Instrumental is Instrumental – Small Group and 1:1 Music Tuition

Sing Education bring our unique brand of high-energy, active making to instrumental lessons. Our high-calibre music specialists incorporate games, props and performance opportunities into the learning. Whether in group sessions or one-to-one, the focus is on fostering a deep understanding and love of music – valuing enjoyment, enthusiasm and progression over perfect notes or strict adherence to scores.

Icon used across website to show the content is designed for parents.


Ukulele or guitar?

Recorder or flute?

Keyboard, violin or voice?


When it comes to small group and 1:1 music tuition with Sing Education, there are so many choices. 

And all of them good!

Instrumental music – whether taught in a small group or 1:1 setting – is the perfect complement to classroom tuition for primary school pupils.

The Foundations of Good Musicianship

Extracurricular learning opportunities like these help shape well-rounded young musicians – creating natural leaders within the classroom setting, enabling deeper explorations of technique and musicality and giving confidence to progress through music examinations and into Key Stage 3 learning.

Speaking of senior school, did you know that long before pupils are ready to audition for the National Youth Orchestras or to apply in Year 13 to one of the UK’s leading music conservatoires, instrumental music has already paid valuable dividends?

“There’s little doubt that learning to play a musical instrument is great for developing brains.

Science has shown that when children learn to play music, their brains begin to hear and process sounds that they couldn’t otherwise hear. This helps them develop “neurophysiological distinction” between certain sounds that can aid in literacy, which can translate into improved academic results for kids.” TIM

Small group and 1:1 instrumental music lessons deliver the same benefits as curricular and whole class instrumental tuition – enhanced academic performance, improved wellbeing and mental health, higher aspirations to remain in education. 

“Some research has demonstrated how recognition for achievement in music, leading to high levels of self-efficacy, can enhance self-efficacy and self-esteem, which then transfers to motivation for other schoolwork. 

For instance, McPherson and O’Neill (2010) found that students who were engaged in learning music reported higher competence beliefs and values and lower task difficulty across all school subjects in comparison with those not engaged in making music. 

Overall, having experience of learning to play an instrument or sing enhanced motivation for other school subjects.” POW

A young student in a green school sweater plays the piano under the attentive guidance of her smiling teacher, who watches with pride and encouragement, fostering a nurturing environment for musical learning and creativity.

What to Expect? How Choose an Instrument?

Focusing on high-energy, active music making, Sing Education instrumental teachers draw heavily upon our general curricular teaching approach – lessons employ singing games, props and flash cards, folk-based material and are singing-led. 

A typical lesson is usually 30 minutes long. They feature either a small group session with up to six children or a one-to-one session with one child. Lessons are usually taught in a smaller music room within the school and lessons take place during the school day on the school sites. 

In terms of instruments, Sing Education offer a variety of percussive, string and wind tuition choices. These currently include ukelele, keyboard, violin, flute, recorder, guitar and singing. 

Each school has a tailored offering which allows them to provide a cohesive , well-rounded music programme, as well as to be able to structure appropriate learner progression within their instrumental offering.

Help your child choose wisely. 

Discuss their motivations and aspirations for taking up an instrument. Look at factors such as size, shape and weight of instruments – decide what fits best with their school and home routines. And lastly, encourage their sense of adventure and exploration – what music do they like to listen to? What musical artists do they admire?

“Music tuition can go wrong quickly when the wrong instrument is chosen. One study suggests if children select the right instrument (determined by simple aptitude tests and a preference for the sound of the instrument) they will keep on with lessons longer.

The choice of instrument can depend on the child’s preference, a parent’s suggestion or the availability of the instrument. Parents should take advice and, where possible, rent an instrument prior to making a financial commitment.“ CONV

Parents - Putting Your Child on the Path to Musical Success

Without a doubt, parents play a tremendously impactful role in guiding and supporting their child’s overall education. This fact is no more evident than when it comes to instrumental music tuition. 

Here are four important steps you can take to help your youngster successfully connect with their instrumental learning:

  • Find out the reason why they’d like to start (or stop) lessons
  • Choose the right instrument
  • Make time and space in home routines for practising
  • Help your child take control

“Researchers in a 2009 UK study suggested the dramatic drop in music tuition after age 11 was linked to children starting high school.

The study also revealed the main reasons for children ending music lessons were boring lessons, frustration at a lack of progress, disliking practice and competition from other activities. Some children regretted stopping music lessons.

