Norfolk Music Service has a wide range of musical instruments in its instrument hire scheme for instrumental learners. This stock is reviewed regularly and updated to ensure pupils are always learning on good quality instruments. The Music Service also has an extensive Music Library containing a number of musical scores.

What we offer

  • All pupils learning an instrument through the Music Service with a Music Service teacher are able to access the instrument hire scheme through their school at a very competitive rate
  • Pupils learning for the first time can access instrument hire free of charge for the first year of learning
  • All pupils have access to a repair and delivery service for the duration of the hire agreement
  • All schools who access Music Service tuition are able to borrow resources from the Music Library


Instruments are currently charged at £15 per term for Guitar, Upper Strings and Keyboard, £25 per term for Woodwind and Upper Brass, £30 per term for Lower Strings, Lower Brass and Endangered Species instruments* (including Bassoon, French Horn and Euphonium).

Class set of instruments (e.g. Percussion, Ukuleles, iPads) are available to hire subject to availability at a rate of £75 per term.

Pricing for 2019/20

We also have a selection of music technology resources available for hire on request.

Each instrument is hired for a minimum of half a term and schools will be charged on a half termly basis. Instrument hire is free for the first year for all pupils learning through the Music Service and completely free of charge to those pupils learning through the Music Service who are in receipt of Free School Meals or who are Looked After.

*Bursaries may be available for Endangered Species instruments on request. Please refer to the Endangered Species Instrument Policy below for further details.

Endangered Species Instruments

Instruments currently classified by Norfolk Music Service as ‘Endangered’ are Oboe, Bassoon, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, French Horn, Euphonium and Tuba. Please note this list may change from time to time dependent upon local need.

The Music Service provides support for students wishing to learn less-commonly played instruments (Endangered Species) and who are learning with a Norfolk Music Service teacher. This support provides free instrument hire for the first year of learning, with additional years free for Looked After Children (LAC) and for children in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM).

Applications should to be made through the Norfolk Music Service Fee Remission scheme. Students who do not qualify for assistance through the FSM or LAC criteria can make an independent application in writing to the Head of Music Service stating why financial support is required. All instrument loans are subject to application and availability. If instruments are not available at the point of application then the student will be placed on a waiting list.

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