If you would like your child to start instrumental lessons in their school, they will need to be added to a waiting list. Applications for instrumental lessons in school are processed in the order they are received. Once a space becomes available, or there is enough demand to start a new lesson, you will receive an invoice.
The invoice will show the name of the teacher and any reductions which you may be able to apply for. Your child’s name will be entered on the register when you have replied with appropriate payment, and/or proof of eligibility for reductions. We monitor the waiting list and keep it as short as possible.
Many of our lessons don’t begin until children are in Year 2. You are still welcome to apply if your children are younger, but they may remain on the waiting list until they reach a suitable age.
We currently offer lessons on the following instruments:
|Acoustic guitar||Bass guitar||Bassoon||Cello|
|Clarinet||Double bass||Drum-kit||Electric guitar|
30-minute shared lessons
£84.50 per term
20-minute individual lessons
£112.50 per term
30-minute individual lessons
£168.50 per term
Students living or attending school in Haringey may be able to get financial help for instrumental or vocal lessons with our Service.
We are pleased to announce that we have increased the funding available for lessons starting in September 2023. This means we are able to help more children access music lessons in Haringey.
Our fees are based on 10 lessons per term. If you apply for a shared lesson and there is nobody to share with, a 15-minute individual lesson will be given.
A reduction in fees of £84.50 per term, 50% reduction in instrument hire, free ensemble membership and fully subsidised music exams may be available if the child or their parents or carers receive any of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit - provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 (as assessed by earnings from up to 3 of your most recent assessment periods)
If your child is eligible for free school meals, they will remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary, secondary, SEND or alternative provision) they are in on 31 March 2025. Any income threshold relates to total household income.
Even if you receive free school meals from Haringey Council or through the new London universal entitlement for key stage 1 children, you still need to apply separately to be considered for help with music fees. Please use the Free School Meal Eligibility Checker (external link) to see if you are entitled to any help and attach proof to your invoice.
Each sibling must have their own application for help with music fees. Please ensure a separate application form is filled in for each sibling.
Financial support cannot be backdated, so please do not apply to start lessons before financial support is confirmed by our office team. You can still join any waiting lists.
See the Haringey Music Service terms and conditions (PDF, 280KB).
Please send any questions about help with music fees to HMS@Haringey.gov.uk.
You can use our online form to apply for music lessons.
Alternatively, you can download a Music Lesson Application Form - postal (PDF, 220KB) and post it to:
Haringey Music Service
Tel: 020 8489 8960
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