Music Service

Last updated 23 July 2015

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.

Summer Programme

Please see our leaflet for our Summer Daze sessions in schools.

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.

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.

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.

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

Summer 2015

  • Summer term: Saturday 25 April-Monday 13 July
  • Half term: Saturday 23 May-Sunday 31 May
  • High Scorer's Concert, Leyton Sixth Form: Tuesday 16 June
  • Beginner's Concert, Music Service, Walthamstow: Friday 26 June
  • Solo Performance Platform, Leyton Sixth Form: Monday 29 June
  • Waltham Forest Music Festival, Walthamstow Assembly Hall: 13-15 July
  • Music School Concert, Walthamstow Assembly Hall: Wednesday 15 July

Music School groups and times

Advanced groups

Group Grade Day Time
Dance band Grade 5+ Wed 5.30-6.30pm
Youth orchestra Grade 4+ Wednesday 6.30-8pm

Intermediate groups

Group Grade Day Time
Wind Band Grade 2-5 Wednesday 5.30-6.30pm
Forest Strings Grade 3+ Thursday 5.30-6.30pm
Funk in the Forest Grade 4+ Monday 5.30-6.30pm

Junior groups

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+ Tue 5.30-6.30pm

Foundation groups

Group Grade Day Time
Beginner winds Pre Grade 1 Monday 4.30-5.30pm
Woodland strings Pre Grade 1 Thursday 4.15-5.15pm

Theory classes (half hour each)

Grade Tuesday Saturday
1 4pm 8.30am
2 4.30pm 9am
3 5pm 9.30am
4 5.30pm 10am
5 6pm 10.30am

Wednesday aural classes

  • Grade 1-3 Wednesday 4.30-5pm
  • Grade 4-5 Wednesday 5-5.30pm

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.

You don't need to read music, you don't need to sing by yourself. The aim of NELV is to join forces with each other and have fun with our voices without being bogged down by the pre-conceived ideas of singing in a choir being boring or uncool!

Tuesday 6.30-7.30pm. 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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