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 groups during the Autumn Term
During Autumn there are going to be a number of beginners and foundation groups offered for free by the Music Service.
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.
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 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.
During the Autumn term there are going to be 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
Autumn term: Tuesday 1st September to Friday 18th December
Half term: Saturday 24th October to Sunday 31st October
- Beginners’ Concert, Music Service Church Hill, 5pm, Friday 6th November
- Solo Performance Platform Concert, Leyton Sixth Form College, Alfred Hitchcock Theatre 7pm, Tuesday, 9th November
- LSO Partnership concert, LSO St. Luke’s, City of London, 27th November, Time TBC
- NELMEH Brass Festival, NELMEH Brass Festival, Walthamstow Friday 2nd December
- Music School Concert, St. Saviours Church, Walthamstow, Monday 7th December
- Civic Carol Concert, Walthamstow Assembly Hall, 7pm, Wednesday 9th December
- Youth Orchestra Concert, St. John’s Church, Leytonstone, Saturday 12th December
- Carolling at the Mall, Walthamstow Mall, Monday 14th December
Music School groups and times
Advanced grade 4+
|Dance Band||Grade 4+||Wednesday||5.30 - 6.30pm|
|Youth Orchestra||Grade 4+||Wednesday||6.30 - 8.00pm|
Intermediate Grade 3+
|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
|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
|Junior Guitar Group||Pre Grade 1||Monday||4.00pm - 5.00pm|
|Beginner Winds||Pre Grade 1||Monday||4.30pm - 5.30pm|
|Brass Group||Pre Grade 1||Tuesday||4.00pm - 5.00pm|
|NELV - North East London Voices||Pre Grade 1||Tuesday||6.30pm - 7.30pm|
|Tuned Percussion Group||Pre Grade 1||Wedsday||6.30pm - 8.00pm|
|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)
|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|
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.