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Music: lessons and buying an instrument


There is an increasing body of evidence to suggest that children learning an instrument do better at school. Learning an instrument allows pupils to express themselves and grow in self-confidence whilst developing other skills such as hand and eye coordination, spatial and social skills, and self-reliance. They also develop better memories and are more likely to enjoy being at school.


Musical instrument lessons are provided in school by Surrey Arts. We currently have children learning piano, guitar, violin, cello, clarinet and flute in school, but other instruments, including brass, have been catered for when requested.


Many of these children play in the St Paul's School Orchestra. The orchestra is open to any child learning a suitable instrument who can read music and understand instructions; whether they have been learning for 3 weeks or 3 years, a part can be written to include them in some way!

To register your child’s interest in learning a musical instrument please see the information and online application form available on the Surrey Arts website.

Musical instruments may be hired through Surrey Arts. If you are considering purchasing an instrument we may be able to help you reduce the cost through the School’s Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme.