Tameside’s Leading Provider of Music Education

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About us

At Tameside Music Service, we believe everyone should have the opportunity to hear, learn about, and make music. We are qualified and experienced music educators, each with a professional portfolio spanning a diverse range of genres. Whilst our routes to teaching music are varied, all of us share the same, universal passion – to inspire and equip all music makers in Tameside in the next steps of their musical journey, whatever their circumstances.

We teach over 7000 young people a week

Tameside Music Service works with over 7,000 young people and adults across the borough, in Droylsden, Denton, Hyde, Stalybridge, Ashton, Audenshaw, Dukinfield, Longdendale, and Mossley.

We are part of the Greater Manchester Music Hub as well as a Tameside Council Service. Through our collaborations and joined up approach with numerous partners, we ensure that the young people and adults of Tameside get the best opportunities.


We’ve got something for everyone at Tameside Music Service.

Choose from a range of woodwind, brass, string, and percussion instruments, including piano, guitar and voice. Please see full list below.

We work together with schools in Tameside to teach our lessons during the school day. We also teach some of our lessons at our Music Centre in Dukinfield.

Full Instrument list:

Bass Guitar, Cello, Clarinet, Cornet, Double Bass, Drum Kit, Flute, French Horn, Guitar, Piano, Percussion (tuned), Recorder, Saxophone, Singing, Tenor Horn, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Ukulele, Viola, Violin.

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Learning with us

Just Play

What's Included?

Shared lesson with up to 6 students, ​lasting up to 30 minutes

Minimum of 34 lessons between ​September and July.

(£42 per half term)

Play 15

What's Included?

Individual lesson lasting 15 ​minutes

Minimum of 34 lessons between ​September and July.

(£65.50 per half term)

Play 30

What's Included?

Individual lesson lasting 30 ​minutes

Minimum of 34 lessons between ​September and July.

(£110 per half term)

Bands and Ensembles

Our bands and ensembles are at the heart of what we do at TMS.

All of our students, from the very beginners to the more advanced, are encouraged to join an ensemble and are offered performance opportunities throughout the year.

Though our ensemble membership pass you can access all of our ensembles and bands for just £60 per year. We also run free taster sessions every term so children and young people can experience our fantastic bands, ensembles and choirs. For more information about our taster sessions please visit our events page. Alternatively to sign up for an ensemble, band or choir please click the link.

Whats on


4:30pm - Junior Strings

5:00pm - Senior Strings

6:45pm - Chamber Strings


4:00pm Junior Wind Band

5:00pm Brass Band

6:00pm Wind Band


5:00pm Band Skills

6:00pm Bands Skills

7:00pm Band Skills


4:30pm Infant Singing

4:30pm Theory Lessons

5:15pm Junior Choir

5:45pm Jazz Band

6:00pm Senior Choir

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String Ensembles

Tameside Junior Strings

A Friendly group for Violin, Viola, ‘Cello and Double Bass students who are complete beginners to Grade 3.

Tameside Senior Strings

Suitable for all Violin, Viola, ‘Cello and Double Bass students who have reached Grade 3 standard. Senior strings rehearse weekly during term time and also perform at multiple events and venues throughout the year.

Tameside Chamber Strings

A chamber group forViolin, Viola, ‘Cello and Double Bass students who have reached roughly Grade 4 standard. Students will take the lead, playing their own part in a small group.

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Wind and Brass Ensembles

Junior Wind Band

Have you just started a woodwind or brass instrument and can play 3+ notes? Join our band and learn as you play! We play lots of fun music, learn to read music, play games and perform in concerts.

Wind Band

Grade 2+ Woodwind, Brass and Percussion players join us for weekly rehearsals of a wide range of music, including film music and musicals.

Brass Band

Suitable for all brass players aged 11 and up and percussionists (drum kit and tuned percussion). We play a range of music including music from films and TV and more traditional brass band marches such as Slaidburn for events like Whit Friday.

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Jazz Ensemble

An ensemble for grade 3+ students on any instrument who want to express themselves through improvisation and group composition in many styles including jazz and funk.

Band Skills

Band Skills runs on Wednesday evenings for those who want to form a band or are already in one and want to learn essential skills such as microphone techniques. Young people have the opportunity to perform at regular gigs around Tameside and beyond, such as Manchester Academy. Open to any skill level from year 4 + who play instruments such as guitar, bass, drums, keys, vocals, ukulele or any other type of instrument.

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Infant Singing

A fun session for children aged 4 -7 to start singing as part of an ensemble. Students will learn a variety of simple songs and chants chosen to improve both their singing and listening skills.

Junior Choir

A wonderful opportunity for children from years 3-6 to start singing as part of a larger ensemble. Students will perform new arrangements of popular songs and start to sing in harmony, learning vital ensemble and listening skills along the way

Youth Choir

For ages 11-18, Tameside Youth Choir is for all budding singers who want to perform with a brilliant ensemble. We rehearse and perform a variety of repertoire ranging from pop to musical theatre. Ideal for anyone with an interest in singing and looking to build their confidence.


We believe that music makes a vital contribution to learning and should be celebrated, promoted, and encouraged. It is a privilege for us to work alongside schools in Tameside where we witness every day the transformational power that music brings to a school, parents, and the wider community.

Our instrument-based whole class music lessons have the music curriculum firmly embedded in them, giving your pupils the opportunity to learn an instrument, learn how to sing, perform and compose in a fun and engaging way.

For more information on what we can offer visit our

Contact us


Tameside Music Service

Birch Lane Centre

Birch Lane


SK16 5AU

Tel: 0161 342 3132

Email: musicservice@tameside.gov.uk