Alongside the general music curriculum, we offer pupils the opportunity to receive professional tuition to learn a specific instrument during school hours. 

Not only does this provide them with a skill for life, it also teaches them to persevere offers opportunities to perform in front of an audience and to attend events such as William Howard’s annual ‘Music Week’ in upper Key Stage 2 … and there is even some research evidence that suggests it can help with general brain development and improve mathematics as the same areas of the brain that deal with pattern recognition and counting are utilised when reading and performing music.

 Lessons are typically offered to pupils in years 3 and up, but our tutors can also advise if Year 2 pupils might be ready to start learning on request.

 We have two music tutors who visit school each week:

 Woodwind and Brass – Mr Hemingway – Tuesday mornings

Mr Hemingway was previously Director of Music at William Howard, and has many years’ experience teaching woodwind and brass. Pupils typically start with clarinet, trumpet, flute or trombone but can potentially move onto the oboe, bassoon, saxophone and more.

 Weekly lessons with Mr Hemingway will be £6.50* from September and are billed by the school. An instrument can be purchased outright or hired from the Cumbria Music Service.

 Keyboard and Guitar – Mr Draper – Friday afternoons

Mr Ben Draper works with a number of schools and individuals in the local area and has his own website: . Recently he has taught a number of very talented pianists at Fir Ends, many of whom have successfully gone on to graded exams.

 Weekly sessions with Mr Draper cost £7* and are paid direct to him. We have a number of keyboards in school, although one at home is useful for practice! Reasonably cheap guitars can be recommended for purchase, or hired through the Cumbria Music Service.

 Instrument purchase or hire

The school can purchase an instrument VAT free on your behalf for lessons or you can hire one from the Cumbria Music Service. The initial rental is £30* for a 3-month trial. Full information on their hire rates can be found at:

Forms to advise us that you would like your child to receive music tuition can be downloaded below. 


*Prices correct at date of last page update. Please contact the office/music service to check if these have changed

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Last update: 2019-07-15