Music lessons

Trafford Young Musicians Programme

Trafford Young Musicians Programme – What is it?

TYM is a special fast track programme for pupils who wish to take up a second instrument with Trafford Music Service.  The programme will take place every Saturday morning during Trafford Music Service term times, at the Claremont Centre in Sale. Children must commit to attending every week between 9am and 11am.

Which instruments are available on the programme?

We are offering places on this programme for Bassoon, Oboe, French horn, Clarinet, Orchestral Percussion and Double Bass.  Instruments will be provided and there is no additional instrument hire fee in the first year of the programme.

What age students may apply?

Students will need to be in Year 4 and above to apply to learn the oboe and bassoon, but may apply for the double bass, clarinet, French horn and orchestral percussion from Year 3 (minimum age on 1st September 2022.

What will the morning look like?

Pupils will be in groups of 6 or less for their instrumental lesson and for the first term only they will have 2 lessons on their instrument each Saturday plus 2 additional sessions including Aural, Theory of Music and Rhythmic Awareness. From the Spring Term onwards they will receive one instrumental lesson and will play as part of an orchestra in place of the second lesson.

How much does it cost?

The cost for the programme is £30 per week (term time only) invoiced termly in advance and the expectation is that pupils will commit to a full year. For the first year the instrument hire will be included in the cost of being on the programme.

There may be additional costs – these include the cost of reeds, music, instrument maintenance such as valve oil for French horns.

Who will be teaching the sessions?

Trafford Music Service have appointed specialist teachers for this programme.

How is Chetham’s School of Music involved?

Chetham’s will be providing workshops and masterclasses each term for the pupils on the programme.  Our TYM programme students will be visiting Chetham’s School on scheduled Saturdays to take part in events in the school including rehearsing with Chetham’s Junior Orchestra and taking part in other workshops.

Why must students attend the full 2 hours?

This is a complete programme, structured to fast-track pupils who have already demonstrated (through learning another instrument) musical commitment and aptitude.  The Rhythmic Awareness sessions will give students additional practise and tutoring on effective reading of notated rhythms.  The Aural and Theory classes will be differentiated according to the students’ current levels and will be an opportunity to learn aspects of Aural and Theory away from their instrument.

Why is this course only open to students who have already learned an instrument?

This course is subsidised and there are limited places for each instrument.  We will be accepting a maximum of 36 pupils (6 places on each instrument) onto the 22- 23 cohort.  We want pupils to benefit from this exciting course and so we are opening it to pupils who already learn an instrument in the first instance. This course is only available at the Claremont Centre. If your child is already a Trafford Music Service pupil their usual lessons will not be affected by enrolment on this course and will continue in their usual location.

What is the application process?

You can register your interest for this course through the registration page

  • Select Register for lessons or log in
  • Under Music Centre Activities select The Claremont Centre
  • Scroll down to Trafford Young Musician Programme

Once you have chosen your first-choice instrument for the Trafford Young Musician Programme you should put into the comments box on the same page:

  • The instrument your child already plays and their current level
  • Their second-choice instrument for the Trafford Young Musician Programme (Bassoon, Oboe, French horn, Clarinet, Orchestral Percussion and Double Bass).

Once we have received your application you will be contacted to arrange an audition for your child for this programme.  All auditions will take place in the Summer term.  We will ask your child to play or sing a short piece or song.  We will also then spend some time with your child and they will have a trial lesson on their first and second choice instruments for the TYM programme.

As there are limited places on this programme, we will invoice for the Autumn term upon acceptance to the programme and there will be a requirement to pay a non-refundable £60 to secure the place for September.

If you have any further questions please contact us at music.service@trafford.gov.uk