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Waltham Forest Music Service is the lead partner in Waltham Forest Music Education Hub (WFMEH) which was established in 2018.

The Waltham Forest Music Service gives children of all ages and abilities the opportunity to:

  • learn to sing
  • learn to make music with others
  • fulfil their potential in music.

Our Locations

Our admin office, instrument hires and correspondence address is: The School Lodge, Woodbury Rd, E17 9SB (site is in the grounds of Walthamstow School for Girls)

Music School tuition and ensembles are held at: Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill, E17 9RZ

From September 2019 we will host a Satelite Music School on Thursdays after school at Willowbrook Primary School, Church Road, Leyton E10 9BH

Mini Musician classes for babies, toddlers and 4-6yr olds are held at: The Community Hub, Orford Rd, E17 9LN

Contact us

Telephone: 020 8496 1584

Email: music.service@walthamforest.gov.uk

Waltham Forest Music Service
The School Lodge
Woodbury Rd
E17 9SB
(site is in the grounds of Walthamstow School for Girls)

Office opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm during term time.

Please contact us by email (music.service@walthamforest.gov.uk) or phone (020 8496 1584) if you need to come to the office outside of the times above.

 

To keep up-to-date on our music related workshops, events, classes, news and inspiration you can like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, Instagram.

We provide lessons to schools across Waltham Forest. The instruments vary from school to school and can include:

  • Brass: cornet, trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba
  • Woodwind: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, recorder
  • Strings: violin, viola, cello, double bass
  • Percussion and drum kit
  • Guitar (acoustic, electric and bass)
  • Piano and keyboard
  • Singing

How to book

For lessons at your child's school, contact your school's Head of Music or Music Co-ordinator to see what instruments are available.

If the instrument your child wishes to learn isn’t available at the school, ask the school to contact the Music Service to see if lessons can be provided in school.

Individual instrumental tuition is also available after school and on Saturdays at our Music School (although there can be a waiting list).

To register your interest, complete and return the form below:

Download music/theory lessons request form (Xlsx)

The Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme (AIPS) supports young musicians by making instrument buying more realistic and affordable. If your child is learning with WFMS you may be eligible to buy an instrument through us and save the VAT. To take advantage of this, speak to your child's instrumental teacher about what make and model to consider. Then, contact the WFMS office to discuss eligibility and the next steps.

You can hire an instrument for £22 per term (£11 for families on a low income).

How to hire

  1. Your child’s teacher will fill in a hire form and give it to your child (including the best size of instrument)
  2. Your child brings the form home for you to complete your details
  3. Call us on 020 8496 1584 to arrange collection of your instrument from the Music Service Office, The School Lodge, Woodbury Rd, E17 9SB OR from one of the libraries in Waltham Forest.

Please note libraries do not hold instrument stock this must be confirmed with the Music Service Office so delivery can be arranged.

 

Groups and ensembles Click to get info

 

Individual Instrumental and Vocal Lessons at Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill E17 9RZ

Various instruments including: piano, guitar, violin, viola, cello, flute, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, drum kit.
Contact us for availability.
20 or 30 minute lessons
Monday-Thursday from 4pm
Saturday from 9am

Rock Out - Monday at Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill E17 9RZ

All our contemporary ensembles and classes are for students who want to develop their skills playing a wide range of rock, pop, jazz and funk music. Students can attend a fully led, scheduled ensemble, and are then also supported to form their own groups, exploring and making their own music in the supervised practice sessions. To further support their development, we have theory sessions where they can learn more about why and how music is put together. In addition, they can further explore their skills as a song writer or music producer through our sessions run in partnership with Charanga VIP.
Activity Age or standard Day and Time
Junior Guitar Group Beginner to Grade 2 Monday 4.30-5.30pm
Guitar Group Grade 2 + Monday 5.40-6.40pm
Junior Funksters Beginner to Grade 4 Monday 4.30-5.30pm
Funk in the Forest Grade 4 + Monday 5.40-6.40pm
Songwriter’s Circle Age 11+ Monday 4.30-5.30pm
Beats and Bass Music Production Age 11+ Monday 5.40-6.40pm
Theory (30 minute groups) Grades 1-5 Monday 6.50-7.50pm
Band/supervised practice Any level Monday 6.50-7.50pm

Senior Music School - Wednesday at Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill E17 9RZ

