Which instrument should I learn?

The choice of instrument is down to you. Things to consider might include the timbre (the sound the instrument makes), the physicality (how you hold the instrument, and how it makes a sound), the genres of music the instrument often plays (classical, pop etc), and the opportunities to play with other people in ensembles (bands, orchestras etc).

How much are lessons?

Please click here to see our current fees.

What equipment will I need?

You will need an instrument – YMES can provide advice on purchase or hire if required. For most lessons you will also need a tuition book and your teacher will be able to give you more information about this at your consultation lesson. Depending on your instrument you will also need to purchase accessories from time-to-time: reeds for clarinets, strings for guitars, and so on.

Do I have to take exams?

Absolutely not! Our teachers will be happy to prepare students towards exams, where appropriate – but this is the student’s (or parent’s) decision. Exams often provide a good framework for progression though, and your teacher will be able to discuss the options with you.

How long are the lessons?

The standard lesson length is 30 minutes. Adult or teenage students may prefer a 45 or 60 minute lesson.

Do I have to have weekly lessons?

A weekly lesson is the best way to maximise progression in learning a musical instrument. Fortnightly lessons are available for adult or teenage students taking 60 minute lessons and are charged at the same rate as weekly 30 minute lessons. If you require lessons over a defined timespan (for example, additional support in the lead up to an exam or performance), please contact us to discuss your requirements.


YMES has built up a reputation over a number of years as a provider of high quality music teaching, and is the service of choice for an increasing number of schools across the region. Alongside our home tuition service and our school service, we also run community music centres – which provide additional musical opportunities across the region. All teachers are well-qualified, hold enhanced CRB/DBS disclosure, and have access to training and development opportunities. With YMES, you can be assured of an excellent experience and can get in contact with the teacher’s manager if you have any concerns. Unlike most other agencies, YMES teachers are directly employed by the company, ensuring good accountability. Temporary cover can also be arranged for staff absence. As a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, fees are kept to a minimum: we are passionate about affordable music tuition for all.

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