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Music Lessons

Learning to sing or to play a musical instrument provides enormous benefits for young people in terms of their intellectual, social and emotional development. To find out more information on the social and academic benefits of music education, the role you can play in your child’s learning or for general information on lessons and ensembles, please download a copy of our Parent Guide (PDF).

Below you will find information on our provision and the Apply Now icon to register for lessons.

Lessons in school or at Jersey Music Service

Lessons take place at school during the school day where possible; however, we also offer after school lessons at the Jersey Music Service where we are unable to accommodate this. If this is the case, we will contact you prior to allocating a lesson out of school hours.

We deliver 30 lessons over the academic year, the number of lessons per term varying.

Lessons are offered in small groups and are delivered by professional musicians, individual lessons are provided on consultation. All of our teachers have a current DBS and receive annual training and quality assurance. 

Group lessons are a fun and sociable way of learning a musical instrument. Lessons can work towards music examinations (ABRSM/Trinity College/Rockschool) or simply focus on the enjoyment and accomplishment of learning to sing or to play a musical instrument.

The Application Process

On application, your child will be placed on our waiting list for a lesson. We take on new pupils at the beginning of each term, depending on teacher availability and pupil interest.

Please note that we are only able to offer tuition on one instrument per child, however, you may put your child on the waiting list for more than one instrument.

Once we have been able to allocate your child a lesson, you will receive a letter with further details and a copy of their lesson timetable.

Choosing an Instrument

JMS provides tuition on the following instruments:

 

Choosing which instrument to learn can sometimes be a difficult choice to make. There are some important things to consider:

  • Enthusiasm – to get the most out of their instrumental lessons, it is important that a child is enthusiastic about their choice of instrument.
  • Age – the table below details the minimum age that we recommend a child should be to start each instrument. It is important to remember, however, that instruments are often transferable; if your child is keen to learn the saxophone for example, the recorder is a good starting point. Similarly, if your child expresses enthusiasm to learn the tuba, the baritone will teach the basics of brass playing that they can transfer over to the tuba when they are old enough.

String Woodwind Y3+ Brass Y3+ Other
Violin (Y1+)
Viola (Y1+)
Cello (Y1+)
Double Bass (Y3+)
Flute
Oboe
Clarinet
Bassoon
Saxophone
Recorder (R+)
Trumpet / Cornet
French Horn
Tenor Horn
Baritone
Euphonium
Trombone
Tuba
Percussion (Incl. Drum Kit) (Y1+)
Keyboard (Y1+)
Guitar (Y2+)
Ukulele (Y1+)
Singing (Voice) (R+)

 

  • Ensemble Opportunities – consider whether your chosen instrument will offer opportunities to play music with others. Children who learn orchestral instruments from the brass, woodwind and string families will soon be able to play in music groups with others; in Training Wind Band and Training String Orchestra for example. Group opportunities are also available for guitarists in Guitar Ensemble. Playing music with others is highly rewarding and can open up all sorts of exciting possibilities, such as being able to take part in concerts. Click here for more information on our ensemble provision.
  • Instrument Requirement – the JMS Hire Service is able to offer instrument hire for all the instruments in our instrument guide, excluding guitar, keyboard, ukulele, recorder and percussion. Parents will be required to purchase these instruments. Click here for more information on the JMS Hire Service.

For further information on the instruments that JMS provides tuition on, please see our instrument guide below.

Instrument Guide

Woodwind Instruments↑ Back to Instruments

All woodwind instruments make a sound either by blowing through a reed, which is a piece of wood specially shaped to make a sound, or by splitting the air across a hard edge.

The recorder offers and excellent introduction to wind instruments and music making. It introduces transferable skills and is therefore a good instrument for someone learning music for the first time.

Suitable Age: Reception +

Available to hire from JMS: No

The flute is the highest member of the woodwind family. It is small, light and easy to carry but requires a lot of air to produce its sound. The instrument’s sound is produced by blowing across the hole in the mouthpiece, much like blowing across a bottle top. The flute is used in many different kinds of ensembles including wind bands, orchestras and jazz bands. The flute is adaptable for players of different sizes, young players often starting on a flute with a curved head.

