- Apply for music lessons
- Confirmation of your booking
- If you are continuing your music lessons
- How much do music lessons cost?
- Pay for your online music lessons
- Waiting lists
- Financial support for young musicians
Apply for music lessons
You can now apply online for music lessons taking place in a school setting either during or after school, a music centre or online. If you wish to apply for online music lessons, please see our guidelines on how to setup online music lessons.
If you cannot apply online, please contact us to request an application form.
Before you apply please see the following webpages:
- About our music lessons for children
- What instruments we teach and how to hire them
- Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme
- Music lessons terms and conditions.
When applying please state your preferred instrument and preferred location were you would like your lessons to take place.
To find out more about what instruments we offer music lessons for and which schools and music centre's we offer music lessons at, please contact us.
- If we do not currently teach that instrument at that location, we will contact you to discuss other available options and identify the nearest location.
- If we do teach in that preferred location and there is currently no availability, you will be put on a waiting list until the next available space and we will contact you to let them know when a space has become available.
Confirmation of your booking
Music lessons for each term will be on the following dates:
- Autumn: 1 September to 17 December (No lessons during half term 23 October to 31 October)
- Spring: 4 January to 1 April (No lessons during half term 12 February to 20 February)
- Summer: 19 April to 22 July (No lessons during half term 28 May to 5 June)
Please check your booking confirmation for your start date.
You will receive your booking confirmation by email or letter. We will then contact you to discuss availability and the most appropriate place and time for lessons.
Invoices will be sent out at the beginning of each term.
If a pupil joins a lesson part way through the term, you will receive verbal confirmation followed by the booking confirmation letter or email.
If you are continuing your lessons
Any pupil currently having lessons with us will automatically be re-enrolled next term, unless they have already given notice not to continue or are finishing year 6 and moving onto secondary school.
Students who have requested lessons and are moving up to secondary school will be contacted by email.
Lessons will continue for students who already have lessons externally to their primary school and are moving up to year 7.
How much do music lessons cost?
Fees for a term of 10 lessons for all instruments and children at school:
- £86 (Group of three or four, 30 minutes)
- £126 (Group of two, 30 minutes)
- £153 (Individual, 20 minutes)
- £219 (Individual, 30 minutes)
- £57 (Group of five, 30 minutes)
Please note that piano group lessons are only available at Woking Youth Arts Centre.
We may offer (subject to availability) a discount of £126 per term towards individual or group lessons, free instrument hire and free ensemble membership to families who are in receipt of:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit or if their annual income, as assessed by the Inland Revenue exceeds £16,190 in the current tax year)
- Working Tax Credit run on – paid for 4 weeks after Working Tax credit entitlement finishes
- Universal Credit – if applied for on or after 1 April 2018 household income must be lesson than £7,400 (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
- Surrey Young Carers
Looked After Children can receive a discount of £153 per term towards individual or group lessons, free instrument hire and free ensemble membership.
When we are arranging lessons let us know that you would like to claim a concession, and we will ask you to send proof of your entitlement to any of these benefits.
Please also see below for organisations that offer financial support for young musicians.
Pay for your music lessons
Once your music lessons have been confirmed, you will receive a booking confirmation. You can pay for your music lessons once you have received your invoice. If you have booked before the start of the term, invoices will be sent prior to music lessons starting.
It is important that you pay this invoice in full within two weeks of receiving it.
You can pay online using a debit or credit card, by entering your customer account number and invoice number.
Alternatively, you can pay by cheque, by writing your customer account number and invoice number on the reverse of your cheque and posting it to: Surrey County Council, PO Box 738, Camberley, GU15 9LH.
Please note, you should not send any other correspondence to this address.
If your preferred instrument and location is not available, you have the option to be put on a waiting list.
Instruments such as guitar, piano and drums are particularly oversubscribed and it may take longer for lessons to be started.
When a suitable lesson is available Surrey Arts will contact you by email, with the lesson details and terms and conditions after which lessons can be set up and confirmation will be sent by email.
You can find out where you are on the waiting list by contacting Surrey Arts by email: email@example.com
Financial support for young musicians
Learning to play a musical instrument can be costly, but there organisations that can offer you financial to continue to do so:
- Cheryl King (Hirst) Trust offer financial bursaries to enable you to have or continue with individual or group instrument lessons, if you would not otherwise be able to do so. The bursary is open to children and young people under 18 in Surrey, who are learning musical instruments and have been nominated by their instrument teacher.
- Awards for Young Musicians believes that all talented young people deserve the chance to progress in their music making. If you are an expectational young instrumentalist, you can apply for an award of up £2,000.