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Surrey Arts lessons moved online during lockdown

A new year and another lockdown! Before the end of last term, the Surrey Arts team had been working really hard programming in lessons but the latest lockdown has meant many lessons due to take place in schools will now be changed. Fortunately the online learning platform Surrey Arts introduced in April last year is available and there are many advantages to continuing to learn in this way.

Here are some of the reasons why the Surrey Arts online teaching can be really beneficial:

  • Musical activity and learning is a big boost for well-being, especially during the winter months
  • By moving online, your child’s musical learning won’t be interrupted, so they will continue to progress
  • Our teachers now have a lot of experience teaching online and can help children and parents/ carers with any concerns and we also offer a technical support phone line for parents/carers experiencing technical difficulties
  • Many students and parents/ carers have told us that the online lessons have helped them to become better players and more secure in their own learning
  • Music lessons are a great brain break for children during a day of school work
  • Parents/ carers have told us that they enjoy being able to hear what their children are doing in their music lessons
  • Children enjoy seeing their teacher online. In paired lessons they also get a chance to see their friends.

Surrey Arts have received many positive comments from parents who have seen the benefits of having online lessons during the lockdowns:

‘The online lessons have helped give structure to our weeks and have meant that the children have continued to make progress with their music. Having a weekly lesson has meant that they have continued to practise – it would be too easy for them to just drift away from practising if there had been no lessons.’

‘It has been brilliant to continue lessons during the “lockdown”, and my child has progressed as a result. Practicing without the incentive of lessons was hard so it was great to do zoom lessons.’

There are also many links to Surrey Arts online teaching and introduction to instruments on the Surrey Music Hub website Online Learning – Surrey Music Hub

Surrey Arts launch Online Instrumental Lessons!

Surrey Arts is excited to launch a new Online Learning Programme offering high quality instrumental lessons from the comfort of your home! Over the past few weeks we have been busy trialling online teaching, and establishing safeguarding protocols and technical guidance to ensure we are able to offer the same high quality learning experience that our students receive through face-to-face lessons. 

We are pleased that we are also able to support our more vulnerable young people through our inclusion programme, offering free lessons to groups such as looked after children, young carers and unaccompanied refugees.

Sarah Lee, Head of Service, said ‘This has been an amazing effort by the Surrey Arts team. To be able to put together a programme at such an uncertain time and develop a programme that ensures high quality and a safe learning environment for students is fantastic. We all know the power that music can have on our lives, and engaging in creativity during this time can really help with health and well-being. We hope that our online learning programme will be a valuable service for the Surrey community encouraging people to continue making music and engaging in arts activities.’

At present the Surrey Arts Online Learning (SAOL) programme is only available for existing Surrey Artsstudents: however, we hope to grow this further in the coming weeks, providing more ways in which to support musical learning.

Together with our Online Learning Programme we have also created an extensive online resource page with lots of videos, activities, online music performances and much more!

Finally, the visual arts team have worked with Surrey Artists Open Studios and Surrey Hills Arts to provide a range of online art workshops for artists of all abilities and ages. SAOS artists have also provided online tours of their studios and have been part of the Sketchbook Challenge where they have shared their sketchbook works.

These are unique times and it is great to see so many talented people working together to ensure learning and creativity continues in Surrey!

Online Lessons

Surrey Arts Online Learning

Surrey Arts has introduced an online learning programme – Surrey Arts Online Learning. This exciting programme brings music lessons straight to your home.

Surrey Arts Interactive with Charanga

Surrey Arts Interactive/Charanga is a website which offers online resources for children learning an instrument.  We currently have resources available for beginner to grade 1 on most of the instruments we teach, and up to grade 5 for flute, alto sax, clarinet, trumpet and violin.  You will need a log in for your child to access these.  If you would like to do so, please complete the form below and a log in will be emailed to you.

General Videos

BBC Masterclasses and Live Lessons

ABRSM  The ABRSM is the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music, delivering over 650,000 music exams and assessments every year in 93 countries. Their website and YouTube channel contain exam support, syllabuses, and free online learning resources in their “Play On” programme.

ABRSM YouTube Channel  Exam prep, learning videos and syllabus videos for woodwind, strings, brass, percussion, piano, guitar and voice.

