Our work in schools and the community

We offer a carefully monitored service including support to schools and professional instrumental teaching.


Instrumental Teaching

We provide instrumental lessons in primary and secondary schools in a variety of different ways to suit children and young people at different times in life and with different reasons for wanting to learn. The lessons are delivered by specialist teachers of each instrument or family of instruments. In the early stages, teaching is often done in small groups, but advanced pupils, those playing minority instruments and those sitting examinations, may be given more individual attention. Instrumental teaching is generally carried out during school hours and every effort is made to arrange times so as not to interfere with the schools internal timetables. Pupils will be invited to join Music Centre orchestras, bands and other ensembles as soon as they reach the necessary standard. Please see the William Appleby Music Centre page for more information. Pupils can be prepared for a variety of examinations. These include the performance part of GCSE and A-Level music as well the syllabuses of ABRSM, Trinity College & London College of Music.

Instruments taught

Lessons are provided on:
  • guitar (includes classical, electric & ukulele)
  • recorder
  • piano/keyboard
  • voice
  • full range of orchestral, band and percussion instruments including:
    • Stringed instruments - violin, viola, cello, double bass
    • Woodwind instruments - flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone
    • Brass instruments - trumpet, cornet, horn, trombone, tuba
    • Percussion - drum kit, tuned percussion, handheld percussion

First Access at Key Stage 2

Whole class instrument tuition is also provided that allows all children to begin learning a musical instrument as part of their class at Primary School. Over half of Doncaster's Primary and Special Schools currently take part in these programmes and projects include samba, recorder, woodwind, brass, guitar, ukulele and strings.

Feedback from schools

"Our chair of governors particularly commented on how much confidence the children had gained and the eagerness and keenness of wanting to perform in front of others, music sessions have definitely supported in raising self-esteem - we are so proud of all the children". July 2016

Early years music

Through class music making, children will learn about turn taking, waiting, listening skills, social skills, language skills, concentrating and sharing in a group situation. Our specialist Early Music Team can support and encourage teachers, nursery nurses and classroom assistants in delivering a “Fun and Exciting” Music Makers experience by:
  • using music to enrich the topics studied in class;
  • developing the use of props and instruments to support Phase 1 from Letters and Sounds;
  • using tunes and rhythms to develop musical awareness.
For further details and to take part in future projects, please email: doncastermusicservice@doncaster.gov.uk or use the Music Service enquiry eForm 

Ensemble Leaders

The specialist help of an experienced instrumental teacher from our service may be invaluable in the directing of group work in schools. Many teachers with the Music Hub have wide experience as performers and conductors and it is possible to arrange for our staff to rehearse and direct school music and vocal ensembles during the school day, at lunch time and after school.

Classroom support for music

Schools, particularly those without a music specialist, may wish to buy in the services of an experienced classroom teacher to help meet the requirements of the National Curriculum in music.

Advice and support

An advisory service is available to schools on all matters concerning the delivery of music in schools. Practical help is offered to teachers of music by the provision of CPD opportunities either through school or centrally based courses. Regular meetings are held for Primary Music Co-ordinators and also for Secondary Heads of Music to disseminate information and share best practice.

Musical events and Resources for Schools

The Music Service has created a number of tutorials for students and schools. 
The Music Hub has a wealth of resources and links to help parents, students and schools deliver music. 
Classic FM & ABRSM produced a resource for primary schools called Classical 100  to support curriculum work
 There are a number of Frequently Asked Questions on our AboutDoncaster Music Service page that may help you

 Music Service enquiry form

Submit your enquiry to us electronically and someone will be in touch:

There are a number of Frequently Asked Questions on our About Doncaster Music Service page that may help you but please use the eForm or contact details below if you need more information.


  • email: doncastermusicservice@doncaster.gov.uk

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Last updated: 15 February 2022 09:38:16