Individual tuition
Suzuki violin
Preliminary piano group
Children’s recorder group
Children’s orchestras
Children’s Choir & Opera Company
Children’s concerts
Harp groups
GCSE and A Level music tutoring

Individual tuition

Would your child like to learn to play a musical instrument? Whether it’s piano, violin, trombone or any other instrument, strings, wind, brass, percussion, guitar, harp or singing here at Hindhead we have specialist teachers who will inspire their pupils to enjoy a wonderful new hobby. This often leading to joining a group or an orchestra leading to greater enjoyment.

Learning an instrument teaches physical and mental dexterity, concentration and much more.

All tuition is one-to-one so every child learns at his own pace with inspired teachers who are experienced at encouraging their pupils to reach and very often surpass their potential.

HIndhead is an ideal place to learn with a special atmosphere of its own where music making is the norm and a joy to all.

If you do not know which instrument to choose we have Mini Music classes for children aged 4 – 7 in which they are introduced to a different instrument each week. If your child is over 7 we can arrange for a special session in which they have the opportunity to ‘try them all’ to help in decision making.

We have specialist Suzuki violin teachers for those who so wish with both weekly individual lessons and Saturday groups. Children may start Suzuki violin lessons at the age of about 4 years.

Fees: for all instruments £255 for a term of 10 private half hour lessons. Longer lessons may be arranged pro rata.

All teachers are DBS checked.

For more information and bookings please email us on or call 01428 604941

Click here for our guide on when to start learning, and how to choose and buy an instrument.


For children aged 4-7. This is a weekly class introducing music and the instruments of the orchestra to children.

Each week a different instrument is introduced when they see how it works, hear it played and have a ‘go’ themselves, thus giving a unique opportunity for them to decide which instrument they might like to learn to play. They also learn the beginnings of playing the recorder, reading and writing music ,learning about composers singing music by Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert and much much more. It is a perfect introduction to music all taught in a fun and exciting way!

Mini Music classes are on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 4pm
Cost: £80 per term (10 sessions x 30-35 minutes)
For more information and for bookings please call 01428 604941 or email us.

Suzuki Violin

At Hindhead, we have specialist Suzuki-trained violin teachers who offer tuition to the very young.

Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy was that children learn to speak their mother tongue by listening to their parents (Chinese children come to speak perfect Chinese, French children perfect French, and so on). Equally, children can learn to play the violin by listening, long before they are able to read music, just as we are able to pronounce language before we read it. Once they are able to make a beautiful sound and play in tune, then we can begin to teach the children sight-reading.

Regular group sessions are an important part of the system, when young violinists come together to play musical games and to hear each other perform the pieces they are learning.

When: Individual tuition by arrangement. The group sessions are on Saturday mornings, at 9:00am and 10:00am.
For more info or to book a teacher: please call 01428 604941 or email us.

Preliminary Piano Group

We run term-long group classes for very young beginner pianists (aged about 5-6). Through games and puzzles (and a five minute daily practice session), the classes introduce children to the piano in a fun way, with the aim being to encourage and inspire them to enjoy practising. The classes serve as a good introduction for going on to individual tuition on any instrument (not just the piano), and work well as a follow-up to Mini-Music.

Places are limited to four children per class, so it’s worth booking ahead if you are thinking about starting your child on piano or another instrument over the next year.

When: Tuesdays, 4:00 – 4:30pm
Cost: £120 for a term of ten sessions (includes work book)
For more info or to book a place: please call 01428 604941 or email us.

Children’s Recorder Group

Many children find this class a valuable follow-up to Mini-Music, especially if they are not quite ready to play an orchestral, wind or brass instrument.

For more info or to book a place: please call 01428 604941 or email us.

Children’s Orchestras

Thursday Beginners Starter Orchestra (violin, viola, cello, bass) is for children aged 7-9 from pre-grade 1 to grade 2 who can play and read all the notes in first position.
When: Thursdays between 4:40pm – 5:15pm.
Cost: £50 per term
For more info or to book: please call 01428 604941 or email us.

