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  • ​Who Are We?
    The Music Works is a not-for-profit, community-focused company. Our mission is to help make music education as accessible as possible to children in the local area, regardless of background. We also offer as much of our time and resources as possible to local partner schools and the local community. This means you may see us at your child's next school disco managing the live sound, or judging the next '... Got Talent' competition! We spend our profits on developing music education in the area. This includes building music rooms in our local Partner schools and giving free lessons to families that need support.
  • What Instruments Do We Teach?
    Lots! What we offer will depend on whether you would prefer 1:1 lessons or group lessons and which location you are visiting. Select an instrument below and select you preferred location (subject to availability): Drums Bass Guitar Ukulele Singing Keyboard Piano Band Skills Yamaha Junior Music Course Voices Choir During the school holidays we also offer workshops! Don't see the instrument you are looking for? Please get in touch! We have access to a wide network of fantastic musicians and may be able to help. Are you a local school and interested in becoming a Partner school? Get in touch!
  • Will I Learn To Read Music?
    Yes! All Yamaha group lessons are full musicianship courses and include notation and music theory. All our teachers are highly qualified and trained by Yamaha to effectively teach children in groups. Private lessons are bespoke and tailored to the individual, so if you would like to learn how to read music your teacher will be happy to help guide you.
  • Can I Take Exams?
    Yes! All of our courses follow a fully accredited syllabus leading to RSL grade 1-8. However if you are not interested in grades, we can also simply teach for fun! Even better, our music centre in Milford is an RSL Awards Approved Exam Centre, meaning that any students studying Rockschool or Yamaha grades can take their exams in a familiar location.
  • Can I Learn For Fun?
    Of course! Our team of teachers have a fantastic repertoire knowledge and can help with any style or standard. Love Britpop? We can help bring out your inner Gallagher brother!
  • Do I Need To Own An Instrument?
    Although we highly recommend having access to an instrument for practice at home, you do not need an instrument during any lesson we deliver. All of our studios are equipped with the latest Yamaha instruments so you can just turn up and learn - no need to carry an instrument to your lesson. We also supply all instruments for lessons in local schools and on many occasions, have helped our Partner Schools skills to build and equip their music space.
  • How Much Do Music Lessons Cost? // How Much Do Music Lessons Usually Cost? // How Much Do Music Lessons Cost? // How Much Music Lessons Cost?
    Lessons vary in price, depending on which location you would like to join us at for weekly lessons. The best option is to join us for a free taster music lesson to see if we're the right fit for you! We're confident you'll love our teachers, as they are all lovely :)
  • Where Do We Teach?
    We teach in our fully equipped Milford & Haslemere Centres after school hours, and in local Partner schools in Surrey/Hampshire during the school day. Not in a partner school but want to be? Click here and let us know where you would like us to teach next!
  • When Do We Teach?
    We teach in our Milford Centre after school hours: Monday to Friday 3.30pm-8pm Saturday 9am-3pm We teach in our Haslemere Centre after school hours: Monday to Friday 3.30pm-8pm We teach in local schools (Surrey, UK) during the school day: Monday to Friday 9am-3.30pm Not in a partner school but want to be? Get in touch!
  • Do I Need A Book For Lessons?
    Yes. All group music lessons follow a set syllabus that will be accompanied by a book. These books are filled to the brim with content for your child to learn from, with backing tracks for every song! You do not need to bring the book to the lessons, as the teacher will explain everything, however the book is needed for practice at home. Private lessons are bespoke and lesson material is at the discretion of the student and teacher. As part of your learning pathway you and your teacher will decide what is best to use! If studying Ukulele you can also take a more modern approach and use our excellent virtual teacher VUZO to help with your weekly practise! This is a mixture of interactive TAB and video to help students practise between lessons, without a need for a book. Very modern indeed!
  • Why Do We Teach?
    We teach for a wide variety of reasons, but here are some of the key ones: Research consistently shows that children who participate in music-related activity enjoy a number of benefits, including improved academic performance, better health and enhanced levels of confidence. A comprehensive series of skill tests run on 5,154 year 5’s found that children who were learning to play an instrument received higher marks than their classmates who were not. On a ten-year study that tracked more than 25,000 students, music-making students got higher marks on standardised tests than those who have no music involvement. A study using six to fifteen year-old boys found that music training significantly increased verbal memory. And as expected, the longer the training, the better the verbal memory. A Columbia University study revealed that students in the arts are found to be more cooperative with teachers and peers, more self-confident and better able to express their ideas. Students who participate in school band or orchestra have the lowest levels of current and lifelong use of alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs among any group in our society. Three and four-year-old children were given simple piano lessons over a six-month period, they performed 34% better than other children in IQ tests, some of whom had had computer lessons instead.
  • When To Start Music Lessons? // What Age To Start Music Lessons?
    The best starting age will depend on which instrument you or your child is looking to learn, and whether it is group or private lessons. As every student is different, we leave the final decision on whether your child is ready up to our well-trained teachers. It's of course our aim to start students at as young an age that is realistic, so we will work with you to make sure their first experiences on their musical journey is a positive one! Two great starter courses are: Yamaha Junior Music Course - 4.5-6.5 years old Beginner Ukulele Course - 5+ years
  • Are Music Lessons Worth It? // Why Take Music Lessons? // Why Music Lessons Are Important? // How Long Should Music Lessons Be?
    Studies consistently show that there can be positive physical and mental benefits for any student studying music or an instrument. 30 minutes lessons each week with practice during the week can have a noticable effect!


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