Trinity College Music Exams Every year Trinity College London supports the music education of thousands of students with assessments across classical, jazz and rock & pop music. Their website and YouTube channel contain exam support and learning resources for students.

Trinity College YouTube Channel  Exam prep and learning videos for woodwind, strings, brass, percussion, piano, guitar and voice.

Trinity Rock and Pop YouTube Channel Exam prep and learning videos for contemporary music instruments and music tech.

RockSchool – RSL Awards Exams, method books, YouTube tutorials

RockSchool YouTube Channel  Exam prep and learning videos for contemporary music instruments and music tech.

Academy of Contemporary Music  ACM is a specialist provider of creative industries education. Students including performers, producers, songwriters, technicians, and games developers are taught by established creative industry professionals.

ACM YouTube Channel  Videos and masterclasses for contemporary music instruments and music tech.

Easter Holiday Activities

Welcome to Surrey Arts Easter Holiday Activities online programme.

Despite the national restrictions we are delighted to be able to offer an online learning experience with live workshops and pre-recorded tutorials.

Like the Summer Activities from last year all of our live sessions and activities will require all attendees to register whether the session is free or paid for. This enables the programme to operate safely and in a controlled environment. The sessions will be delivered via Zoom and a link will be sent to each student via their parent or carer after they have been registered. For more information on our zoom safeguarding policy please look at the Guidelines on how to set up online music lessons before signing up to any session.

The 2021 Programme

There will be one week of both popular live music and arts activities available to register for as well as some pre-recorded activities that will be delivered via the Surrey Arts social media channels. Workshop descriptions of all the activities are below including how much they cost and appropriate age ranges and abilities.

Limited places available for each activity. The programme may be subject to change and sessions with low numbers may be cancelled.

Easter Activites Programme: 12 – 16 April

Jigsaw Music Composition postponed stay posted for future workshops

History of Western Classical Music postponed stay posted for future workshops

Celtic folk string workshop postponed stay posted for future workshops


We are offering free places (subject to availability) to families who are in receipt of :

  • Family Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (but not if they are entitled to Working Tax Credit or if their annual income, as assessed by the Inland Revenue, exceeds £16,190 in the current tax year)
  • Universal Credit

And for young people from the following groups:

  • Looked After Children in community homes or in foster care
  • Care leavers up to the age of 25
  • Children who attend Short Breaks funded special schools (music lessons could be either at the school or in the child’s home)
  • Young people who attend alternative education settings (online lessons to take place within education settings such as Pupil Referral Units, mental health settings etc)
  • Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children
  • Young refugees
  • Young carers
  • UP! Orchestra members

Please email before registering as we will ask you to send proof of your entitlement to any of these benefits and check availability.

School’s Brochure 2021-22

If you want music to make a difference in your school, take a look at how Surrey Music Hub can help or contact Surrey Arts to discuss anything that isn’t covered by those services.

“We are passionate about the impact that the arts have on young people’s lives and believe that creative engagement has a place in every school. We hope that we can work together with you to give your young people the highest quality music and arts education. All of our services are flexible and can be tailored to fit best within your setting. They are also Covid safe, and delivered online with Surrey County Council safety requirements. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or other requirements as we are always happy to meet with school leaders to discuss how best to meet your individual needs.”

Sarah Lee
Head of Surrey Arts

Surrey Arts can help your class start on the exciting journey of learning to play a musical instrument.

Whole Class Ensemble Teaching (WCET) is a scheme detailed in the National Plan for Music Education with the key objective of providing all children with the opportunity to learn an instrument at no additional cost to them.

We offers two different WCET schemes to Key Stage 1 and 2 students, to suit the differing needs of schools in our county. Both options encourage young people to continue to learn in individual or group lessons and nationally have high continuation rates. 

All of our services are flexible and can be tailored to fit best within your setting.  We follow all of the County Council’s health and safety requirements, and our services can be delivered online if necessary.

First Access

School led WCET

First Access is a WCET scheme in which Surrey Arts will support you in leading your own music classes using Surrey Arts Interactive’s Charanga resources. 

