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The bowed string family or violin family is one of the oldest and most written for musical families in the world. As with learning any new skill, it will not be an easy journey and you will need to jump over hurdles – a string instrument requires lots of practice, a lot of listening to hear the correct notes. However it is very rewarding and learning a string instrument will definitely be worthwhile.


The advantages of learning to play a string instrument

  • Wellbeing

    Playing a string instrument will encourage creativity, boost your mental development and relieve stress

  • Happiness

    Learning to play a string instrument will improve your confidence and can activate joy as you achieve and progress

  • Life enhancing

    You are committing to a life enhancing activity which will change your live for the better in so many ways


The violin makes beautiful melodious sounds and with a range of over four octaves, it is truly versatile

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The middle of the string family, with a deeper richer sound, viola is an Italian word meaning “of the arm” and can be used with the bow or plucked

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A plucked and bowed instrument, with a seated position, the cello is a bass instrument but also has the ability to play in treble clef

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Double Bass

The largest and lowest sounding bowed stringed instrument, it is the only string instrument to be tuned in 4th rather than 5th

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Help with fees

Our lessons start from £10 each but we also offer financial support for families in need.

Instrument hire

There’s no need to invest in an instrument as a beginner – you can hire one from us to play at home.

Venues and locations

You can learn to play string instruments in many schools or in our music centres across Berkshire.


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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