WE ARE NOW TAKING BOOKINGS FOR COURSES TO START FOR SEPTEMBER!
Click this link to book a course and set up payment via our secure booking portal:
Please note the following before booking lessons.
Bookings: All bookings are subject to final confirmation of teacher availability and a suitable teaching space in school.
Lesson Delivery: Lessons take place during school hours at times agreed with the school. This is common practice for instrument lessons provided in schools across the UK. At secondary schools, although the teaching day remains the same, lesson times are changed usually every two weeks to avoid students coming out of class at the same time each week for their instrument lesson. If a lesson outside school hours is the only option, this may be arranged subject to your agreement and being able to find a mutually convenient time.
COVID-19: In the event of lessons not being able to take place in schools due to any measures implemented to control the spread of coronavirus, please be aware that the course of lessons would continue online at home if you have access to the internet. Music for Life has provided online lessons to hundreds of students very successfully this way, and parents and students found this a great help in maintaining a sense of normality and continuity during the coronavirus emergency. With lessons continuing for the past year in school in a safe and secure way, we are confident we will be able to continue delivering lessons throughout the pandemic.
Number of lessons: This will be set according to the time of year the lessons are booked and is based on the number of lessons it should be possible to provide during the academic year. However, all new courses are only committed to a term’s “taster” period – usually around 12 weeks. At the end of the taster period, you may change the course, cancel further lessons, or join the 95% of students who choose to take any remaining lessons booked!
Cancellations: Outside of the first term’s “taster” period offered to all new course bookings, a term’s notice (usually around 12 teaching weeks) is required.
Costs: You will be able to compare prices and choose what type of course to book – shared lessons (not available for piano or drums), 20 minute one-to-one lessons or 30 minute one-to-one lessons – on the online booking form when you book. Typically, shared lessons cost £27 per month, and a one-to-one lesson £39.75 per month. In some schools, fees may be significantly less due to subsidy. The prices shown on the booking portal will be correct for your school.
Payment: You can choose to pay in full or monthly using almost any card – credit or debit. Communication to and from our booking portal is encrypted.
Financial Support: May be available in cases of hardship. Please contact us before booking if you would like to discuss.
Reception children & Y1 children: We do not take bookings for children in reception class, and we don’t take online bookings for children in Y1. However, do contact us by phone or email to register interest for the future or if you wish to discuss!
Y2 and Y3 children: Some instruments are generally only suitable for children in Y4 or older – most brass and woodwind instruments, for example. You will find you can’t book lessons on these instruments via the booking portal if your child is younger. However, we do make some exceptions to these rules! Don’t hesitate to contact us by email or phone if you want to discuss.
Instruments: You will need an instrument to take the course, drums being the exception during the taster course. Should you require an instrument, please indicate this when you book the course and we will send you information along with our booking acknowledgment email about four superb suppliers. To give you an idea of cost, you can hire most types of instruments – brass, most woodwind and keyboards – for around £9 per month with whatever you pay in hire coming off the price of the instrument should you later decide to purchase. Interest free loans are available through an Arts Council England funded programme designed to help young people get into music, and you can buy instruments free of VAT and at an educational discount for children who have instrumental lessons in school. Music for Life receives no payment or commission from any supplier, which leaves us free to recommend people we feel offer best quality and value. You might like to check out the suppliers below to get some further idea of prices.
Duet Shop: Online store that will deliver a brand new instrument to your home. You can spread payments across 12 to 60 months, with prices starting from £7.50. There is an extensive range of instruments on offer and they cater for the beginner and the advanced player. https://www.duetshop.co.uk/
Cheshire Music: Great for top quality, properly reconditioned, second hand woodwind, brass and keyboard instruments which come with a year guarantee. Will deliver to school. http://www.cheshiremusicuk.com
Gear 4 Music: Offering a wide selection of instruments, including technology for musicians, with many instruments having the option of ‘instrumental starter packs‘ that include all the essentials you need to start music lessons. Payments can be spread through finance options ranging from 12 to 48 months. https://www.gear4music.com/
Dawsons: Stores across the region, great for quality instruments and service, and can advise about VAT free discounted purchase. Will deliver to school. http://www.dawsons.co.uk
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You are only committed to a 12 week “taster” period when you book and may then cancel further lessons, change instrument or join the 96% of students who continue and complete the full course booked!
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Praise for Music for Life
Mr and Mrs Hughes, Macclesfield
Dr Sims, Upton, Wirral
In 2 short years, my daughter has progressed to now starting work on grade 4 flute. We are absolutely delighted with this and so very grateful to Mrs Oade who has inspired and encouraged Rebekah so much. The standard of her teaching has been second to none and Rebekah has consistently undertaken her practice with no prompting. We are now re-locating and can only hope that Rebekah’s new teacher is anywhere near as excellent as Mrs Oade.
Thank you to ‘Music for Life’. Rebekah was schooled in the private sector for prep and had music lessons arranged with individual instrument teachers. The system was nowhere near as efficient and required significantly more monitoring and intervention on my part. Please do keep doing what you’re doing, I’m sure it is changing so many young persons lives for the better!
Mrs Batchelor, Chester
I just wanted to say thank you to his tutors and MfL for inspiring my son and being brilliant, encouraging teachers. It has been a great experience for him. He is autistic and we have been amazed how he has progressed. It has given him confidence and been a calming influence for him.
Mrs Lavelle, Altrincham
Your emphasis on inclusion and excellence in seemingly equal measure is really remarkable. The performances were much more joyful and committed than anything we have seen before from people of that age and experience. Your choice of music, the type of arranging and the personalities of the people you employ clearly works very well and is something of a special formula.
Mrs Sadler, Crewe
As someone who has always taken a sympathetic and supportive interest in our daughter (whom you know to be severely /profoundly deaf ) we thought you would want to know that she has won a National competition for deaf musicians! Her prize includes a 2 day Masterclass, taught by specialists of national repute and then she is playing at the Birmingham Rep Theatre. Well done Mrs Turner and Music For Life!