Choice of instruments: Recorder, Classroom percussion and Ukulele

Surrey Arts provides: Reduced Charanga licence fees, Access to reduced-cost instrument purchase and CPD for teachers

Tuning Up

Surrey Arts led WCET

Tuning Up is a one year programme led by experienced Surrey Arts music teachers who can visit your school in person or online if required, and teach your students over the course of the year.

This can be structured as either:
One class – three terms of learning (2 or 3 different instruments across the year)
Three classes – one term each (Same instrument)

FREE instrument hire included:

Key Stage 1: Recorder, Ukulele, Singing, African percussion, Classroom percussion

Key Stage 2 – All of the above, plus: Clarinet, Brass, Guitar, Violin, PBrass (plastic instruments)

Charanga Musical School

The Charanga licence gives access to ten week-by-week lessons to teach a KS1 class to play recorder, percussion or ukulele, supporting you to deliver WCET in your school.

It also offers a complete scheme of work for the primary music curriculum, as well as additional resources for assessment, teaching, SEND and topic work.

Singing in schools dramatically improves self-esteem, helps children to be more calm and focused and increases enjoyment and engagement in class. Join Surrey Arts in celebrating a return to group singing with our range of singing opportunities for children of all ages!

Primary Festivals

The Primary Music Festivals have been running in Surrey for over 25 years and offers KS2 classes the opportunity to join forces and sing to packed auditoriums in some of the county’s largest venues with a professional backing band.

Children get the opportunity to sing a variety of music from classic to popular songs. Children learn the music in school and then come together on the concert day for an exciting group rehearsal in the concert venue. 

We also offer CPD and visits from our experienced vocal team to support the learning of the songs. 

Performances &  Projects 

Surrey Arts has opportunities for secondary school choirs and young singing leaders to take part in events such as Primary Festivals and Singing Picnics as special guest choirs and young leaders. We also have special projects with partners like the Royal Opera House (Create and Sing), the Surrey County Choirs and specialist workshops which we invite school choirs and soloists to join. Performance opportunities to inspire and showcase your singers!

School Singing Support

We are adding even more to our online singing support package with the introduction of Ex Cathedra’s award winning Singing Playgrounds Online available at a discounted rate, along with “how-to” videos created by our singing teachers. We also provide packages of support visits and CPD to help schools to start and develop their choirs. We work with your school music leader to develop their song leading skills with the help of our County Choir conductors.

Singing Picnics

An opportunity for primary school children and teachers to come together with other schools to play singing games and enjoy a picnic lunch at parks and inspirational spaces across Surrey.These are a low-cost, low-pressure way for schools to take part in group music making with an emphasis on enjoyment, well being and community without the need to prepare for a formal performance. 

CPD (face-to-face and online) is available for teachers to make it easy to take the songs learned back for use in the classroom, the choir or the playground. 

Nothing beats real musical experiences to inspire music making in your school.

From hands on come & try sessions to individual demonstrations and ensemble performances, Surrey Arts can provide unique in-school opportunities to inspire young people to learn music.

Extra-curricular Groups

Surrey Arts teachers can come to your school to lead weekly group music making.

We can provide teachers for: Choir, Orchestra, African Drumming and Samba

Or perhaps try something new like Drumline:
An exciting drum ensemble that originated in America. It is a military style marching band, incorporating various percussion instruments. Weekly classes can be delivered in small groups and students will learn to read music, play all the instruments and learn how to be part of an ensemble.

Instrumental Tuition

Surrey Arts has been providing music lessons in schools and the wider community for over 50 years, enriching the lives of hundreds of thousands of children and young people.

We provide individual or group lessons on the full range of orchestral and band instruments including: Strings, Brass, Piano, Woodwind, Voice, Percussion, Keyboard and Guitar.

Lessons can be arranged directly by the parents or you as a school may wish to purchase teacher time to allow you to choose which students participate, particularly if you are wanting to support students from low-income backgrounds, or with specific additional needs. We have the flexibility to offer online lessons into your school should it be required.

Instrument Hire

Instrument hire or our assisted instrument purchase scheme are available to all students having music lessons through Surrey Arts. Please see for more details.

Remittance Policy

There are generous discounts/concessions for those who qualify (e.g. Pupil Premium, FSM, Families receiving Universal Credit) both for instrumental lessons and instrument hire. More details available at


Our experienced teachers can deliver percussion workshops in a range of different genres such as samba, African djembes, Drumline and orchestral percussion, as appropriate to age. Students will gain an understanding of where the style of music comes from and get to play the instruments in a fun way. They will build on their rhythmic and ensemble skills.

