About our music lessons for children

Would you like to introduce your child to the thrill of learning and making music? Surrey Arts provide many opportunities for children and young people to play, learn and perform across a range of types of music.

Learning an instrument allows children and young people 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.

The recommended age for instrumental teaching will vary depending on the instrument. Please see our webpage: What instruments we teach and how to hire them for information or contact Surrey Arts.

You may also be interested in our singing, choirs and vocal groups, for children.

During the current climate and the coronavirus pandemic we have introduced a number of safety procedures to keep our music lessons safe for tutors and pupils.

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Music classes for early years children

Jingle Bugs

Jingle Bugs is a fun, friendly guitar-led series of classes for babies and children (aged from 3 months to 5 years) run by Surrey Arts. Classes feature an exciting range of instruments, props and resources which develop children's natural love of music and enhance literacy, speech, numeracy, physical and social development, confidence and independence. Every fortnight there is a new theme, related to your child's world. The content of the class is tailored to your child's age:

  • The baby class has many sensory aids (visual and touch, knee bounce songs and basic signing).
  • The toddlers and preschool class has additional movement songs, story telling and games which encourage children to be more independent and world aware.

Teacher and instruments

Jingle Bugs is led by Nina, a singer and Early Years trained teacher, and is almost entirely guitar-led. The guitar is the perfect instrument for this setting because it accompanies without overpowering, keeping the focus on the voice and melody. The guitar can be used for dramatic effect with dynamic and rhythmic changes. The children can experience all kinds of music, from Beethoven to Bowie, from Bach to Bjork!

When and where

Mondays: Online classes via Zoom Wednesdays: The Colman Redland Centre, Croydon Road, Reigate RH2 0NA

Monday 9.40-10.10am JingleBugs Toddlers Online (2 years and over)
Monday 10.40-11.20am JingleBugs Babies Online (0-2 years)
Wednesday 10.30-11.10am JingleBugs Babies In-Person (non-walking, non-crawling)

How to join

£51 per 10 week term Siblings (in-person session): £29 per 10 week term
Please contact Surrey Arts to find out about how to join, start dates and further information.


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 3 and 7 years.

Children work with specialist Surrey Arts Stringbabies teachers to learn an instrument whilst developing general music skills using games, toys and movement in an innovative way.

If your school is interested in introducing the programme, please contact Surrey Arts for more information about Stringbabies in your area.

Music lessons for primary and secondary school children

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 music 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 music centres or schools used as music centres.

To find out about the music lessons we offer and which schools and music centres we offer music lessons at, please contact Surrey Arts

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Music exams

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 lessons

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 please contact Surrey Arts.

Support for schools teaching music

If you are a school or teacher and require support with teaching music, Surrey Arts can provide help and advice on all aspects of the Primary Music Curriculum, whether it be:

  • classroom workshops
  • singing assemblies
  • staff meetings
  • inset training
  • sorting resources,
  • or ideas to enhance your music curriculum.

Find out more about support for schools, or contact Judith Royle by email on judith.royle@surreycc.gov.uk or telephone on 07968 833973.

Music workshops and courses

Surrey Arts offer many opportunities for young people to extend their learning with a variety of music and arts workshops. These take place throughout the year and include orchestral courses, singing workshops, piano master classes, guitar skills workshops and many more.


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.