Learn to play an instrument

If you are interested in learning to play a musical instrument and go to a Salford school then the first person to ask is your class teacher in primary schools or the Head of Music if you are in a secondary school. The school will then get in touch with us. In some schools, MAPAS bill parents directly for lessons. Your child's school will inform you if that is the case.

If you are an adult, or a young person who wants to have lessons outside of school then more information about how to do this can be found here.

Which instruments can I learn to play?

We teach keyboard, steel pans, voice and piano as well as a number of other instruments:

  • Woodwind - recorder, flute, clarinet and saxophone
  • Brass - trumpet, cornet, horn, baritone, trombone and tuba
  • Orchestral strings - violin, viola, cello and double bass
  • Rock and pop - guitar, bass guitar and drum kit

All schools offer a different selection and the costs can vary depending on the level of subsidy that the school are able to offer. The prices of lessons at Arts Centre are on the document attached to this page. The cost of lessons is the same regardless of what instrument you wish to learn.


For some, part of playing an instrument is the taking of grade examinations. We offer examination sessions three times a year and in agreement with the MAPAS tutor and parents or carers, pupils are entered for these when they are ready.

We use the Associated Board examination system but through our involvement in the Greater Manchester Music Hub can offer alternative examination boards such as Rock School and Trinity.

Find out more about examinations


Once you have started to play an instrument or sing, it is important that you have the opportunity to develop that skill. This can be done in many different ways; you can join your school band, choir or orchestra, come to the MAPAS run ensembles at one of our arts centres or start a band of your own. Whatever you choose to do MAPAS can offer support.

Performance is an important part of our work and opportunities are offered for you to play to large audiences at major venues whatever standard you have reached. This includes events at the LowryBridgewater Hall and BBC Philharmonic studios MediaCityUK near to home and places like Symphony Hall Birmingham and the Royal Albert Hall on a national stage.

"My son was chosen by his tutor to perform in the soloist concert which was a fantastic experience. All the students involved did amazing and what a great experience!" - MAPAS parent