Learn how to play an instrument or how to sing

Are you a budding musician or singer? Find lessons both in school and at evenings and weekends.

Choosing and buying an instrument

Choosing the right instrument to learn can be tricky. This guide from the Philharmonia Orchestra explains each of the instruments in the orchestral family.

North Yorkshire County Council gives advice on hiring instruments if you’d like to give something a try.

If you are thinking about learning the piano, composer Elissa Milne gives this useful advice in her blog post about what to do before buying.

Gear4Music offer extensive demos of different instruments and equipment.

MusicTeachers.co.uk has a premium section on their website that offers useful advice for parents about buying instruments, keeping children motivated for practice, and how to work with a teacher.

Sourcing an instrumental teacher

A big question to ask if whether your child is the right age to start learning an instrument. This American blog post by Dr Robert Cutietta discusses some of the issues to consider.

Composer Elissa Milne also discusses what the cost of lessons is - have a read here.

It is important to find a teacher that your child gets along with. Teachers often advertise locally, so check the notice boards in your local music shop. Netmums can also be a useful resource - search for ‘music classes’. For some advice about what to look for in a teacher, have a read of these blog posts from LifeHacker.co.uk and MusicLessonsResource.com.

The North Yorkshire Music Hub (which is lead by North Yorkshire Council Council Music Service) has a large database of teachers who can provide music lessons in school or at music centres. They can also provide help with music lesson fees. See their website for more info.

MusicTeachers.co.uk also has a searchable database of teachers.

Explore these providers in North Yorkshire:

Harrogate Music School
Offers: Instrument tuition
Based in: Harrogate
Web: www.harrogate-music-school.co.uk

Harrogate Music School offers a large choice of instrument tuition, not only for pupils at the school, but also to adults and children from all over Harrogate and its surrounding districts.

Innovation Music
Offers: Instrument tuition
Based in: Scarborough
Web: www.facebook.com/InnovationMusicScarborough/

At Innovation Music you can choose from a wide range of instruments. All the group lessons last 1 hour, individual/small group lessons 30 minutes and music theory sessions 45 minutes. For ages 5+.

NYCC Music Service
Offers: Instrument tuition
Based in: North Yorkshire
Web: www.northyorks.gov.uk/musicservice

NYCC Teachers give lessons during school time, in schools across North Yorkshire.

Ryedale School of Music
Offers: Instrument tuition
Based in: Kirbymoorside
Web: www.ryedalemusic.mymusicstaff.com/

Offers music tuition in piano, guitar, woodwind and brass instruments, as well as music theory tuition.

Disclaimer: Please note that signposting to information, resources or provision by NYMAZ does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation of such information, resources or provision by NYMAZ. It is strongly recommended that parents/carers check details with providers to ensure that the service being provided meets their individual requirements in terms of quality, safety, and appropriateness. It is also advised that where possible parents/carers visit provision and review inspection reports where available.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided, NYMAZ cannot accept responsibility or liability for any errors which may have occurred. Neither can NYMAZ be held responsible for any losses which you incur, whether financial or otherwise, from partaking in or relying upon any such information, resources or provision.