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Musical Instrument Hire

The JMS Instrument Hire Service has a wide range of musical instruments for hire. Our aim is to make good quality musical instruments available to students at very reasonable rates, saving the expense of buying an instrument.

Please note that instrument hire is only available to students in receipt of a lesson through JMS.

Musical instruments for hire

Strings: Violin, Cello, Double Bass, Viola

Woodwind: Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone, Clarinet

Brass: Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Cornet, Tuba, French Horn, Tenor Horn, Baritone


Instruments NOT available to hire

Guitar, Keyboard, Ukulele, Recorder, Percussion

Parents will be required to purchase these instruments prior to their child’s first lesson. Purchase advice for these instruments can be viewed further down this page.


Costs for hiring a musical instrument

List of Fees (pdf)


Instrument Maintenance

It is important that your child’s instrument is properly maintained in order to keep it working well and to avoid any unnecessary repairs. Please view the drop downs below for instrument care information:

It is important that woodwind instruments are cleaned every time they are put away with a pull-through cleaner. This will avoid any unnecessary repairs. You child’s teacher will show them how to do this correctly at their first lesson.

Flute Care Guide (pdf)

Oboe Care Guide (pdf)

Clarinet Care Guide (pdf)

Saxophone Care Guide (pdf)

Brass instruments should be cleaned every 2-3 months using the following steps:

  1. Fill a bathtub or sink with lukewarm water and washing up liquid.
  2. Remove all the slides and valves from the instrument and place these, along with the instrument and mouthpiece, into the water.
  3. Using suitable instrument cleaning brushes, brush through the slides, mouthpiece and instrument to remove any dirt.
  4. Dry all the parts with a soft cloth and reapply slide grease and valve oil before reassembling the instrument.

Should your child’s mouthpiece become stuck in their instrument, please do not try to remove it yourself. Your child’s teacher will have a special tool to remove it.

Trumpet/Cornet/Tenor Horn/Baritone/Tuba Care Guide (pdf)

French Horn Care Guide (pdf)

Trombone Care Guide (pdf)

String instruments are fragile and it is therefore important that they are handled with care and put away safely when they are not being played.

Don’t try to tune your instrument until you have been shown how by your teacher.

Clean any rosin from the body of your instrument with a soft duster before putting it away.

Strings may break from time to time. Replacements (matching your instrument’s size) can be purchased locally or from an reputable online retailer. Your child’s teacher will then be able to fit the new string at their lesson.

Violin/Viola Care Guide (pdf)

Cello/Double Bass Care Guide (pdf)

Should you child’s hire instrument stop working correctly, please do not try to repair it yourself. Please contact our resources officer Natasha Ronayne 01534 832269 or [email protected]


JMS Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme

As an alternative to hire, parents may wish to purchase an instrument through the JMS Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme. Through the scheme the Service purchases an instrument as advised by the parent/guardian, the Service is repaid by the parent/guardian interest free, over an agreed period of time.

Please note that the Assisted Purchase Scheme is only available to students in receipt of a lesson through JMS.

Please contact us for an application form.


Purchase Advice

Sourcing and buying an appropriate instrument is often difficult and confusing. There are many different makes and models each offering varying musical strengths and build quality and the price range of any particular instrument can be vast. Please consider contacting us to discuss the suitability of an instrument before hiring externally or purchasing.

Guitar Purchase Advice (pdf)

Keyboard Purchase Advice (pdf)

Percussion Purchase Advice (pdf)

For more information contact our resources officer Natasha Ronayne 01534 832269 or [email protected]


Hire Terms and Conditions

You can find our full Terms and Conditions in this section.

Terms and Conditions