A range of bespoke vocal workshops is on offer including music theatre, “Make A Mash Up”, part singing, performance skills, changing voices, vocal confidence, vocal health, playground songs, and choir tune-ups. These could be delivered directly to your students, or to teachers or both together.

Live Experiences

Surrey Arts can provide various options for live music experiences in your school.

From individual musicians performing in assemblies, to larger groups (brass, strings, jazz or mixed groups) who can share the joy of live music as well as educating your students on the range of experiences learning an instrument can provide.

Music Production

Music production classes are growing in popularity and give students who may have avoided music in the past the opportunity to create their own sound.

Surrey Arts can provide experienced tutors to deliver a range of bespoke music technology, music production or DJ workshops in which students learn DJ skills such as beat matching, blending, cutting and scratching to create a mix.
They can also complete their own creative compositions on professional technology and are free to study and compose in a range of styles from grime to dubstep or rock to hip-hop.

We can work with your school to offer: In-school class tuition, DJ class workshops, After school clubs, Online music production and Grades in music technology using the Rock School syllabus.

Surrey Arts offers a wide range of support for the training and development of school based staff.


We offer regular twilight training sessions in person and online as well as more in-depth CPD days and conferences to help you find ways to better educate your students.

We also facilitate networking sessions for teachers in primary, secondary and SEND settings which can offer in depth curriculum advice and support either through our own experienced practitioners or by signposting you to other organisations.

For our secondary education colleagues we offer a secondary music network which hosts annual exam moderation support.

Model Lessons & Workshops

Are you holding a themed day, or performing arts week?

Why not combine two needs in one go, and use a Surrey Arts teacher to work with your children on the theme of your choice, whilst the teachers watch and get new ideas for their music teaching?

From water, to the Romans, to St Lucia, music workshops can make a theme day come alive!

Bespoke Training for your School

Members of our primary team can run INSET sessions, model class music lessons – or anything else that could help support your teachers to deliver a broad, rich and deep curriculum.

We can meet with your Head Teacher or music leader to discuss how music can be developed at your school and what Surrey Arts has to offer, as well as provide practical help training the staff team with twilight sessions such as “Music for the terrified”!

Secondary support is available either from the Surrey Arts team, or by signposting you to local expertise to ensure you receive the most focused help to support you in your curriculum development.
For all keys stages, we can offer advice on preparing for an Ofsted Deep Dive and share the wisdom of those who have already gone through the process.

Online Resources

Enhance your school’s music curriculum with digital resources for classroom settings.

In order to give schools an informed choice about online tools to support the music curriculum, we have been able to pilot and support some leading digital resources.
Please contact us if you would like more information on any of these services.

Singing Playgrounds (KS2 – KS3)
The award-winning whole-school singing programme, made available online to Surrey schools in 2021.

Surrey Arts Interactive (KS1 – KS2)
Including Charanga Recorder World, Percussion World and other primary music curriculum resources.

Musical Futures: Just Play (KS2 – KS3)
Designed to provide a vibrant curriculum approach that engages students in whole class music making. A step-by-step resource supporting the development of musical knowledge and rhythmic awareness alongside instrumental skill development

MusicFirst (KS3 – KS5)
A comprehensive learning management system dedicated to music education. This combines learning management software with engaging curriculum content and powerful integrated software to help teachers monitor student progress, make lesson plans and create assignments.

Charanga VIP Studio (KS2 – KS3)
Supporting the teaching of contemporary music genres, a tool to encourage more young people to get into music.
The online recording studio also turns every ordinary PC/Mac into a music computer and can be used anywhere your students can get online.

Surrey Arts Online Learning (SAOL)
In 2020 Surrey Arts developed an online resources platform with School Activities, Learn-to-play Videos, Apps and Software and more. For more information please visit:
Visit Surrey Arts YouTube channel for a variety of music tutorials, introductions and performances.

What is Surrey Music Hub?

Music Hubs have been created across the UK as part of the government’s National Plan for Music Education.
Surrey Music Hub is a network of organisations and schools working together to bring more musical opportunities to young people across the county, in line with our core and extension aims.