Wednesday night activities are aimed at students playing orchestral instruments, who are at Secondary school, and also those of any age who are at a more intermediate or advanced level. There are a variety of ensembles to join, ranging from small chamber groups to our flagship Youth Orchestra. There are also tiered theory lessons to help support practical progression.
Wind Band Grade 3+ Wednesday 4.30-5.20pm
Wind Quartet Grade 1-4 Wednesday 5.30-6.20pm
String Quartet Grade 5+ Wednesday 4.30-5.20pm
Dance Band Grade 5+ Wednesday 5.30-6.20pm
Youth Orchestra Grade 4+ Wednesday 6.30-8.30pm
Theory - 30 minute groups Grades 1-5 Wednesday 4.30-8.00pm

Satellite Music School - Thursday at Willowbrook Primary, Church Road E10 9BH

This new satellite centre is for young people at schools in the south of the Borough to join a group where they can experience the fun of making music with others as soon as they start learning an instrument. As well as music groups to play in, there will be choir rehearsals and a fun ‘Music club’ they can join to develop a broader range of musical skills to support their progress.
Registration and snacks Age 8-11 Thurs 4-4.15pm
Beginner Mixed Ensemble Age 8-11 Thurs 4.15-5pm
Strings Group Age 8-11 Thurs 5.10-6pm
Wind/Brass Group Age 8-11 Thurs 5.10-6pm
Choir—20 minute groups Age 8-11 Thurs from 4.15pm
Music Club—20 minute musicianship groups Age 8-11 Thurs from 4.15pm

Junior Music School - Saturday at Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill E17 9RZ

Aimed at those students at the start of their musical journey, Saturday Music School is an opportunity for children of Primary age to meet children from other schools, who share a similar hobby and can come together and enjoy a fun musical experience. They can come and spend the whole morning with WFMS, to play in a group, sing in a choir, enhance general music and performance skills and also understand more about how music is constructed through theory and creative lessons.
Music Club -  20 minute musicianship groups Any level Saturday 9am - 12.50pm
Beginner Multi Instrumental Ensemble Pre Grade 1 Saturday 9-9.50am
Strings group Grade 1-3 Saturday 10-10.50am
Wind/Brass Group Grade 1-3 Saturday 11-11.50am
Primary Little Choir of Joy Age 5-8 Saturday 10-10.50am
Junior Little Choir of Joy Age 8-12 Saturday 9-9.50am
Recorder Group Age 8-12 Saturday 11.50-12.40pm
Theory - 30 minute groups Grade 1-2 Saturday 9am - 11.30am

 

 

Beginner - pre Grade 1

Junior Guitar Group (Mission Grove Primary School E17 7EJ) 

Monday 4 to 5pm

Beginner Winds

Monday 4.30 to 5.30pm
Beginner Trombones (limited places) Tuesday 5.30 to 6pm

Woodland Strings

Thursday 4.15 to 5.15pm

Drumming Group

Thursday 6.30 to 7.30pm

Junior Choir​

Saturday 10.30 to 11.30am

Recorder Group​

Saturday 12.15 to 1pm

Junior - Grade 1-2

Guitar Group

Tuesday 5.30 to 6.30pm

Wind Band G1 3+

Wednesday 4.30 to 5.30pm

Saturday Strings

Saturday 9.15 to 10.15am

Intermediate - Age 11+

Composition Club Thursday 4.15 to 5.15pm

Intermediate - Grade 3+

Funk in the Forest

Monday 5.30 to 6.30pm

Wind Band G1 3+

Wednesday 4.30 to 5.30pm

Forest Strings

Thursday 5.30 to 6.30pm

Advanced - Grade 4+

Dance Band

Wednesday 5.30 to 6.30pm

Youth Orchestra

Wednesday 6.30 to 8.30pm

Music School tuition and ensembles take place at: Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill, E17 9RZ
* Held at Mission Grove Primary School, Buxton Road E17 7EJ.

Fees

Music School membership is £30 per 10 week term (£15 for families on a low income). 

Pay your fees online

How to book

To join a Music School group just arrive 15 minutes before the start of the class to register. You’ll need to complete a Health and Safety form before your child starts their class - our staff can give you this or you can download it here.

