Lessons for children
Most of our lessons take place in Surrey schools, and can take place during or after school hours, for individuals or small groups depending on tutor and classroom availability.
Contact Surrey Arts to see what is available near you.
Music lessons include brass (trombone, trumpet, tuba, cornet, French horn, flugelhorn), strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass), woodwind (recorder, clarinet, flute, saxophone, oboe), piano, keyboard, drums, guitar and more.
Our expert tutors help 15,000 young people in Surrey to learn to sing and play all sorts of different musical instruments by visiting schools to give one-to-one or small group instrumental lessons. Your child can too! We’re going to be developing the range of instruments on offer too, over time. Contact your school to find out what’s on offer, or contact us if you have any further queries or feedback.
Types of lessons for children
Surrey Arts offer support to schools to provide whole classs tuition for Key Stage 1 providing instruments and online learning. This is available through government funding.
Lessons are also available during and after school hours for individual and small group tuition but is dependant on tutor and classroom availability.
Early years and pre-school
Making music is great fun so get started early!
During the school year tutors from Surrey Arts visit many schools across the county to host workshops to encourage young people to learn a musical instrument. These workshops cover the variety of music families from strings, woodwind, percussion, guitar, brass, piano and keyboard.
Instrument courses and workshops
Throughout the year there are courses and workshops that invite some of the world's leading musicians to give master classes (such as Playing with the Stars) and perform giving students the opportunity to develop their playing techniques.
Currently there are two Saturday morning guitar workshops in Epsom and Woking which are a group collaboration for young musicians wanting to learn the guitar and create music. The workshops are an ideal starting point for any child wanting to learn the guitar prior to having lessons with little or no experience.
Lessons for adults
It's not too late to learn. Surrey Arts offers music classes at adult learning centres and caters for a wide range of abilities.
This course introduces you to specific operas, looking in detail at libretto and orchestration, character and plot as illustrated on DVD and CD. Detailed class discussions will encourage you to develop your critical awareness as you watch and compare different interpretations of the same opera. Alongside this you will also explore the musical and historical context in which each opera was written and performed. Everyone is welcome to this established group whether you are a seasoned opera lover or approaching this artform for the first time.
Acoustic Guitar – Beginners (Woking)
This informal course is aimed at absolute beginners. We will take you through the basics and support your learning with tips and techniques so that you can progress quickly to playing popular songs.
In particular, you will learn nine, easy first position chords, techniques to enable smooth changing between these chords (guide and pivot fingers), 3/4 easy strumming patterns using downstrums , how to hold the pick correctly, a few easy single line riffs and useful tips on good left and right hand technique.
By the end of the course you will be able to play 4/5 songs, changing chords confidentially and methodically, along with 4/5 easy, famous single line riffs.
The course is fun and relaxed and all we ask is that you bring enthusiasm and a willingness to practise at home. Ideally you’ll have your own acoustic guitar, but if not our Instrument Hire department may be able to help. (Tel: 01483 519298 for more information) . Once you have mastered the basics you are welcome to progress to ‘Guitar Improvers’.
Acoustic Guitar – Improvers (Woking)
This course will expand your guitar skills and general musical knowledge through a wider variety of more challenging popular songs and techniques.
You will explore slightly more advanced strumming patterns (using up and down strums and easy syncopated rhythms), additional chord types (minor 7, dominant 7, major 7), an introduction to fingerstyle playing, and the opportunity to improvise using the Minor Pentatonic and Minor Blues scale.
You will also learn 3/4 famous riffs along with a repertoire of well-known songs. These songs can be suggested by the students themselves in collaboration with the tutor.
On completion of the course you will be able to play 4/5 new songs with strong technique and confidence. You will also have expanded your chord vocabulary as well as having started to improvise. There is a lot of flexibility within the course for you to explore the musical style that appeals to you most be it rock, blues funk, jazz or reggae.
Acoustic Guitar – Beginners (Guildford)
This informal course is aimed at absolute and relative beginners. We will take you through the basics and support your learning with tips and techniques so that you can progress quickly to playing popular songs. The course is fun and relaxed and all we ask is that you bring enthusiasm and a willingness to practice at home. Ideally you’ll have your own acoustic guitar, but if not our Instrument Hire department may be able to help. (Tel: 01483 519298 for more information) .
Acoustic Guitar – Improvers (Guildford)
This course will expand your guitar skills and general musical knowledge through a wider variety of more challenging popular songs within a relaxed & open session. You will explore different guitar styles including strumming, use of plectrum, finger style, single string melodies etc. Again there is flexibility within the course for you to explore the musical style that appeals to you most.
Henrietta Chorale is a friendly choir which meets for 2 hours each week during term time. No previous experience is needed – just your enthusiasm and a love of singing. The repertoire includes a wide selection of songs to include show songs, old and new favourites and a few classics.
Can’t Sing, Want to Sing
Would you love to sing but don’t know where to begin? Do you feel nervous about singing in public? Then why not join in with this relaxed and friendly class where you’ll be taught vocal technique including pitching, projection and interpretation. You’ll be given vocal exercises to help you develop and improve your voice and you’ll gain confidence in singing a wide repertoire of songs in various musical styles.
I Wish I Could Sing - Beginners
This course is aimed at complete beginners. Come and join this friendly group where you will have fun singing a wide selection of songs including songs from the shows, old and new favourites and a few classical pieces. You will be given exercises and taught a vocal technique that will help you with breathing and pitching so that you can sing with confidence. All are welcome. Just bring your enthusiasm and a love of singing!
I Wish I Could Sing – Improvers
Following from the ‘I Wish I Could Sing – Beginners’ course you will continue to develop your vocal technique so that you can sing more challenging, complex material. As with the beginner’s course, this is a friendly group singing a wide selection of songs including songs from the shows, old and new favourites and a few classical pieces. Just bring your enthusiasm and a love of singing!
Register for any of these courses at Surrey Arts Music
Surrey Arts also offer adult instrumentalists the opportunity to join ensembles.