Instrument Guide

There are lots of factors to consider when deciding with your child what instrument they would like to learn, such as which instruments are taught at their school and which are available to hire out from us. More importantly they should think about what type of instrument most appeals to them! Instruments come in different ‘families’. Click on the instrumental family of interest below to find out more…


Buying a whistle, recorder, ukulele, guitar or keyboard.  These instruments are often taught in class music lessons in school, like our SoundStart programme.  If a child has one at home they can also enjoy our online learning too.  Click here to find out about buying one of these instruments.


All the other instruments taught in our Star Classes can be hired from CMA: violin, cello, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone and those in our Endangered Species centre, oboe, bassoon, French horn and double bass.


When you wish to buy an instrument you can use our Instrument Assisted Purchase Scheme where you can buy the instrument free of VAT.  Many local specialist retailers operate the scheme.  You may also wish to investigate some national retailers, for example Normans has good advice about recommended student instruments across all instrument families.