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About our music lessons for children

Learning an instrument allows pupils to express themselves and grow in self-confidence whilst developing other skills such as hand and eye coordination, spatial and social skills, and self-reliance and develop better memories. Visit the Surrey Music Hub to find out more about the benefits of learning music and resources to help students develop their musical skills and knowledge

The recommended age for instrumental teaching will vary depending on the instrument. If you require advice on which instrument to choose, please contact Surrey Arts.

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Early years

Jingle Bugs

Jingle Bugs are fun, friendly, guitar led music class for babies and children from three months to five years old, run by Surrey Arts. To find out more email:


Surrey Arts and Stringbabies Ltd. have come together to offer Surrey's schools and young children a fun way to learn stringed instruments. Currently, in a number of schools in the county, the programme is available county-wide for children between five and seven years. Email for more information or if your school is interested in introducing the programme.

Singing Bugs

A new singing group for boys and girls aged 4 - 8 years old. Through singing children can immediately become music makers! Using singing rhymes and musical games children become aware of pitch, pulse, rhythm, loudness and speed. The sessions are based on having fun with musical games and songs. Children learn the musical skills of listening, singing in tune and inner hearing while having fun and making friends. Classes use resources from the Jolly Music syllabus which is based on the principles of Hungarian teacher and composer Kodaly. Find more vocal opportunities on Surrey Music Hub

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Primary and secondary

Our expert tutors help 15,000 children and young people in Surrey to learn to sing and play all sorts of different musical instruments by visiting schools to give one-to-one or small group instrumental lessons. Our Surrey Arts film gives to an idea of what our music lessons offer.

Lessons may change over time to accommodate children's individual needs and in these cases we will offer the most appropriate group or individual lesson.

We teach all the usual orchestral and band instruments in our lessons such as; strings, woodwind, brass and percussion, as well as kit drums, guitar, piano, keyboard, recorder and singing. Find out more about:

We aim to teach as many instruments as possible at each school and Centre. However, this is restricted by the teaching rooms available to us, and the number of pupils interested in learning any given instrument.

  • We offer music lessons for children from the age of Reception class to 19 years of age, but the instruments taught will depend upon the age of the child.
  • Music lessons run for a school term, there are 10 lessons per term.
  • Music lessons whether provided within a group or a one to one session are usually between 20 to 30 minutes long.
  • Lessons for primary and secondary school pupils normally take place at their school during the school day. However, if we are unable to provide a lesson during the school day you may be offered lessons after school or on Saturday mornings at local Centres or schools used as Centres.

To find out about the music lessons we offer and which schools and Centres we offer music lessons at, please contact us directly by telephone: 01483 519303 or email

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Schools and teachers

If you want music to make a difference in your school, take a look at the Surrey Music Hub school's section, for more information about the services we offer.


Surrey Arts pupils can be entered for grade examinations through Trinity Guildhall or Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). Your child's teacher will notify you when they are ready and provide you with the relevant information.

Music theory

Music theory lessons are available for beginners and advanced students. These are additional lessons for students to learn music theory outside of their weekly music lessons.

In order to progress beyond Grade 5 with the ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) instrumental exams, students are required to be at Grade 5 theory level. These music theory classes teach all theory grades and are particularly useful for Grade 5 theory.

Lessons are available on Saturday mornings during term time at Queen Eleanor's C of E Junior School in Guildford. The cost for 10 lessons is £50 and this is pro rata for those joining mid way through the term.

To book onto lessons or to check availability telephone us on 01483 519303 or email:

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Music workshops

During the school year tutors from Surrey Arts visit many schools across the county to host workshops to encourage young people to learn a musical instrument. These workshops cover the variety of music families from strings, woodwind, percussion, guitar, brass, piano and keyboard.

The next dates are set for Saturday morning Guitar Workshops starting in Woking and Leatherhead.


There are a number of ensembles available for all levels of ability. If you already play to an advanced level, you can join one of our Area or County Ensembles.

Easter Music Course 2020

Easter Music Course at Royal Alexandra and Albert School, Redhill

Running for over 40 years, this music course (residential and non-residential options) has given many young musicians the opportunity to develop, play and perform with other young musicians while making friends at the same time.

Sunday 5 - Thursday 9 April 2020

Bookings open October 2020

For further details and other holiday music courses and workshops visit Surrey Music Hub