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Rochdale Music Service

Rochdale Music Service is a friendly and accessible service that provides high quality music tuition in schools across the borough of Rochdale and from our music centre at Rochdale Town Hall.

Music for everyone

Junior brass. It doesn't matter if you've not played before or if you're coming back to music after a break, you don’t need your own instrument we can provide one at no extra cost.

Each week we teach over 3,000 children in 80 schools and over 300 from our centre. Whatever your musical interests, your standard of playing or age we can teach you and we have different levels of groups for you to join.

We know that music can transform people's lives, improve their health and wellbeing and provide a lifelong hobby and interest. We're proud of the achievements of all of our participants and are fully committed to supporting you to achieve your musical aims, whilst enjoying making music.

How do book a music lesson

To book your music lesson complete the lesson form below and return it to us.

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Cost of music lessons

  • 15 minutes £8.
  • 30 minutes £16.
  • 45 minutes £24.
  • 1 hour £32.

Instruments you can learn

We've a range of lessons for different instruments, music theory and voice. See table below for the instruments we teach.

  • Brass: cornet, Euphonium, French horn, tenor horn, trombone, trumpet, tuba
  • Guitar: acoustic, electric
  • Keyboard
  • Piano
  • Percussion (pitched and unpitched): drum kit, orchestral
  • String: cello, double bass, viola, violin
  • Woodwind: bassoon, clarinet, flute, oboe, saxophone

Music exams and prices

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) is the UK’s largest music education body, and the world’s leading provider of music exams. We hold ABRSM exams several times a year on all of the instruments we teach from grade 1-8, including music theory.

Exam prices are:

​Grade Practical exam​ cost
​Theory exam cost
​Grade 1
​Grade 2 ​£44
​Grade 3 ​£50
​Grade 4 ​£56
​Grade 5 ​£60
​Grade 6 ​£70
​Grade 7 ​£76
​Grade 8 ​£88

Become a member of Rochdale Music Service and improve your skills

  • Single membership £30 per term - entitles your child to join as many ensembles as they wish.
  • Family membership £50 per term - allows multiple children and adults from the same family to join an unlimited number of ensembles.

Our centre ensembles, bands and choirs are accessible for all, from beginners to advanced players who are capable of representing at international level. You don't need to wait to join a group, your playing will improve rapidly when you do, whatever your level.

Each year groups have the opportunity to perform in concerts in different venues locally, nationally and internationally. In 2016, over 60 concerts were given by our different centre groups, in addition to their participation in the Music for Youth Festival and Music Festival of Performing Arts

Apply to become a member of Rochdale Music Service

Greater Manchester Music Hub

Through the Greater Manchester Music Hub, we work with a range of partners who support our work and also provide additional opportunities to our members. These include the Hallé Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, the Bridgewater Hall, Charanga, Chetham's School of Music, Music Unlimited, The Manchester Camerata, The Royal Northern College of Music, and the University of Salford.

Rochdale Music Service on Greater Manchester Music Hub


Become a sponsor: please contact us using the details on this page if you're interested in becoming a sponsor.

Our sponsors: we're grateful to companies and individuals who have sponsored our work in many different ways, from donating prizes, to funding events and workshops. Sponsors can help us by adopting a player, sponsoring a concert or concert tour and by sponsoring lessons for children in the Rochdale borough from families on a low income so they can continue to learn.

Our sponsors are:

  • Rochdale Boroughwide Housing
  • Barrett Homes
  • Hanson Springs
  • Rotary Club
  • Friends of Peine
  • Friends of Rochdale Music Service - a group of volunteers made up of Rochdale Music Service staff and parents of children who use the service

Connect with us

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Youth brass band.

Community wind band.

Elementary brass.

Childrens choir.

Fanfare team.

Guitar group.

Saxophone quartet.


01706 926750

Rochdale Music Service
Floor 2
Rochdale Town Hall
The Esplanade
Rochdale OL16 1AB

Opening times​ - term time only

Monday, 9am-7.45pm
Tuesday, 9am-7.30pm
Wednesday, 9am-8.15pm
Thursday, 9am-7.30pm
Friday, 9am-6.15pm
Saturday, 9am-2pm