Suitable Age: Year 3 +

Available to hire from JMS: Yes

JMS Ensemble Opportunities: Training Wind Band, Intermediate Wind Band, Jersey Youth Wind Band

The clarinet is a highly versatile instrument with a very wide range. The instrument uses a reed to produce its sound. Clarinetists can play in many different ensembles, including wind bands, orchestras and jazz bands. Young players often begin lessons on the smaller Eb clarinet before transitioning onto the standard Bb clarinet.

Suitable Age: Year 3 +

Available to hire from JMS: Yes

JMS Ensemble Opportunities: Training Wind Band, Intermediate Wind Band, Jersey Youth Wind Band

The oboe has a beautifully haunting sound and uses a double reed to produce this. Considered an ‘endangered species’ of instrument, it is a fantastic choice for those pupils who wish to try something a little different and who will subsequently be in great demand as an ensemble player.

Suitable Age: Year 3 +

Available to hire from JMS: Yes

JMS Ensemble Opportunities: Training Wind Band, Intermediate Wind Band, Jersey Youth Wind Band

The bassoon is the largest and lowest member of the woodwind family, producing a very rich and sonorous tone. Like the oboe, the bassoon uses a double reed to produce its sound. The bassoon is often regarded as an ‘endangered species’ of instrument and therefore bassoon players will always be in demand in orchestras and wind bands. For smaller players, we have ‘mini’ bassoons that offer a perfect introduction to the instrument.

Suitable Age: Year 3 +

Available to hire from JMS: Yes

JMS Ensemble Opportunities: Training Wind Band, Intermediate Wind Band, Jersey Youth Wind Band

The saxophone comes in different sizes and pitches – JMS offer tuition on the alto and tenor saxophones. The instrument itself can be heavy to hold, however, a sling is used to support it whilst playing. Similar to the clarinet, the saxophone uses a single reed to produce its sound. It is a very versatile instrument and players enjoy opportunities in wind bands, jazz and big bands. Hand size is important for playing the saxophone and so smaller musicians may benefit from beginning tuition on the clarinet before transitioning to the saxophone.

Suitable Age: Year 3 +

Available to hire from JMS: Yes

JMS Ensemble Opportunities: Training Wind Band, Intermediate Wind Band, Jersey Youth Wind Band

Brass Instruments↑ Back to Instruments

Brass players all make their basic sound in the same way: by ‘buzzing’ into the mouthpiece. The instruments of the brass family are very versatile and feature in a wide range of ensembles.

The trumpet is the most popular brass instrument and the highest member for the family. It is an extremely versatile instrument, featuring in many different types of ensembles, from orchestras to wind bands and big bands.

The cornet is very similar to the trumpet, being slightly smaller in size and featuring a more mellow sound. Its small size makes it an excellent choice for young musicians. The cornet is most commonly used in brass bands and wind bands.

Suitable Age: Year 3 +

Available to hire from JMS: Yes

JMS Ensemble Opportunities: Training Wind Band, Intermediate Wind Band, Jersey Youth Wind Band

Unlike the rest of the brass family, the trombone features a slide which is used to change notes. The trombone features in a huge range of ensembles, including wind bands, orchestras and jazz bands. We have lighter plastic trombones well suited to young beginners.

Suitable Age: Year 3 +

Available to hire from JMS: Yes

JMS Ensemble Opportunities: Training Wind Band, Intermediate Wind Band, Jersey Youth Wind Band

The French horn is a tricky but rewarding instrument to play. A highly versatile instrument, its lovey mellow sound is well suited to many different styles of music. Horn players have opportunities to play in orchestras, wind bands and chamber ensembles. French horns come in different sizes, young beginners generally starting on a ‘mini’ horn.

