Music Lessons

Kent Music provides creative and inspiring music lessons for children, young people and adults across Kent. With decades of experience teaching generations of young musicians, hundreds of talented teachers and staff, and a passion for music in all forms, we’re experts in making music lessons which work for all students.

Music Lessons and COVID-19

At Kent Music, we’re working hard to ensure that our students can continue to receive high-quality lessons. We are planning to return to face-to-face teaching in as many venues as possible after the 2021 Easter holidays.

All face-to-face teaching will be thoroughly risk assessed with the school, teacher, and our own guidelines to ensure that lessons are safe for all involved. Meanwhile we are continuing to deliver high quality online teaching for those who we can’t teach in person, or who prefer remote lessons.

As such, you can now sign up to start face-to-face or online lessons, dependent on whether we are allowed entry to teach in your school.

Please find more information on how we’re ensuring access to music during COVID-19 on our dedicated page here.

At Kent Music, we’re passionate believers in the importance of music education for students of all ages. Learning to sing or to play a musical instrument provides enormous benefits for young people in particular, including:

  • Boosting confidence
  • Benefits to concentration and memory
  • Helping with maths and language skills
  • Improving social skills
  • Providing a creative outlet

To find out more information on the social and academic benefits of music education, the role you can play in your child’s learning or for general information on lessons and ensembles, please download a copy of our Parent Guide.

At Kent Music we have an engaged and dynamic community of students from all backgrounds and areas in Kent who benefit from high quality music lessons with us. We look forward to welcoming all new members!

Lesson spots can fill up quickly, so we’d encourage you to apply soon via the buttons below.

What we teach

At Kent Music, we teach a wide range of instruments as well as vocal lessons. Our experienced teachers can provide lessons for a variety of ages and experience levels, from beginner to advanced. Lessons can take place during the day in schools or in the evening or on Saturdays in one of our music centres. Meanwhile online lessons are flexible.

The availability of lessons may vary depending on the area you live or learn in. You can find out more about this when you register or make an enquiry via the buttons below.

Discover more about the instruments we teach below!

About our teachers

Second to our amazing students, at Kent Music we’re most proud of our teachers. While all the teachers we work with are unique in their background, experience and talents, they are all inspirational and creative musicians and teachers, passionate about teaching music!

We believe that engaged teachers deliver engaging and high-quality lessons. That’s why, alongside day to day support, we provide all our teachers with:

  • Enhanced DBS checks
  • Annual safeguarding training
  • Regular CPD (Continuing Professional Development) training in both music and education

Meet some of our regular teachers and get a taste of how teaching can work with Kent Music in these videos from summer 2020:

Making Violin Scales Fun with Lori Noriss
5 top tips for energising your practice with Lindsay Edmondson
Improvisation for Beginners with Dan Banks
Advanced Improvisation for Instrumentalists with Dan Banks

Learning with Kent Music

There is no minimum or maximum age when it comes to learning music! Introducing music to children at an early age can improve their learning ability and memory as well as skills such as sharing, creativity and concentration. We have students aged 5 and upwards – the age at which you can start is generally dependent on three factors:

  1. Academic ability – in order to succeed with instrumental or vocal tuition, you need to be able to count confidently and be learning or able to read.
  2. Physical dexterity – playing any instrument is about making controlled and purposeful physical movements with hands and fingers, and, with wind instruments, coordinating this with breathing.
  3. Emotional maturity – your lesson will last for at least 20 minutes, during which you will have to work hard, stay focused, and have good behaviour. You will also need to practice for at least 15 minutes every day on tasks your teacher sets.

We teach children, young people and adults from complete beginners up to conservatoire level. Some students want to take performance exams on their instruments; others want to take a more informal approach to learning. Either way, our teachers will work with you to help you become a better musician.

Lessons can take place in a variety of locations to suit your needs. You can select your location when you register for lessons at the buttons at the bottom of this page.

Find out more about the different locations to have a lesson here:

When COVID-19 restrictions began to be implemented, we moved quickly to ensure that we could continue to deliver music education, and thus our online offering was born!

As of September 2020, we are delivering music lessons online for individuals via Zoom. The lessons are delivered to the same high standard we hold in-person sessions. Online lessons can be even more accessible for some students, removing limitations of travel and having to carry instruments with you.

We provide support for our teachers and students to ensure online lessons are a positive experience for everyone.

Our online music lessons received an outpouring of positive responses when we ran them in summer 2020:

“I’ve been really pleased with how the online lessons have panned out…I feel that [my child] has still been making good progress and that the lessons have been beneficial. Her teacher…has done an amazing job of adapting her teaching to manage the challenges of online delivery. Having weekly contact has helped my daughter stay focused and kept her motivated.”

“Excellent teaching – my daughter is making wonderful progress”

“She’s enjoyed the online lessons and said it’s as effective as sitting next to her teacher in class.”

