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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.

Below you will find information on our provision and the Apply Now icon to register for lessons. If you would like to register interest for your child to receive an instrumental trial session, please click here.

The next opportunity for children to try out instruments is at Children's Day 2024

Instrument Trial Sessions

Sunday, 7 July 2024, 11:00am-5:00pm

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 or on an individual basis and are delivered by professional musicians.  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

For further information on the instruments JMS provides lessons on, please visit our instruments page.

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+)
Recorder (R+)
Trumpet / Cornet
French Horn
Tenor Horn
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.

Lesson Fees


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.

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.

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