
County Hall
North Yorkshire

Email: countyhall.music@northyorks.gov.uk
Telephone: 01609 532783
Fax: 01609 797141

Harrogate music centre

68A High Street
North Yorkshire

Email: will.osborn@northyorks.gov.uk
Website: www.harrogatemusiccentre.org.uk
Telephone: 01609 533321
Mobile: 07791 755941

The Music Centre is located at St Aidan's CE High School.

Northallerton music centre

c/o County Music Service Admin Office
CYPS Business Support
County Hall

Email: su.evans@northyorks.gov.uk
Telephone: 01609 536715

The music centre is located at Northallerton School and Sixth Form, School Site, Brompton Road, Northallerton. Office hours are Tuesday / Friday 9am to 3.30pm, term-time only.

Rehearsals are on Saturdays from 9.30am to 12.30pm during term-time.

Scarborough area music centre

Scarborough Sixth Form College
Sandybed Lane
North Yorkshire
YO12 5LF

Email: ralph.alder@northyorks.gov.uk
Website: www.scarboroughareamusiccentre.co.uk
Telephone: 01609 533249

The music centre is located at Scarborough Sixth Form College.

Selby music centre

c/o Selby High School
Leeds Road
North Yorkshire

Email: hannah.hebden@northyorks.gov.uk
Telephone: 01609 533853
Mobile: 07816 174088

The music centre is located at Selby High School.

Skipton music centre

1 Belle Vue Square
Broughton Road
North Yorkshire
BD23 1FJ

Email: sarah.evans@northyorks.gov.uk
Website: www.skipton-music-centre.org.uk
Telephone: 01609 534795
Mobile: 07816 174084

The music centre is located at the Ermysted's Grammar School.

Whitby music centre

c/o Scarborough Sixth Form College
Sandybed Lane
North Yorkshire
YO12 5LF

Email: ralph.alder@northyorks.gov.uk
Telephone: 01609 533249

The music centre runs at Caedmon College (Scoresby site) from September to February half-term, then at Eskdale School from after the February half-term to July.