Instrumental and vocal lessons generally take place in schools. The majority of lessons take place during the school day, with a few secondary schools opting for lessons at the end of the school day. Instrumental and vocal teaching also takes place after school at the Music Hub Centre.

In School Lessons

The group size and the duration of the lessons is determined by the school in partnership with the Music Service. Schools opt for teaching through the Traded Services Offer.  

Lessons in schools are guaranteed for thirty three weeks of the academic year.

Some schools opt to charge parents on a termly basis. Whilst term lengths vary, some schools charge for eleven sessions per term to spread costs out across the year. This arrangement is at the school’s discretion.

Teaching available through Portsmouth Music Service:

  • Cello, Violin, Viola

  • Recorder, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone

  • Trumpet, Trombone, Horn, Cornet, Euphonium, Tuba

  • Piano, Keyboard

  • Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Bass Guitar

  • Percussion including Drum Kit, Djembe and Samba

  • Voice

For more information call 023 9237 5655

After School Lessons

The Music Service offers instrumental and vocal teaching during the term time after school at the Music Hub Centre.

Our team of instrumental tutors deliver weekly 30 minute individual lessons. Individual lessons are £15.00 per lesson and are invoiced per term. A child will receive 30 lessons across the academic year (approximately 10 lessons per term).

Teaching currently available through Portsmouth Music Service:

  • Violin,

  • Recorder, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe

  • Trumpet, Trombone, Horn, Cornet, Euphonium, Tuba

  • Piano, Keyboard

  • Voice

To find out more information or to discuss potential lesson times please call 023 9237 5655 or contact us at

Instrument Hire

Instruments are available to hire from the Music Service for any children living or studying in Portsmouth.

Our hire rates are:

£45 per academic year for any child receiving lessons from Portsmouth Music Service or who attend a Portsmouth Music Hub Ensemble.

£60 per academic year for any child who lives and studies in Portsmouth.

Please click here to apply for an instrument.

Financial Support

We never want cost to be the barrier to a child who wants to learn music. We can arrange payment plans, and we also provide subsidies for those on income support.

Instrument Hire

Where those with parental responsibility hire instruments directly from the Music Service there is a 100% remission for those children who are looked after by PCC or who are in foster care on receipt of evidence from the Local Authority. 50% remissions are available to pupils on free school meals.


Payment plans and reduced rates are available to those eligible. Please contact us to discuss your eligibility.

Please contact us on 023 9237 5655 or at to discuss payment options.