For ages 4 – 8

Music Starts Here Group 1 (Age 4 – 7)

A fun and engaging music programme for very young children. Using singing, movement games and percussion, children will absorb all the elements needed to make a confident, well-rounded musician. They will be prepared to naturally progress into the next group.

Music Starts Here Group 2 (Age 7 – 8)

A group aimed for older children. Using age-appropriate songs and games, children will explore more advanced elements of musicianship, leadership and collaborative music making skills that they can also take into the choice of Introduction to Instruments groups. Children in this group will also able to join Choir if they are staying on for Introduction to Instruments.

Introduction to Instruments

Small Group Lessons for 4 – 8 year olds (minimum of 2 per class)

These three groups are available to those who are also Music Starts Here Core Members. The three lessons will run at the same time as each other to allow children to move between groups as they explore instruments, before choosing one area of focus from:

  • Strings
  • Wind (including Recorders)
  • Piano/Keyboards

Small group teaching will allow children not only to begin to learn an instrument, but develop their musicianship, leadership and collaborative music making, also preparing them to join ensembles. This is an ideal starting point for younger children before they take up individual lessons.

For ages 9 – 18 

Core Programme 

Whether you simply want to spend a few hours making music with newfound friends, or are thinking about taking your passion for music a step further, you can be sure to ignite your creativity and have lots of fun, whilst learning from top practitioners and industry professionals. 

You will be put into a group depending on the information stated on your application form, to ensure that sessions are tailored to your experience. Sessions will cover multiple genres and styles, including classical, jazz, rock & pop and singing. 

Timings for the Core Programme are subject to the classes chosen. Most students following the Core Programme attend from 9.30am – 1.30pm each Saturday. 

For ages 9 – 18 

Ensembles Only Programme 

You can also join our ensembles only programme by choosing one class from the sessions listed above – a good option for those who are unable to commit to a whole morning.

Individual Tuition 
We also offer 1:1 lessons of 30 minutes with our fantastic specialist tutors in any of the above, when taken alongside any of our programmes listed above. For ages 4 – 18.  


Playing in groups and ensembles is fundamental to GYA Norwich. Students have the option to play in a group, take a supporting studies class and sing in a choir. Older musicians may choose to focus on the style that inspires them.   It is usual to take at least three classes. More information on which classes we have on offer is available here: Classes : Guildhall Young Artists Norwich (

For the ‘Core programme’ and ‘Ensembles only programme’ you will be given a tailor-made timetable before your start date, which will be based on your interests and experience. This will be updated as you progress and develop your musical interests. All participants for the ‘Music Starts Here’ programme will receive a fixed timetable. View an example of what a timetable at GYA Norwich could look like.