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.
From 5 January 2015, the music service will have new opening times:
Monday - 12.00pm - 4.30pm
Tuesday - 12.00pm - 4.30pm
Wednesday - 12.00pm - 6.30pm
Thursday - 12.00pn - 4.30pm
Friday - 9.30am - 4.00pm
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.
Students have the opportunity to take instrumental and vocal exams at the Music Service.
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.
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 2014/15 are £19 per term or £9.50 for those in receipt of Free School Meals.
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 £26 per term or £13 if in receipt of Free School Meals. See below for the different Groups/Ensembles available.
Paying fees online
To pay for instrument hire, music school tuition or music school ensembles, please read these instructions (PDF) and then use the 'Pay online' link at the top of this page.
Mini Musicians - babies and toddlers
We run a popular music making session for babies and toddlers at the Music Service.
- Friday 11am - Mini Musicians 18 months - 4 years
- Friday 12.45pm - Mini Baby Musicians 3 months - 18 months
Please complete the registration form or contact us to check availability
Music School rehearsal, tuition and concert dates
Spring Term: Saturday 10 January - Saturday 28 March
Half Term: Saturday 14 February - Sunday 22 February
Beginners Concert, Waltham Forest Music Service: Friday 27 February
Solo Performance Platform, Leyton Sixth Form: Monday 16 March
Music School Spring Concert, Leyton Sixth Form: Monday 30 March
Music School groups and times
|Advanced groups |
|Dance Band||Grade 5 +||Wed||5.30-6.30pm|
|Youth Orchestra||Grade 4 +||Wed||6.30-8pm|
|Intermediate groups |
|Wind Band||Grade 2-5||Wed||5.30-6.30pm|
|Forest Strings||Grade 3 +||Thu||5.30-6.30pm|
|Training Wind Band||Grade 1-2||Wed||4.30-5.20pm|
|Funk in the Forest||Grade 1-4||Mon||5.30-6.30pm|
|Saturday Strings||Grade 1-2||Sat||9.15-10.15am|
|Guitar Group||Grade 1 +||Tue||5.30-6.30pm|
|Beginner Winds||Pre Grade 1||Mon||4.30-5.30pm|
|Woodland Strings||Pre Grade 1||Thu||4.15-5.15pm|
|Theory classes (half hour each)|
Wednesday aural classes
- Grade 1-3 Wednesday 4.30 - 5pm
- Grade 4-5 Wednesday 5.00 - 5.30pm
Tuesday 6.30pm - 7.30pm. See the North East London Voices for more information.