Download Health and Safety form (PDF)

Activity Price per 10 week term

Please pay online at www.walthamforest.gov.uk/music-service

Individual lessons 20 mins £145  / £100.50 low income*
Individual lessons 30 mins £206 / £145 low income*
Instrument hire £22 / £11 low income*
Music School Membership
This entities your child to join one or more group
£31 / £15.50 low income*
Theory lessons (30 minute group lesson)
Price for students already at Music School
£40.50 / £28.50 low income*
Theory lessons (30 minute group lesson)
Price for students not at Music School
£51 / £43.50 low income*
Beginner trombone/viola group inc. instrument hire £30
Baby Mini Musicians (18 months to 4 years) £64.50 (first child)
Toddler Mini Musicians (up to 18 months) £69.50 (first child) / £56 (second child)
Mini Musicians Next Steps (age 4 to 6) £64.50 / £32.25 low income*
* Proof of low income is required to qualify for subsidised fees. Please show original copies of housing benefit or reduced Council Tax letter to the Music Service office.

Information and booking

Email: music.service@walthamforest.gov.uk 
Phohne: 020 8496 1584
Office: The School Lodge, Woodbury Road E17 9SM (on the site of Walthamstow School for Girls)
Open Monday to Friday 10am-3pm during term time.
Website: www.walthamforest.gov.uk/music-service

Before attending a Music School Group or class you will need to complete a registration form - our staff can give you this or you can download it here.

 

Music school dates Click to get info

Each teaching term lasts 10 weeks - fees are calculated as a share of the total price for those starting during the term. We need a half term’s notice to cancel lessons.

One membership covers any number of Music School groups.

A free taster session is available on request.

Pay online

Prices shown are per term.

Music School Tuition  Length (mins) Full Price Low income*
Individual lessons 20 £140.50 £97.50
Individual lessons 30 £200 £140.50
Adult Lessons 60 £45 NA

Theory

  Group Full Price Low income*
Learning at WFMS 30 £39 £27.50
Not learning at WFMS 30 £49.50 £42

 

Beginner trombone group (30 mins) inc. instrument hire  £30 

Other charges

  Full Price Low income*
Music School Ensemble Membership £30 £15
Instrument Hire £21 £10.50

* Proof of low income is required to qualify for reduced fees. Please show original copies of housing benefit or reduced Council Tax letter to the Music Service office.

Toddler and baby groups

  Full Price
Toddler Mini Musicians: first child £67.50
Toddler Mini Musicians: second child £54
Baby Mini Musicians: first child £59.50
Baby Mini Musicians: second child £46.50
Mini Musicians Next Steps: first child £59.50
£30.50 Low income

Music School dates 2018-19

 

First half term

Second half term

Autumn 18

Thursday 20 September to Saturday 20 October
No MS Thu 18 October

Monday 29 October to Thursday 6 December

Spring 19

Monday 7 January to Saturday 16 February
No MS 11-14  February

Monday 25  February to Thursday 28 March

Summer 19

Wednesday 24 April to Thursday 23 May

Monday 3 June to Monday 15 July
No MS 10-11 July

Mini Musicians at the Community Hub, Orford Road E17 9LN

Our music classes for babies and toddlers are a fun way for parents and children to connect and explore music together.  Taught by professional musicians and Early Years Music Specialists our progressive curriculum uses a variety of musical activities to lay a foundation for future musicality, as well as helping children feeling more secure and confident when coping with new experiences. Singing and movement are always at the heart of every session. 

Our Next Steps course for children aged 4-6 years continues to develop musical skills while helping children to become more independent in their learning. It also prepares them to carry on studying a musical instrument if they wish to do so.

Baby Mini Musicians Birth - 18 months Tuesday 11.15 - 12 midday
Toddler Mini Musicians Age 18 months - 4 years Tuesday 10.15 - 11am
Toddler Mini Musicians Age 18 months - 4 years Age 18 months - 4 years
Mini Musician Next Steps Age 4 - 6 Monday 4.30-5.15pm

Prices

Baby Mini Musicians (18 months to 4 years) £64.50 (first child)
Toddler Mini Musicians (up to 18 months) £69.50 (first child) / £56 (second child)
Mini Musicians Next Steps (age 4 to 6) £64.50 / £32.25 low income*

How to book

Please contact the Music Service to book these classes - spaces are limited:
music.service@walthamforest.gov.uk / 020 8496 1584

 

We hold exams each term with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and Rockschool Ltd at our music school. The exams lay good foundations for music making while encouraging students to reach their full potential.

We support pupils all the way through their exam preparation by:

  • providing an accompanist and extra rehearsal sessions
  • offering theory and aural classes to boost exam success
  • holding a Certificate Presentation Concert to celebrate high achievers