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Music Service

Last updated 12 February 2016
Waltham Forest Music Service - Office Opening Hours
Monday  12noon – 4.30pm
Tuesday  9.30am – 12.30pm
Wednesday  12noon – 6.30pm
Thursday  12noon – 4.30pm
Friday  9.30am – 12.30pm
Please note the changed hours.
We are closed during school holidays.

Waltham Forest Music Service (WFMS) provides music tuition in many of the borough’s schools. We provide tuition in singing and a wide variety of instruments, many of which are available to hire at an affordable price. The service also runs a thriving Music School after the school day and on Saturday mornings.

Free beginner groups during 2016

During 2016 we are using national funding to provide a number of beginner and foundation groups wich will be free to attend at various locations across the borough.

Please see below for further details.

Instrumental and vocal tuition

Learning a musical instrument helps pupils develop concentration, confidence, self-discipline, creativity, communication and team skills.

If you would like your child to begin lessons at school, please speak to the Head of Music or Music Co-ordinator and find out what instruments are available to learn.  If the instrument your child wishes to learn is not available at the school please ask the school to contact the Music Service.

Students have the opportunity to take ABRSM instrumental and vocal exams at the Music Service.

Music School

A wide range of group and ensemble lessons run Monday to Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. Ensembles are available for children of all standards and provide an excellent opportunity to play alongside others, develop performance skills and have fun. Every group performs in public once a term and many also have the opportunity to work with partner organisations such as the London Symphony Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra or the Barbican.

Individual instrumental tuition is also available at Music School if it cannot be arranged at school. In addition, theory classes are available to help develop your child’s understanding of music. To register your interest in tuition or theory, please complete and return this form electronically or on paper.

Instrument hire

Instruments are available to hire if your child is learning with a WFMS teacher, who will hand them a form to start the process. The fees for 2015/16 are £20 per term or £10 for those in receipt of Free School Meals. There are a number of 'endangered species' instruments we will loan free of charge, these include Cello, Oboe, Bassoon, French Horn, Tuba and Trombone.

Once you have completed and handed in the form, the instrument will be available within two weeks, and in many cases much sooner.

When you come to collect the instrument, please bring the hire agreement, proof of address (such as a driving licence or recent utility bill) and proof of Free School Meals if applicable.

You will need to ensure that the instrument is adequately insured, either through household or specialist insurance.

Music School groups / ensembles

Membership of Music School groups/ensembles is £28 per term or £14 if in receipt of Free School Meals. See below for the different groups or ensembles available.

During 2016 a number of groups available free of charge including: Beginner Winds, Brass Group, Woodland Strings, Junior Guitar Group, Junior Choir, Tuned Percussion Group, Percussion Group, Recorder Group and Composition Club.


Mini Musicians - babies and toddlers

We run a popular music making session for babies and toddlers at the Music Service.

Please complete the registration form or contact us to check availability

Music School rehearsal, tuition and concert dates

Spring 2016

Spring term: Wednesday 6th January to Tuesday 22nd March

Half term: Saturdary 20th February (Music School is Open on Saturday 13th February)

  • Beginners Concers, Music Servce, Church Hill, 5pm, 26th February
  • Solo Performance Platform Concert, Leyton Sixth Form College, Alfred Hitchcock Theatre 7pm, Tuesday, 23rd February
  • NELMEH Wind Festival, Wednesday 9th Marhc, Woodford County High School
  • Music School Concert, Leyton Sixth Form College, Alfred Hitchcock Theatre, 23rd March, Saviours Church, Walthamstow, Monday 7th December 

Music School groups and times

Advanced grade 4+

Group Grade Day Time
Dance Band Grade 4+ Wednesday 5.30 - 6.30pm
Youth Orchestra Grade 4+ Wednesday 6.30 - 8.00pm

Intermediate Grade 3+

Group Grade Day Time
Wind Band Grade 3+ Wednesday 5.30 - 6.30pm
Forest Strings Grade 3+ Thursday 5.30 - 6.30pm
Funk in the Forest Grade 3+ Monday 5.30 - 6.30pm

Junior Grade 1-2

Group Grade Day Time
Training Wind Band Grade 1-2 Wednesday 4.30 - 5.20pm
Saturday Strings Grade 1-2 Saturday 9.15 - 10.15am
Guitar Group Grade 1-2 Tuesday 5.30 - 6.30pm

Foundation - FREE for this term - Pre Grade 1

Group Grade Day Time

Junior Guitar Group​
(Mission Grove Primary)

​Pre Grade 1 ​Monday ​4.00pm - 5.00pm
Beginner Winds Pre Grade 1 Monday 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Brass Group
(The Winns Primary)
​Pre Grade 1 ​Tuesday ​4.00pm - 5.00pm
NELV - North East London Voices​ ​Pre Grade 1 ​Tuesday ​6.30pm - 7.30pm
Woodland strings Pre Grade 1 Thursday 4.15pm - 5.15pm
Composition Club​ ​Pre Grade 1 ​Thursday ​4.15pm - 5.15pm
Percussion Group​ ​Pre Grade 1 ​Thursday ​6.30pm - 7.30pm
Junior Choir​ ​Pre Grade 1 ​Saturday ​10.30am - 11.30am
Recorder Group​ ​Pre Grade 1 ​Saturday ​12.15pm - 1.00pm

Theory classes (half hour each)

Grade Tuesday Wednesday​ Saturday
1 4.30pm - 5.00pm 4.30pm​ - 5.00pm 8.30am - 9.00am
2 4.30pm - 5.00pm 4.30pm​ - 5.00pm 8.30am - 9.00am
3 5.00pm - 5.30pm 4.30pm​ - 5.00pm 9.00am - 9.30am
4 5.30pm - 6.00pm 5.30pm - 5.00pm​ 9.30am - 10.00am
5 6.00pm - 6.30pm 5.30pm​ - 6.00pm 10.00am - 10.30am


Secondary choir

North East London Voices welcomes singers of any ability as well as other types of vocalists; MCs, Beatboxers, Spoken Word artists, etc. to come and contribute to this unique combining of young talent from across the Borough. NELV also welcomes new and exciting songs to sing, so are eager to hear, explore and collaborate on any new music being written by you as well as working on existing music of any style.

The aim of NELV is to have fun, so come along on a Tuesday from 6.30 - 7.30pm at the Music Service and have a go. See the North East London Voices for more information.


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See also

  • What's on this term

    See key dates and events happening this term at the Music Service.

  • Pay online

    Choose 'Paying for other council services' and then 'Music Service'.

  • Register for tuition or theory

    Complete this form if you are interested in lessons at Music School. Please contact your child's school directly for lessons there.

  • Apply for a music teaching job

    Choose this link and then ‘Apply for a job at Waltham Forest Council’ to search for vacancies. Interviews are held termly and we do not accept CVs.

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