Stopping as soon as a child experiences difficulty or expresses frustration denies that child the benefits of music and reinforces the message that, if something is hard, it’s not worth doing. But continuing lessons for someone who has come to resent them is futile.” CONV

A music teacher with a beard and glasses is holding a ukulele and gesturing with his hand, engaging with young students in a classroom setting. The students, wearing green school uniforms, are attentively listening to the teacher. A piano is visible in the background, suggesting a comprehensive musical learning environment. The atmosphere is one of focused instruction and interactive learning.
A smiling man with a confident, friendly demeanor stands in front of a blurred mosaic background. He's dressed smartly in a blue checkered shirt with a dark vest, exuding a professional yet approachable vibe.

Signing Up for Lessons Couldn’t Be Easier

Ready to take the next step? We’ve got plenty of video tutorials and FAQs online to walk you through the nuts and bolts of the enrollment process. 

But to jumpstart your process, here is an overview of the six easy steps to enrolling your child in instrumental lessons:

  • Enquiry
    • Visit our instrumental tuition sign-up page to see the options that are available at your child’s school. In addition to the instruments on offer (including voice), you’ll also be able to review tuition days, small group vs. 1:1 options and lesson timings. 
  • Registration
    • Complete the enquiry form to register your interest. You will receive an auto-email with the next steps and we’ll let you know when a space becomes available.
  • Deposit
    • A deposit is required to secure your place. You can add a card to your account and Auto Pay will select automatically. We will email you login details for our online portal.
  • Scheduling
    • Once we have received your deposit, we will schedule your lessons. Lessons are scheduled indefinitely until you choose to cancel them and email reminders are sent 48 hours in advance of each lesson.
  • Payment
    • Invoices are sent a month in advance for upcoming lessons to be taken the following month. It will also have any previous outstanding balance
  • Instruments
    • Practise at home is important and you should have your own instrument to bring to school. Instruments can be purchased through any reputable dealer and we are happy to provide advice on type/size of instrument to assist you in selecting the best options for your child.


“Going through new registration sign ups, it gives me great satisfaction when we are able to enrol a new child into the schedule, knowing the benefit they will receive from learning a musical instrument. It’s not just a slogan – I really believe music is transformational and that every child deserves music enrichment in their lives.” 

> Bert Routledge, Director of 1:1 and small group provision


To learn more about Sing Education, including how our music provision, online instrumental lessons and at home learning resources contribute to a well-rounded music curriculum, please visit

About Us

Founded in 2014 and serving more than 16,000 children each week, Sing Education is a first class provider of primary school music education. Focusing on high-quality, singing-led tuition, we deliver a complete solution for schools which includes teacher recruitment, training and management, bespoke curricular resources and educational consultancy services. 

Through music lessons, singing assemblies, choirs, after school clubs and instrumental tuition, Sing Education works with students from Nursery right through to Year 6. Our core philosophy is that “Every Child Has A Voice,” and, as educators active in the classroom, our directors and teachers know firsthand how much young learners benefit from exciting, rewarding music education. 

Sing Education currently partners with schools throughout Greater London and Kent, as well as Yorkshire and the Humber. 

Not yet on the list? Please enquire about our expansion plans for additional areas we will serve during the 2023-24 academic year.

#SingEducation #PrimarySchoolMusicEducation #EveryChildHasAVoice



  1. This Is How Music Can Change Your Brain Time TIM
  2. The Power of Music OpenBook POW

Before you let your child quit music lessons, try these 5 things The Conversation CONV

Three professionals are engaged in a lively discussion around a wooden table, with one woman and two men smiling and sharing ideas. The woman, in the center, holds a mug with the Sing Education logo, while a laptop is open in front of the man on the right, suggesting a collaborative work environment. The casual yet focused atmosphere indicates a productive meeting, with the white brick wall in the background providing a modern, relaxed setting.

about the author

Articles by this Author

Spotlight on Downe Manor. Music programming that combines pupil excellence, curricular creativity and a flair for the dramatic – as in regular concert performances! Learn how the headteacher and Sing Education collaborate on high-quality music provision.
A new day is dawning in music education. From September 2024, there will be 43 Hub Lead Organisations (HLOs) replacing the existing 116 local Music Hubs. The key to making the new structure work? Strong schools’ leadership, parental engagement, and organisational collaboration.
Nativity plays, instrumental concerts, singing assemblies and carolling – join Sing Education as we explore extracurricular music this December.

Thank you!

Thank you for signing up. Keep an eye on your inbox for our next newsletter. In the meantime, why don’t you visit our…

Skip to content