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Contact Us


Contact Us

Independent Music Solutions


James Suckling, Senior Managing Partner - Heart of England

(Birmingham , Solihull, Coventry, Reddich, Leicester, Northampton, Banbury and surrounding areas)


Phone: 07776 228179

Edward Roberts-Malpass, Regional Managing Partner - West Mercia & The Black Country

(Worcester, Kidderminster, Stourbridge, Halesowen, Dudley, Sandwell, Wolverhampton and surrounding areas)


Phone: 07967 637752

Simon Belcher, Regional Managing Partner - Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

(Bedford, Milton Keynes, Luton and surrounding areas)


Phone: 07802 420816

Kevin Duncan, Regional Managing Partner - East Anglia

(Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk)


Phone: 07702 173772


I would like to let you know how pleased we have been with the lessons the girls have received. We can’t believe how well they have done since September. Listening to them practise is truly enjoyable. They are keen to practise and look forward to their lessons. Thank you for providing such a fabulous service.
— Lindsey Cameron, Parent, Culworth Primary Academy

Teaching Vacancies

Teaching Vacancies

Teaching Vacancies

All our teachers belong to the IMS Partnership, which offers termly meetings, a support network and excellent renumeration. IMS is currently expanding across the Midlands area and we are looking for dynamic, enthusiastic music practitioners who are interested in flexible, part-time work during school hours. We would be very pleased to hear from suitably qualified/experienced instrumental, vocal and class music teachers.



Please send your current CV and the names of two referees who may be contacted without further permission from yourself, to We will contact you should any suitable teaching vacancy arise.


Alternatively, please fill in the form below, specifying the position and your contact details.


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FAQ 's

For Parents

FAQ 's

For Parents

Frequently Asked Questions



Why Learn an Instrument?

Learning an instrument is a skill for life. Playing an instrument can lead to a lifelong hobby or a career in teaching and performing.
By playing in a band or orchestra you meet other people with the same interests. Having special skills helps boost confidence and self-esteem.

Which instrument should I choose?

The choice is yours! Maybe someone in your family already plays an instrument. String, woodwind and brass instruments offer many social opportunities for ensemble and orchestral playing and the smaller ones are easy to carry around. The piano will give students the complete experience of playing solo pieces. Guitars and drums are always popular but you will need the space for a drumkit at home. Singing can be done anywhere – no equipment needed!

Should I have an individual or group lesson?

We would advise younger students and beginners to have a group lesson initially and older, more experienced players to have an individual lesson.

How much are lessons and how do I pay?

Lesson prices vary from £12.25 a week for an individual lesson to £5 a week for a group lesson. Fees are paid termly in advance either by Internet Bank Transfer or by cheque. Lessons cannot start until a term’s fees have been paid in full.

What am I committing to?

Our students register and pay in advance for one term at a time – if you wish to stop we ask for half a term’s notice. Notice must be given by the Friday before any half term holiday if you wish to stop at the end of that term. The minimum commitment is one term.

Will I need to buy an instrument?

Yes, you will need a good quality instrument. A poor quality instrument will be difficult to play successfully and may deter you from wanting to practice. We have a range of instruments for hire from as little as £1 per week. If you would like to purchase your own instrument, we recommend Normans Musical Instruments:


Will I need to bring my instrument to school each week?

Orchestral instruments and guitars will need to be brought into school each week. Piano, keyboards and drums will be provided in school but you will also need these instruments at home in order to practice.

Can I try another instrument?

If you are not getting on well with one particular instrument we would be happy for you to try another as many general musicianship skills are transferable between instruments. We would need a half term’s notice to change.

Will I take exams?

Exams are entirely optional but we believe they offer a ladder for success and allow students to celebrate their musical achievements. With practice students should be able to gain a grade each year.

How much practice will I have to do?

Practice is the key to success. Beginners will need to practice for around 15 minutes 3 or 4 times a week building gradually up to around an hour a day for Grade 8 students.