Who makes up the Hub?

Led by Surrey Arts, Surrey Music Hub is a partnership between schools, Arts Partnership Surrey, the Academy of Contemporary Music, University of the Creative Arts and the Yehudi Menuhin School.

What are our aims?

Core Aims:
Provide whole class ensemble teaching
Provide opportunities to perform in ensembles
Ensure clear progression routes are accessible
Develop a singing strategy to ensure that pupils sing regularly and that choirs are available

Extension Aims:
Offer CPD to school staff
Provide instruments for loan
Provide access to inspirational, high quality musical experiences, working with professional musicians and venues

Music Hub in action

The Horley Project
Primary schools in Horley recognised the need to build instrumental tuition in their area and wanted to create an inclusive offer for all students that could also lead to ensemble opportunities.
Working with the local schools partnership, Surrey Arts and a local charity, we provided large group instrumental tuition on a range of instruments for the pupils who wanted to be involved.
As part of the project the pupils have formed a new Horley Orchestra hosted by their local secondary schools to give them further opportunities to learn and play in a larger ensemble.

Redhill Orchestra Day
Local schools recognised a desire to give their young musicians the opportunity to be part of a large scale event, playing in an ensemble that would be much bigger than they could achieve in their own schools.
At their local SMH network meeting they put together a plan, and, working with Surrey Arts, the Redhill Orchestra Day was born.
Now in its fifth year, groups of up to 120 children come together to perform as part of a giant ensemble, supported by school music leaders and Surrey Arts teachers. Repertoire has included choices from BBC 10 pieces as well as bespoke arrangements put together by the teachers.

What is Culture Box Surrey?

Culture Box Surrey is the Cultural Education Partnership (CEP) for the county of Surrey.

CEPs are a national initiative led by Arts Council England to promote cultural education for children and young people in local areas.

Culture Box Surrey offers support to schools that are passionate about equipping pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.

Support includes:
Case studies about inspiring projects that have been delivered in schools across Surrey and beyond
Collaborative school clusters working on joint programmes that create funding opportunities
Resources website, with links to arts organisations which have experience of working in Surrey schools
Help with Artsmark and Arts Award

Who makes up Culture Box?

Culture Box Surrey is facilitated by Surrey Arts and led by a steering group comprising Head Teachers, leaders of cultural provider organisations and Artswork.
We are working in partnership with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Delight, Stopgap Dance Company, Watts Gallery, Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) and others.

Artsmark gives your school access to training that will enable you to develop a long term strategic plan for the development of cultural learning.

Arts Award
Arts Award offers a flexible framework designed to support children and young people to develop their skills and interests in the arts, building their knowledge as they gain a unique set of qualifications.

How can we help your school?

Culture Box Surrey wants to ensure that the voice of young people is heard. Contact us about opportunities to get involved in planning the future creative landscape of Surrey.

Surrey Arts has been supporting vulnerable groups such as Looked After Children, people who have been displaced, children and adults with disabilities and those with mental health problems for many years.

Working closely with education providers, youth services, foster carers, NHS, police and local charities, we are proud to be able to promote arts opportunities for these groups.

How can we help?

For individual students such as looked after children, care leavers, or those who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) or youth offending, we can provide access to: Music lessons, Music mentoring, Work placements, Shared apprenticeships and Training/CPD.

For group settings, such as Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) and special schools we can provide: Music programmes and workshops and Training/CPD

For students with additional social or educational needs we believe that music can:

  • increase self confidence and the ability to process emotions
  • encourage integration and social cohesion
  • provide a safe and creative environment to have fun and meet new friends
  • reduce isolation and anxiety, improving mental health and emotional well being
  • improve numeracy and literacy learning skills

Where do we work?

Anywhere! We go where the students are, including online.

We currently work in a variety of settings outside mainstream schools. Workshops and training sessions have been taking place in Special Schools, PRUs (including medical PRUs), youth centres and mental health secure units.


Soundbeam is a technology that uses ultrasonic sensors to detect movement and translates them into sounds.
We have just taken delivery of our own Soundbeam, and are looking to use this to support music making in appropriate settings.

If you would like to find out more about this please contact us; we’d love to be able to support you.