Suitable Age: Year 3 +

Available to hire from JMS: Yes

JMS Ensemble Opportunities: Training Wind Band, Intermediate Wind Band, Jersey Youth Wind Band

The tenor horn works in the same manner as the trumpet but is slightly larger and therefore lower in pitch. The instrument’s bell is directed upwards whilst playing. The tenor horn in used widely in wind and brass bands.

Suitable Age: Year 3 +

Available to hire from JMS: Yes

JMS Ensemble Opportunities: Training Wind Band, Intermediate Wind Band, Jersey Youth Wind Band

The bassoon is the largest and lowest member of the woodwind family, producing a very rich and sonorous tone. Like the oboe, the bassoon uses a double reed to produce its sound. The bassoon is often regarded as an ‘endangered species’ of instrument and therefore bassoon players will always be in demand in orchestras and wind bands. For smaller players, we have ‘mini’ bassoons that offer a perfect introduction to the instrument.

Suitable Age: Year 3 +

Available to hire from JMS: Yes

JMS Ensemble Opportunities: Training Wind Band, Intermediate Wind Band, Jersey Youth Wind Band

Both the baritone and euphonium are played in the same manner as the trumpet and tenor horn, using valves to move between notes. Both instruments have a deep tone, being pitched an octave lower than the trumpet. Both instruments are used widely in wind and brass bands. Players who begin on the baritone or euphonium may think about moving over to the tuba in the future.

Suitable Age: Year 3 +

Available to hire from JMS: Yes

JMS Ensemble Opportunities: Training Wind Band, Intermediate Wind Band, Jersey Youth Wind Band

The tuba is the biggest and lowest member of the brass family. The instrument is used in many genres from classical to jazz. Considered an ‘endangered species’ of instrument, tuba players will therefore always be in demand as ensembles – the tuba is the foundation of the ensemble. We have smaller sized tubas perfect for beginners.

Suitable Age: Year 3 +

Available to hire from JMS: Yes

JMS Ensemble Opportunities: Training Wind Band, Intermediate Wind Band, Jersey Youth Wind Band

String Instruments↑ Back to Instruments

Sound is produced on string instruments by drawing the bow across one of the four strings or by plucking the string with a finger. All string instruments come in a range of different sizes, meaning that they can grow with the player.

The violin is the smallest and highest member of the string family. It is played with the instrument under the chin on the left side. The violin is a highly versatile instrument, capable of playing many different styles of music.

Suitable Age: Year 1 +

Available to hire from JMS: Yes

JMS Ensemble Opportunities: Training String Orchestra, Intermediate String Orchestra, Jersey Youth String Orchestra

The viola is played in the same manner as the violin but is slightly larger, giving it a richer and more sonorous tone. It is an excellent choice for those who wish to learn something a little different and viola players are always in demand to play in orchestras.

Suitable Age: Year 1 +

Available to hire from JMS: Yes

JMS Ensemble Opportunities: Training String Orchestra, Intermediate String Orchestra, Jersey Youth String Orchestra

The cello is the second largest member of the string family. The cello is played in an upright position with the left hand resting on the back of the next. The right hand either plucks the strings or holds the bow. It is renowned for its beautiful singing tone. Cello players are always in demand to play in orchestras.

Suitable Age: Year 1 +

Available to hire from JMS: Yes

JMS Ensemble Opportunities: Training String Orchestra, Intermediate String Orchestra, Jersey Youth String Orchestra

The tenor horn works in the same manner as the trumpet but is slightly larger and therefore lower in pitch. The instrument’s bell is directed upwards whilst playing. The tenor horn in used widely in wind and brass bands.

Suitable Age: Year 3 +

Available to hire from JMS: Yes

JMS Ensemble Opportunities: Training Wind Band, Intermediate Wind Band, Jersey Youth Wind Band

The largest and lowest member of the string family, the double bass is used in many genres, from classical to rock. It is considered an ‘endangered species’ of instrument and therefore double bassists will always be in high demand as ensemble players – the double bass is the foundation of the ensemble.