“Just as good as an in-person lesson, sometimes better”

We have prepared a guide for students, parents and carers having online lessons which we’d encourage you to read: Online Instrumental and Vocal Lessons: Guidance for Parents, Carers and Learners

Under normal circumstances, Kent Music offers teaching in a wide variety of schools across Kent, subject to availability in your area. With COVID-19 restrictions in mind, we are planning to return to schools where possible after the 2021 Easter holidays.

We’d encourage any interested parents or students to read our organisation’s guidance on returning safely to schools this term here: Keeping Students Safe – face-to-face learning

Please find more information on how we’re ensuring access to music during COVID-19 on our dedicated page here.

Due to the national lockdown in England, we are currently not able to offer any face-to-face teaching, including in schools.

Under normal circumstances, we offer teaching in a wide variety of schools across Kent, subject to availability in your area. All schools where we teach face-to-face are subject to a thorough risk assessment, ensuring lessons are as safe as they are educational and enjoyable for all!

We are still accepting students for our online offers this term, as well as looking into one-off courses and events which can be run online and in-person as the term continues. Find out more about learning with us at the links below:

– Music Lessons

We can offer high quality one-to-one lessons with our expert tutors for students of all ages and skill levels. Lessons are delivered via Zoom.

Since the start of this academic year, we have been running weekly online ensemble courses for students

– Online Music Centre

Since the start of this academic year, we have been running weekly online ensemble courses for students of all ages, including adults, in a safe online environment. The courses include orchestras, a Music Lab, choirs, bands and more.

Kent Music runs music centres across the county where students can have regular lessons as well as taking part in orchestras, choirs and instrumental ensembles.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our music centres are not currently running in-person Music Centres. However, we are running a temporary Online Music Centre, with ensembles running online and reduced-cost membership. Find out more at the links below.

Join our Online Music Centre
Find your local Music Centre

Tailored to your needs

Students can learn as an individual or as a small group; individual lessons can be tailored to the student’s needs while group lessons provide a fun and sociable way of learning! We would advise that individual beginners opt for a 20-30 minute lesson, increasing the lesson duration as they progress and small groups opt for a 30 minute lesson.

Spaces for group lessons are currently restricted due to COVID-19. If you are interested in small group lessons, please make an enquiry and our Customer Services team will advise you.

Your lessons can work towards music examinations or simply focus on the enjoyment and accomplishment of learning to sing or to play a musical instrument.

We have inclusion at the heart of everything we do at Kent Music, including our music lessons. We provide music lessons for students with a variety of SEN/D needs, including providing lessons in both mainstream and special schools. Our full-time SEN/D Manager works closely with our teachers, customer services team, parents/carers and students to ensure we can provide high quality music education for all.

Your teacher and Kent Music are on hand to make sure that your lessons, in whatever form they take, are designed to give you the best outcome, no matter your level of experience.

Lesson prices for 2020-21:

One to one: 20 minutes: £12 per lesson / £132 per term
One to one: 30 minutes: £18 per lesson / £198 per term

Two in a group for 20 minutes: £7.50 per lesson / £82.50 per term
Two in a group for 30 minutes: £9 per lesson / £99 per term

  • Prices shown are for August 2020 – July 2021
  • Group prices shown are per student
  • 33 lessons are taught per year

We aim to make our musical opportunities as accessible as possible to children and young people. As such we offer opportunities for financial assistance for lessons, music centre membership and music instrument hire. It’s available for is available for children and young people aged 5 – 18 years, living in Kent (not Medway). Financial Assistance can cover up to 75% or £100 per term, including instrument hire (with some exceptions).

To find out more information and if you are eligible to apply for financial assistance, please see our Financial Assistance page.

Instrument hire is available for all students, with a reduced rate for students receiving tuition through Kent Music. Students will need an instrument prior to their first lesson, and to enable them to practice at home between lessons.

How much does instrument hire cost?

Receiving lessons with Kent Music | £60 per academic year

Hire only | £120 per academic year

Visit our Instrument Hire page for more details.

A student can withdraw from lessons only at the end of term (Autumn, Spring and Summer). Half a term’s notice is required to enable Kent Music to give notice to the teacher. Withdrawals should be received by:

Autumn Term 2020 | Friday 31st October

Spring Term 2021 | Friday 20th February

Summer Term 2021 | Friday 5th June

Notice must be sent in writing by email to customerservices@kent-music.com or by letter to Kent Music, 24 Turkey Court, Turkey Mill, Ashford Road, Maidstone ME14 5PP. Notice given verbally or in writing to the teacher will not be registered as notice.

Please find our full up to date Terms & Conditions here.

How to Apply

To apply for lessons with us, new students should please register via the ‘Apply Now’ button below. You’ll be invited to register through Kent Music’s SpeedAdmin platform, where you can apply for lessons, music centre membership, financial assistance and instrument hire. Once you’ve started lessons, you can also use the platform for arrange your lessons and invoices, contact your teacher, and more.

Kent Music students, parents and carers who were learning with us in the 2020 summer term will have been automatically registered. Their account details were sent to them on the 17th August 2020.

Please contact our Customer Services team on customerservices@kent-music.com with any questions about SpeedAdmin or applying for lessons.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Kent Music family to learn, work and play together!