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Online Lessons - New Students

Berkshire Maestros offers the highest quality musical education delivering instrumental and singing lessons in schools across the county and at our music centres. Tuition covers all instrumental families; brass, guitar, keyboard, percussion, strings, woodwind and voice, across a wide range of styles and genres. We provide inspirational musical activities and opportunities which enable children and young people to achieve their potential and develop confidence, self-esteem and a life-long love of music.

Whilst school and music centre closures remain in place, we are unable to provide lessons in person. However we are offering one-to-one instrumental and singing lessons online via Zoom. These lessons are open to new and existing students, for both adults and children. (If you are an existing student wanting to find out more about online lessons, please click here.)

Find out more by clicking on the headings below:

How are Online Lessons organised?

Ready to Sign Up for Online Lessons?

Why Learn to Why Learn to Play an Instrument or to Sing?

Which Instrument?

About Music Exams

Lesson fees


How are Online Lessons Organised?

We are delighted to extend our online lessons to those who are new to lessons with Berkshire Maestros - for both adults and children. Online lessons in the comfort of your living room are an ideal way of learning a new skill during your free time without having to travel to see your teacher. We can even deliver hire instruments (except for drum kits and pianos) if you do not already have access to one. There has never been a better time to begin your musical journey.

We provide online lessons via the videocalling service Zoom. This is easy to use and free. If you are not familiar with Zoom, please see our instructions.

If you would like to have a taster session before you commit to lessons then this can be arranged, although you would need access to your own instrument for the taster. Please e-mail us to request a taster, telling us which instrument you are interested in.

We can offer group lessons (20 minutes fortnightly) for £9.90 per week. You can sign up for a half term only if necessary. Please see our usual fees, and check our terms and conditions.

Got a question about Online Learning? Have a look at our FAQs.

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Ready to Sign Up for Online Lessons?

If you are interested in lessons for the first time then you can register here. You will be asked where you would like your lessons to take place - please select either a school that is relevant to you, or your local music centre if not, and our admin team will assign you to online lessons when they receive your registration.

Once you have registered for your place, please read the Online Learning Guidelines and Acceptable Use policy, and complete the opt-in Google Form to show your agreement to the terms.

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Why Learn to Play an Instrument or to Sing?

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

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)

The benefits of learning an instrument or singing for adults also leads to improved well-being and confidence, as well as having fun. Maybe you always meant to get around to learning a particular instrument - imagine the satisfaction of achieving that.

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

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Which Instrument?

Berkshire Maestros teaches a wide range of instruments as well as voice. Click on any of the instrument names below to find out if it is suitable for you/your child.


String: Brass: Woodwind:

Violin Cornet Recorder
Viola Trumpet Flute
Cello Trombone Oboe
Double Bass French Horn Clarinet
  Tenor Horn Saxophone
  Baritone Bassoon
  Euphonium  
  Tuba  
     

Guitars: Percussion: Others:

Guitar - Classical Drum Kit Keyboard
Guitar - Electric Orchestral Percussion Piano
Guitar - Bass   Voice
Ukulele  

If you are concerned about the cost of buying an instrument when you/your child is just starting, you can choose to hire an instrument from us from as little as £23 per term. To find out more about instrument hire please click here.

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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
Cello 6-8 Violin
Clarinet 8-9 Recorder
Cornet 7-8 Recorder
Double Bass 7-9 Cello
Drum Kit 5-6 -
Euphonium 7-8 Cornet, Trumpet or Tenor Horn
Flute 8-9 Recorder
French Horn 8-9 Cornet, Trumpet or Tenor Horn
Guitar - Bass 10-11 Ukulele
Guitar - Classical 6 Ukulele
Guitar - Electric 10-11 Ukulele
Keyboard 7-8 Piano
Oboe 7-8 Recorder
Orchestral Percussion 9-10 Piano
Piano 5-6 -
Recorder 5-7 -
Saxophone 9-10 Clarinet or Recorder
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 -
Viola 8 Violin
Violin 4-6 Recorder
Voice 6-7 Recorder

* - 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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