Surrey Arts Wardrobe offers a unique collection of costumes, vintage clothing and accessories for your school to hire for theatrical productions, events and performance exams. Have a look on our website for hints, tips and tutorials.

Workshops and educational support

Surrey Arts Wardrobe has designed a series of educational workshops that can be tailored to the needs of your curriculum. This includes options for sessions both in your own school, or for small groups, within our wardrobe space at Surrey Arts.

Drama Costume Workshops

Whole class drama workshops at your school for Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 students.

We can:
Explain the role of costume within the film, television and theatre industries.
Look at different interpretations of the same play throughout different time periods, how costumes can ‘make’ a show. Bring in examples and displays to provide an engaging hands-on learning experience.

GCSE/A-Level/BTEC support

A week long intensive work experience program for small groups, achieving a Bronze Arts Award.

Taking students through how to costume a production from planning stages and mood boards, to creating believable characters including how accessories can be the key to successful costuming. Along with teaching useful skills such as basic repairs, laundry methods and budgeting.

Membership Scheme

We recognise the stresses that costuming large groups of students can present.
With this in mind we have constructed a membership scheme to ease these pressures and make life a little easier.

Our members gain the following benefits:

  • Discounted hire charges
  • No deposit fees
  • No minimum spend
  • Invoice payment option
  • A free ‘borrow week’ per show for fittings or rehearsals
  • Discounted rates for workshops and events

We also have sets of Trestle and Strangeface masks that can be used for physical theatre and characterisation workshops. These can be hired for half a term at a time. Please contact us for more details.

As well our extensive range of music services, Surrey Arts also proudly supports a number of visual arts projects around the county.

We can also help to connect you with local art practitioners who can visit your school and lead bespoke workshops or classes for your students in a variety of different artistic disciplines. Please contact us for more details. 


Surrey Artists Open Studios kicked off 2021 with the launch of a newly designed website and online store. Each year hundreds of artists from across the county open their studios to the public for two weeks in June. As well as an opportunity to meet artists and to discuss their work, many also offer workshops.  School groups are welcome to visit their local artists, subject to appointment.  

For more information about what to see and do in your area please visit: 

Surrey Hills Arts

Surrey Hills Arts, a programme of related projects that explore the richness of our landscape and heritage through the arts, is supported by Surrey Arts in partnership with Surrey Hills AONB.  

Projects include a series of permanent contemporary public art commissions called Inspiring Views.  Each project offers a variety of trails, walks, talks, workshops and other opportunities for young people, schools and families to take part.  

To find out more and how your school can benefit please visit:

As well as the wide variety of educational resources available to schools that you have seen outlined in this brochure, the work that Surrey Arts undertakes reaches far out into our community.

From ensembles and opportunities to join inclusive orchestras or choirs, to holiday workshops and creative events, we have a range of activities you can signpost your students to.


Joining a group or ensemble is a great way to develop your learning and perform with other musicians in front of audiences. There are over 50 Surrey Arts ensembles for beginners and experienced musicians, both young people and adults. These include area and county ensembles as well as accessible orchestras and choirs such as the award winning UP! Orchestra and Just So Singers.


We offer out of school workshops and creative experiences that your students can get involved in.
Workshops include: singing, guitar LIVE!, DJ and music production and arts and craft workshops.

Holiday Activities

During the school holidays we provide a range of music and art activities. Our annual Easter music courses have both residential and non-residential options in a range of orchestral, vocal and digital experiences. 2020 saw our biggest online summer programme ever with over 200 young people taking part.


For children

Most of our lessons take place in Surrey schools, and can take place during or after school hours, for individuals or small groups depending on tutor and classroom availability.

Contact Surrey Arts to see what is available near you.

Music lessons include brass (trombone, trumpet, tuba, cornet, French horn, flugelhorn), strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass), woodwind (recorder, clarinet, flute, saxophone, oboe), piano, keyboard, percussion, drums, guitar and more.

Apply online

Our expert tutors help 15,000 young people in Surrey to learn to sing and play all sorts of different musical instruments by visiting schools to give one-to-one or small group instrumental lessons. Your child can too! We’re going to be developing the range of instruments on offer too, over time.

Contact your school to find out what’s on offer, or contact us if you have any further queries or feedback.

