Parents resources


Just starting out?

There are so many different instruments it’s often hard to know which one to choose. Some children decide to carry on with their First Access instrument, or learn an instrument that someone in the family plays. The instrument they start to play now could become a life-long interest or career, so it’s worth spending some time thinking about and discussing which one is right for them.

Lessons in School

Signing up for lessons is just the start. Whether your child has just started lessons at primary school or is adjusting to a new routine after moving to secondary school there are some simple things you can do to help.

Primary School

Secondary School

For more advice see this article about helping your child as they cope with the transition to secondary school.

Music Shops

There are music shops around Cumbria with a wide range of musical instruments, sheet music and accessories for all sorts of instruments. There are also excellent online shops, and amazon is a great source of second hand music.

  • Omega Music, Brampton
  • Rainbow Music, Carlisle
  • Billy Bowmans, Cockermouth
  • Lakeland Music, Penrith
  • Penwarden Music, Milnthorpe
  • www.musicroom.com
  • www.amazon.co.uk

Supporting your child

Continued support at home is vital if you want your child to succeed and continue with their chosen instrument.

Keep an eye out for opportunities to take part in workshops, bands and orchestras. Have a look at our latest events and news to see what’s going on around Cumbria

I just wanted to thank you for a fabulous evening on 26th June at the Sands Centre. It was an amazing opportunity that you created for our son Charlie in year 7 at QEGS to be a part of.

I would just like to say a huge thank you on behalf of my daughter to the National Youth Jazz Orchestra for running the workshop on Saturday at Queen Katherine School. My daughter, Hannah, had such a fantastic time and has come back so inspired and enthusiastic. It was a lovely opportunity.

Take a look at some of these links for tips on practice, and information about learning to play:

Do you have any favourite online resources to share?