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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 to book a music lesson

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

Book your music lesson (opens in a new window)

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 ​£45
​Grade 3 ​£52
​Grade 4 ​£58
​Grade 5 ​£62
​Grade 6 ​£72
​Grade 7 ​£78
​Grade 8 ​£91

Join an ensemble - improve your skills

Become a member of the Rochdale Music Service and join our ensembles, bands and choirs.

Our groups will help you improve rapidly, whatever your skill level. They're suitable for beginners and for advanced players capable of representing at an international level.  

Each year, our groups have opportunities to perform in concerts in local, national and international venues. 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.

See a full list of Rochdale Music Service ensembles, bands and choirs

Become a member of Rochdale Music Service

There are 2 types of membership:

  • Single membership £30 per term - 1 child can join as many ensembles as they wish.
  • Family membership £50 per term - children and adults from the same family can join as many ensembles as they wish.
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

Stay up-to-date and follow us on social media at:


01706 926750

Phone: you can ring us during the opening times listed below.

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

Opening times​ - term time only

Monday: 8.30am-8pm
Tuesday: 8.30am-8.30pm
Wednesday: 8.30am-7.30pm
Thursday: 8.30am-7.30pm
Friday: 8.30am-6.30pm
Saturday: 8.30am-noon