Music lessons

Learning to play an instrument is one of the most rewarding and exciting things you can do. And with Newham Music you can learn just about every instrument there is!

But do you know your tuba from your double bass? Your oboe from your saxophone? Here’s a quick guide to all the instruments we teach – one of these will be right for you.

First the basics;

  • instruments come in ‘families’, which all have one thing in common

  • there are small and large, high and low instruments in each family

  • each family has one or two instruments that are more popular, and a few that are less, so if you choose one of the less popular instruments, you’ll always be in demand!

  • every one of these instruments has a group or ensemble that it plays in

  • some instruments belong in more than one family – don’t get confused!


The families are:



Find out about learning the violin, viola, cello or double bass.


Summer Grooves

Find out about learning the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, recorder or saxophone.


Find out about learning the trumpet, cornet, trombone, tuba, euphonium, baritone or french horn.


Percussion and drums

Summer Samba Groove

Find out about learning orchestral percussion or the drum-kit.

Piano and keyboard

Find out about learning the piano and keyboard.

Guitar & Ukulele

Summer Grooves

Find out about learning the acoustic, electric or bass guitar.


Singing & voice

a large group of young people singing wearing black tshirts with Newham Music logo

Find out about learning classical, pop or jazz singing.

Music Theory

Find out about learning music theory.

Music Production

Young man recording lyrics.

Find out about learning music technology


First Steps

A group of children standing on a stage outdoors

Music-making for under 7s

Ensembles, groups & choirs

Play your instrument or sing with other young people

Jack Petchey FoundationNational Foundation For Youth MusicArts Council England
Accessible colours