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).
Pay for your musical instrument or instrumental lessons online
To pay for a musical instrument of lesson, use the button below.
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.
- Music lessons in schools
- Music service term dates calendar 2021-22 (pdf / 446 KB)
- Music tuition application (pdf / 290 KB)
- Instrumental and vocal tuition options
- Terms and conditions for instrumental tuition (pdf / 117 KB)
- Assisted purchase scheme for musical instruments (pdf / 23 KB)
- Practice makes perfect (pdf / 2 MB)
- Music centres - general information and fees
- Fees for Financial Year 2021 / 2022
Contacting the music service
Northallerton music centre
c/o County Music Service Admin Office
CYPS Business Support
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.
Whitby music centre
c/o Scarborough Sixth Form College
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.