The woodwind family of instruments includes clarinet, flute, saxophone, piccolo, oboe, English horn and bassoon. These are great instruments to play as they are used in classical and jazz music. Bassoons and oboes are played more rarely but are extremely rewarding, especially as musicians who play these instruments will always be in demand!

When can you start to play?

Younger children are normally best advised to work at recorder and transfer to their choice of woodwind instrument when they are old enough (or continue on recorder!).

The starting age is usually Year 4 (aged 8 – 9 yrs old); Year 3 may be possible, but pupils may have problems with small hands. Also, children should have their front teeth.


Surrey Arts teach lessons all over the county including Camberley, Farnham, Oxted, Reigate, Banstead, Woking, Staines and Guildford.