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The recorder was about the most popular instrument 400 years ago, with famous composers such as Vivaldi and Bach writing concertos for it. Although it is now more associated with classroom musical lessons, it is still the most popular instrument, with most households owning at least one recorder. If you think ‘squeak’ when you imagine a recorder go and have a listen to professionals playing on YouTube. Prepare to be amazed!

Learning to play recorder

Because recorders are cheap and robust every school aged child would benefit from owning one to begin creating music. Formal recorder lessons work well from Year 1 or 2. An amazing instrument in its own right, it also teaches you all the techniques needed to transfer to other woodwind instruments

  • Benefits of learning the recorder

    Learning the recorder improves memory and concentration. As it demands great skill on both hands it will develop coordination and strength. There are opportunities to join ensembles when playing a recorder, and it is an instrument that encourages creativity.

  • Is it the right instrument for me?

    Although most people are familiar with the descant recorder, there are actually eight recorders in the family. The more experienced you get, the more of these you play. It plays music from very early times right through to very modern music and as an ensemble instrument is usually found in recorder consorts.


You can start to learn the recorder in our low cost group lessons

Find a recorder lesson

Lessons are available in schools or at music centres after school and at weekends

Help with fees

If you need some financial support to get going with music lessons we may be able to help


To me, the advantage of the recorder is that it is so natural. I love the fact that it is just a piece of wood, that there are almost no mechanics involved.

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Michala Petri

Registering for lessons

Lessons can take place in most schools during the school day or in our music centres across Berkshire. You can choose from group or individual lessons for any instrument. Once you have registered, our team will be in touch with options for lesson times to suit you.

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