Suitable Age: Year 3 +

Available to hire from JMS: Yes

JMS Ensemble Opportunities: Training String Orchestra, Intermediate String Orchestra, Jersey Youth String Orchestra

Other Instruments↑ Back to Instruments

A percussion instrument is a musical instrument that is sounded by being struck or scraped by a beater or hand. Percussion is an umbrella term for instruments including the drum kit, tuned percussion (e.g. xylophone, glockenspiel, timpani) and untuned percussion (e.g. snare drum, congas, bongos). Percussionists have the opportunity to play in a wide variety of ensembles from wind bands and orchestras, to brass bands and big bands.

The JMS Hire Service is unable to provide hire of percussion instruments. Parents are required to buy their child a drum practice pad, at minimum, for home practice.

Suitable Age: Year 1 +

Available to hire from JMS: No

JMS Ensemble Opportunities: Training Wind Band, Intermediate Wind Band, Jersey Youth Wind Band

The keyboard is a popular beginner’s instrument. Very versatile, keyboard players can explore a range of styles, including, classical, jazz and popular music. The keyboard is generally considered a solo instrument and so there are limited opportunities for ensemble playing.

This is one of the instruments that the JMS Hire Service does not stock. Parents are required to purchase an instrument for their child prior to their first lesson, to be used for home practice. Keyboards will be in place at your child’s school for lessons to take place on.

Suitable Age: Year 1 +

Available to hire from JMS: No

JMS Ensemble Opportunities: N/A

The guitar comes in different sizes to fit the pupil and can be re-strung for left-handed pupils. There are severa styles of guitar playing, including folk, classical, jazz and rock.

This is one of the instruments that the JMS Hire Service does not stock. Parents are required to purchase an instrument for their child prior to their first lesson.

Suitable Age: Year 2 +

Available to hire from JMS: No

JMS Ensemble Opportunities: Guitar Ensemble

The tenor horn works in the same manner as the trumpet but is slightly larger and therefore lower in pitch. The instrument’s bell is directed upwards whilst playing. The tenor horn in used widely in wind and brass bands.

Suitable Age: Year 3 +

Available to hire from JMS: Yes

JMS Ensemble Opportunities: Training Wind Band, Intermediate Wind Band, Jersey Youth Wind Band

The ukulele is a fun instrument that offers an excellent introduction to music. The instrument is adaptable to a wide range of styles and many popular songs are easily playable on the ukulele’s four strings.

This is one of the instruments that the JMS Hire Service does not stock. Parents are required to purchase an instrument for their child prior to their first lesson.

Suitable Age: Year 1 +

Available to hire from JMS: No

JMS Ensemble Opportunities: N/A

Remissions

Where a family is in receipt of Income Support there is no charge to access Jersey Music Service’s provision, however, this is limited to lessons and associated instrument hire on one instrument.

The parent/guardian is required to complete a paper copy of the registration form, ensuring that section 6 of the form is completed and the original form is returned via post. Jersey Music Service will then verify termly whether the parent/guardian is in receipt of Income Support with the Social Security Department. No specific details about the Income Support claim will be returned to Jersey Music Service and this information will be used solely to confirm that a claim is in place. Should a claim not be in place the parent/guardian will receive an invoice and payment will be due.  The parent/guardian will be liable for fees until the income support claim is verified by the Social Security Department.

Fee reductions are available for families with more than one child receiving tuition from the Jersey Music Service. These reductions are automatically applied.

Jersey Music Service has a limited fund that provides support to families who would not otherwise be able to access provision. These funds are available to provide help to students who need financial assistance. Any child attending an island school (or home schooled) in any phase or sector is eligible to apply for a Bursary Award. Further information can be requested from Jersey Music Service.

Terms & Conditions

Please ensure you view our Terms and Conditions prior to registering your child for lessons.

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Cancelling Lessons

A student can withdraw from lessons only at the end of a term, written notice is required at least 6 weeks before the end of the term you wish tuition to cease.  Please view the Terms and Conditions.  Notice can be emailed to [email protected] or sent in writing by letter to: Jersey Music Service, Old Mont Cantel House, St Helier, Jersey, JE2 3ZQ.