Barnsley Music Service

We deliver high quality music provision for children and young people in Barnsley. We're also proud leaders of the Barnsley Music Hub.

Working with the hub's partner organisations, we offer children and young people, from five to 18, the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, make music with others, learn to sing and to progress and enjoy music making. 

The Music Service is based at The Civic, Hanson Street (Off regent Street), Barnsley S70 2HZ and is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.00pm. Group activities take place every weekday evening from 4pm until late

What we offer

We offer the following opportunities, both in Barnsley schools and at the music centre.

  • First access – allows all children to begin learning a musical instrument as part of a whole class in their primary school.
  • Musical bridges – allow children to carry on after their first access year
  • Small group tuition – further develops children’s ability to play a musical instrument.
  • Examinations – offer opportunities for pupils to achieve nationally accredited musical examinations.
  • Individual lessons – give a limited number of young people the opportunity to have individual lessons and support higher graded examinations.
  • Ensembles – in partnership with Barnsley Ensembles Hub we offer a range of bands, groups and orchestras for all instrument families.
  • Instrument loan scheme – available for pupils receiving tuition and subject to availability.
  • Performance opportunities – regular concerts, master classes and workshops in a range of venues locally and nationally.

Take a look at our pupil handbook for more information.

Instrumental tuition

  • violin, viola, cello and bass
  • guitar (acoustic, electric and bass)
  • flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, bassoon, recorder
  • cornet, trumpet, flugel horn, tenor horn, french horn, baritone, euphonium, trombone and tuba
  • piano and keyboard
  • tuned and un-tuned percussion 

If your child receives free school meals, they're entitled to a group instrumental music lesson at a third of the normal price, and free hire of an instrument.

Music examinations

If your child wants to sit a music examination, these take place three times a year at at the music centre.

When your child reaches the required standard, the music service teacher will write to you asking for permission to enter them for an examination.  If you agree, we'll ask them to fill in an examination form and send it back to us.  When we know the dates and times of the examinations, your child's teacher at the music centre will let them know.

Orchestras, bands, choirs and ensembles

In partnership with Barnsley Ensembles Hub, we also run:

  • Wentworth, Oakwell and Stainborough String Orchestras
  • Barnsley Youth Guitars
  • Barnsley Folk Orchestra
  • Barnsley Metropolitan Band
  • Barnsley Town Concert Band
  • Barnsley Junior and Intermediate Bands
  • Penistone Junior Band
  • Barnsley Junior and Youth Percussion Ensemble 
  • Penistone Children’s Choir           

Anyone who lives in Barnsley can join the bands, orchestras and ensembles, providing spaces are available and safeguarding checks are cleared.

What's on when

Day Activity (call us for exact timings)

Monday evenings
  • Music centre lessons
  • Aural class
  • Theory class

Tuesday evenings
  • Music centre lessons

Wednesday evenings
  • Music centre lessons
  • Aural class
  • Barnsley Metropolitan Band
  • Barnsley Junior Band
  • Barnsley Youth Guitars
  • Barnsley Folk Orchestra
  • Penistone Junior Band
  • Penistone Children’s Choir

Thursday evenings
  • Music centre lessons
  • Barnsley Junior Percussion Ensemble
  • Barnsley Youth Percussion Ensemble

Friday evenings
  • Music centre lessons
  • Barnsley Intermediate Band
  • Barnsley Town Concert Band
  • Oakwell String Orchestra
  • Stainborough String Orchestra
  • Wentworth String Orchestra

Weekends and school holidays

  • Courses and events as advertised