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Why Learn to Play an Instrument or to Sing?

Music has the power to fulfil and transform young lives. There are many good reasons why children should learn to play an instrument or learn to sing; the most important of which is that it is fun! Learning to play or sing music gives children a great sense of personal achievement, boosting their confidence and teaching them a life-long skill.

Coming together to play or sing in choirs, orchestras and ensembles helps our youngsters to develop their team-working and communication skills. Also, many lessons take place in groups and the friendships that children build with like-minded young musicians will be valuable to them as individuals, and can often last throughout their childhood and beyond. For information about our ensembles please click on Bands and Choirs above and click on your local music centre to see what ensembles are available in your area.

Learning to play an instrument has substantial educational benefits for children. “Because it requires the coordination of physical, intellectual and emotional activity, it can bring improvements to children’s schoolwork overall. Other recent research has discovered that learning an instrument actively increases the size of the brain, and fuels brain activity. In fact, education in music has a positive effect on virtually all areas of learning. … Music also develops children’s ability to simply connect one thing to the next. This making of connections is central to all learning, to self-knowledge and this, ultimately, to an enhanced quality of life.” *

*(Raising an Amazing Musician: You, Your Child and Music - ABRSM, 2009)
Berkshire Maestros employs quality teachers who are:

  • highly qualified
  • DBS cleared and Safeguarding trained
  • effectively line managed by specialists in their instrument
  • regularly observed and appraised
  • continuously improving their own skills via regular CPD activities

In addition Berkshire Maestros offers:

  • access to a wide range of ensembles and singing/playing opportunities
  • access to performing at prestigious venues (in 2019 we will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall!)
  • access to a wide range of workshops, masterclasses and other opportunities to work with external professionals
  • opportunities to join the Maestros Exceptional Ability Scheme and Academy if they show exceptional potential, ability or achievement to take partake in enrichment activities and special events to nurture their skills

Which Instrument?

Berkshire Maestros teaches a wide range of instruments as well as voice and choral. Please have a look at the instrument names below and click on any of them to find out a bit more about it to decide if it is suitable for your child.

String: Brass: Woodwind:

Violin Cornet Recorder
Viola Trumpet Flute
Cello Trombone Oboe
Double Bass French Horn Clarinet
  Tenor Horn Saxophone
  Baritone Bassoon
Got a String enquiry? Got a Brass enquiry? Got a Woodwind enquiry?
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Guitars: Percussion: Others:

Guitar - Classical Drum Kit Keyboard
Guitar - Electric Orchestral Percussion Piano
Guitar - Bass   Got a Keyboard enquiry?
Ukulele   E-mail Us
Got a Guitar enquiry? Got a Percussion Voice
E-mail Us enquiry? Mini Maestros (Early Years)
  E-mail Us Got a Voice or Mini
    Maestros enquiry?
  E-mail Us

If you are concerned about the cost of buying an instrument when your child is just starting you can choose to hire an instrument from us from as little as £20 per term. To find out more about instrument hire please click here.

If you are ready to apply for lessons for a particular instrument or voice then you can register your interest here, or if you have any further enquiries please click on the link to the enquiries e-mail address listed next to the instrument you are interested in.

Where You Can Have Lessons

Here at Berkshire Maestros we can often offer tuition within your school or at one of our music centres:  Bracknell, Caversham, HungerfordNewbury, ReadingWindsor or Wokingham (Emmbrook or Bulmershe).

If you are interested in lessons at your school or at a music centre then you can register your interest here.

In2Music Lessons in Schools

In2Music aims to offer every child a chance to play an instrument and experience music. This is delivered free to pupils in Key Stage 2 by Maestros and Berkshire Music Hub partners with the help of funding from the Arts Council. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to get started on an instrument which can lead to a lifetime of music.

These free lessons are delivered in school and usually last between 12 and 15 weeks (varies in some schools). Once the free lessons have ended Maestros offers many opportunities to continue singing and/or playing an instrument through its music centres across Berkshire which can offer group or individual tuition as well as access to choirs and ensembles.

















About Music Exams

Opportunities are available for exams to be taken, but it is not required that any learner take exams if they don’t want to. Berkshire Maestros works with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), Trinity (including Trinity Rock and Pop) and Rockschool.

Students can progress through from grades 1-8; those who have not yet reached grade 1 may undertake an introductory test (called Prep Test for ABRSM and Initial for Trinity) which is intended to be a stress-free early experience for younger children. Beyond grade 8 there are also opportunities to take more advanced diplomas.

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Tuition Offered by Berkshire Maestros

Instrument Minimum Starting Age* Alternative Instrument for Young Children
Baritone 7-8 Cornet, Trumpet or Tenor Horn
Bassoon 7-8 Recorder or Mini Maestros
Cello 6-8 Violin
Clarinet 8-9 Recorder or Mini Maestros
Cornet 7-8 Recorder or Mini Maestros
Double Bass 8-10 Cello
Drum Kit 8-10 Mini Maestros
Euphonium 7-8 Cornet, Trumpet or Tenor Horn
Flute 8-9 Recorder or Mini Maestros
French Horn 8-9 Cornet, Trumpet or Tenor Horn
Guitar - Bass 10-11 Mini Maestros
Guitar - Classical 6 Mini Maestros
Guitar - Electric 10-11 Mini Maestros
Keyboard 7-8 Piano
Mini Maestros 0-3 N/A
Oboe 7-8 Recorder or Mini Maestros
Orchestral Percussion 9-10 Piano or Mini Maestros
Piano 5-6 Mini Maestros
Recorder 5-7 Mini Maestros
Saxophone 9-10 Clarinet, Recorder or Mini Maestros
Tenor Horn (E flat) 7-8 Cornet or Trumpet
Trombone 7-8 Cornet, Trumpet, Tenor Horn, Euphonium or Baritone
Trumpet 7-8 Cornet
Tuba 7-8 Any other brass instrument
Ukulele 5 Mini Maestros
Viola 8 Violin
Violin 4-6 Recorder or Mini Maestros
Voice 5-6 Recorder or Mini Maestros

* - Minimum starting ages will vary greatly depending upon the individual child (especially for brass and woodwind instruments) based upon their stage of development including their arm strength/length, handspan, embouchure (shape/size of their mouth) and breath capacity. Some instruments require adult teeth to have grown in at the front of the mouth - our teachers can advise you about if they think your child is suitable for a particular instrument.

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