Types of lessons

School curriculum

Surrey Arts offer support to schools to provide whole classs tuition for Key Stage 1 providing instruments and online learning. This is available through government funding.

Extra curricular

Lessons are also available during and after school hours for individual and small group tuition but is dependant on tutor and classroom availability.

Early years and pre-school

Making music is great fun so get started early!


Surrey Arts and Stringbabies Ltd. have come together to offer Surrey’s schools and young children a fun way to learn stringed instruments. Currently, in a number of schools in the county, the programme is available county-wide for children between 3 and 7 years.


There are many opportunities for children and young people in Surrey to get involved in playing music (UP! Orchestra) and singing (Just So Singers).


School workshops

During the school year tutors from Surrey Arts visit many schools across the county to host workshops to encourage young people to learn a musical instrument. These workshops cover the variety of music families from strings, woodwind, percussion, guitar, brass, piano and keyboard.

Instrument courses and workshops

Throughout the year there are courses and workshops that invite some of the world’s leading musicians to give master classes (such as Playing with the Stars) and perform giving students the opportunity to develop their playing techniques.

Guitar workshops

Currently there are two Saturday morning guitar workshops in Leatherhead and Woking which are a group collaboration for young musicians wanting to learn the guitar and create music. The workshops are an ideal starting point for any child wanting to learn the guitar prior to having lessons with little or no experience.

Find out more

For adults

It’s not too late to learn. Surrey Arts offers music classes at adult learning centres and caters for a wide range of abilities.


Many adults wished they had learnt to play a musical instrument at school. Surrey Arts offers opportunties for adults to learn in groups (piano, guitar, singing, opera appreciation) or individual lessons in orchestral instruments, piano and guitar.


Full list of adult music courses
(including times, venues and prices)

Register at Surrey Arts Music

Surrey Arts also offer adult instrumentalists the opportunity to join ensembles.

UPDATED DATES Join the Royal Opera House for Create and Sing, Surrey Music Hub 2021

Due to the current lockdown some of the online training dates for Create and Sing have been changed.

Join the Royal Opera House for a two-part virtual CPD training course exploring our Create and Sing creative learning programme (KS1-KS3). Our specialist ROH drama and music practitioners introduce the programme, pedagogy and resources and guide teachers through effective approaches to supporting students’ creative learning by exploring opera.

Create and Sing is an innovative drama and singing programme supporting young people’s creative learning and giving voice to their creativity. Our nationally and freely available teacher training and resources engage schools in a creative process leading towards creating opera in the classroom. Teachers are not required to have specialist music training as our free certified training and unique online resources help guide them through the programme every step of the way.

Watch our video here to hear what teachers say about the programme.

Create and Sing’s Covid-19 adaptations

Due to the current lockdown, the Royal Opera House have had to revise the CPD schedule, moving dates to the end of this term and the start of next. Please note if you had previously booked onto a CPD the dates may have changed (more details below). Only one Surrey date has changed, but the online Surrey sessions will also be opened up to other schools nationally.

Create and Sing has adapted this year, with training taking place through virtual twilight sessions and schools projects starting in the summer or beyond. Create and Sing virtual training brings teachers together to explore, learn, share and have some fun during this difficult time of separation.

With many schools facing curriculum time pressures but also looking for a special, engaging and rewarding project for the summer, the training focuses on our Explorer (5-week lesson plan) schemes of work. These lead teachers and students through creative learning programmes with a range of curriculum links. Teachers do not need to commit to running a school project this summer to attend the training; all are welcome.

To Register…

Create and Sing works with partner organisations to bring teachers in local areas together for training. Where possible we ask teachers book on to their area training dates, but if you are unable to make these, there are also nationally open dates below. Places are free, booked via Eventbrite and allocated on a first come first served basis:

Surrey Music Hub dates

Create and Sing Carmen part 1

18/03/2021 16:30 – 18:30

Create and Sing Carmen part 2

21/04/2021 16:30 – 18:30

National training dates

Create and Sing Hansel & Gretel part 1

17/03/2021 16:00-18:00

Create and Sing Hansel & Gretel part 2

29/03/2021 16:00-18:00

Create and Sing Carmen part 1

18/03/2021 16:30-18:30

Create and Sing Carmen part 2

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