Surrey Young Strings are two groups of violin, viola, cello, and bass players.

Surrey Young Strings 1 meet every Saturday in term time between 3:30 – 4:30pm. The players are aged 11-15, grades 5-7.

Surrey Young Strings 2 meet every Saturday in term time between 4:30 – 5:30pm. The players are aged 9-12, grades 2-5.

Conductor Jo Hughes-Chamberlain has an infectious way of passing on her great enthusiasm and passion for music to her young players. As well as improving their sight-reading, the players also learn to listen to each other, follow a beat, and become part of a complete sound.

Cost: £50 per term
For more info or to book: please call 01428 604941 or email us.

Children’s Singing Group

Children aged about 6 to 12 make up this wonderful group who love to sing. It is led by Paula McGovern.

Come and sing with us in a fun but structured group, singing a varied repertoire which will introduce children to music from the classical eras, music from around the world, folk, musical theatre and popular songs. Singing has many benefits. It can boost confidence and social skills, promote wellbeing and enhance the aural skill needed for public examinations and auditions.

The Choir is one way we feel we can encourage a love of music in the young at minimal expense to parents – just £2.50 per session! We’re always looking for new members of the two choirs (junior and senior), and encourage musical children who can sing in tune and are happy to make the commitment to come along! There’s always a concert at the end of each term. The children make new friends from different schools, and the emphasis is on performance, good singing and fun!

When: The Junior Training Choir meets each Saturday between 12.30 – 13.00, with the Senior Choir following at 13.00 – 13:30pm.
Cost: £25 per term (10 weeks at £3 per session)
For more info or to book: please call 01428 604941 or email us.

Children’s Concerts

The Centre holds a number of concerts given by pupils, with the object of giving them the experience of performing to a friendly audience composed of their peers, parents, and friends. These opportunities help the children to learn how to polish and present their performance, to perform rather than just play, and to overcome any problems of nerves.

None of the concerts described below are intended as showcase events, and all the performers are volunteers.

End of term concerts

The end of every term is celebrated with a children’s concert at 7:00pm on the last Saturday of term. This is followed by a party to which all performers and their friends and families are free to come.

The concert is open to any pupil to play, and so provides a wonderful cross-section of performers from 3 to 4 year old violinists to adult postgraduates. Auditions are held a week or so ahead, and the requirement for prospective performers is the same for all our auditioned concerts – the performer must be able to play his or her piece accurately and musically, regardless of whether it is a pre-grade 1 minuet or a Chopin ballade.

Admission is free and is open to anyone to attend – and to enjoy the party afterwards!

Teachers’ concerts

Many of the teachers hold their own pupils’ concerts. We also put on regular Beginners’ Concerts, 9 Years & Under Concerts, and various other events which encourage children to share their music, and help them learn the art of performance.

Groups of children are often asked to give concerts at local venues such as care homes, which are a valuable experience for all concerned.

For more info: please call 01428 604941 or email us.

Harp Groups

There are three groups of young harpists who meet at regular intervals to play together. They play music arranged for massed harps, with the advanced group having performed at concerts and receptions all over the Home Counties. The group also visits care homes and hospitals at fairly regular intervals. Over the years, they have played to royalty and at the Proms in the Park.

The ages range from 6 to 15 years, some playing small folk harps and others large concert ones.

For more info: please call 01428 604941 or email us.

GCSE and A Level music tutoring

Does your child need extra help with his or her GCSE or A Level music course? Our one-to-one tutors can cover all of the following:

  • Music theory
  • Analysis of music and set pieces
  • Aural skills such as dictation
  • Interval or cadence recognition
  • Composition techniques
  • Essay writing
  • Technical study help

All exam boards are covered.
When: Saturdays or weekday evenings
Cost: £255 per term of five hours or ten half hours
For more info or to book: please call 01428 604941 or email us.