Welcome!  The Centre for Young Musicians, Taunton, is a fantastic Saturday music school in the South West offering great opportunities to its students, with top quality music tutors with dedication and drive. The Centre is a very friendly and very happy place full of like-minded, budding young musicians. 

Since opening in March 2014 the Centre for Young Musicians, Taunton, has gone from strength to strength with lots of young people learning a great deal and having loads of musical fun on Saturdays in term-time, as well as performing in many concerts.

Do come and visit CYM Taunton at our next Open Day on Saturday 14 October 2017 from 9am-12pm, at Richard Huish College, South Road, Taunton TA1 3DZ.  There will be free workshops for under-18s, tours, questions, and it’s a great chance to see this excellent music school in action.  Booking is essential, via our Contact page or telephone: 07754 217993 or email: taunton@cym.org.uk.

“It’s the highlight of my week!” flute player, Year 10

“HCYM helps me play my violin and learn music and it’s fun.” violinist, Year 3

“Hestercombe has inspired me… I have so much fun at HCYM.” cellist, Year 8

“Thank you… it’s fantastic!” parent of a guitarist, Year 10


Above: Recorder group at Hestercombe House, March 2017.

This page explains how the timetable works at CYM Taunton.

All children aged 5 to 18 learning to sing or play an instrument can join CYM Taunton and continue individual lessons with their current teacher. Students can join at any point in the academic year and no audition is required.

The timetable currently includes:

  • aural training
  • brass groups
  • creative music production workshops
  • general musicianship workshops
  • guitar groups
  • history of music workshops
  • orchestra
  • individual lessons (as required)
  • ocarina groups
  • pop groups
  • piano workshops (for duets and trios)
  • recorder groups
  • singing ensembles
  • string groups
  • theory of music classes
  • ukulele groups
  • woodwind groups

Individual tuition is available on the following instruments: guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, singing/voice, piano, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, recorder, violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, cornet, trumpet, French horn, trombone, and drum kit.

The Centre is open for 30 Saturdays per year, in line with school term dates. Before the first day of teaching at the start of the academic year there is an Activities Day where students meet each other, their teachers and get to know their surroundings.

Please click this link for the CYM term dates 2017-18.

All students are given a tailor-made timetable before their start date. Their personalised timetable may be adjustable at any point in the academic year in order to suit the needs of the student. Each student’s timetable aims to provide a good progression route within the morning’s activities from 9am-1.45pm.  The students enjoy breaktimes together and make new friends through music at CYM Taunton.


An example of a typical timetable on our “Prelude +” programme for a young musician aged 6 who’s a complete beginner, and who maybe hasn’t decided which instrument they want to focus on learning, would be the following:

9.00 Ocarina group

9.30 Ukulele group

10.00 History of music

10.30 Break-time

10.45 General musicianship

11.15 Singing ensemble [ group vocal training, but not called choir! ]

11.45 Finish

An example of a typical timetable on our “core curriculum” for a young musician aged 10 who’s already learning an instrument (without an individual lesson at CYM Taunton) for a violin student would be the following:

9.00 Orchestra

9.45 Strings group

10.30 Break

10.45 History of music / Theory of music [ fortnightly timetable for some students ]

11.15 General musicianship [ includes aural skills and rhythm work ]

11.45 Lunch [ all students bring packed lunch and drinks ]

12.15 Singing ensemble [ group vocal training, but not called choir! ]

12.45 Finish

An example of a typical timetable on our “Full curriculum” for an experienced singer aged 16 with an individual lesson at CYM Taunton would be the following:

9.00 Singing lesson

9.30 Aural training

10.00 Band/pop group

10.30 Break

10.45 Singing ensemble [ group vocal training, but not called choir! ]

11.15 History of music

11.45 Theory of music

12.15 Lunch [ all students bring packed lunch and drinks ]

12.45 Creative music production

1.45 Finish

All students benefit from such a wide range of excellent music tuition at CYM Taunton. It’s so much more than one individual music lesson and it represents excellent value for money.

Students may join at any point in the academic year so don’t wait, apply online now.

The fees are outlined on the pricing page.

Any questions? Do get in touch to arrange a visit and book some free workshops for your visit. Please contact Rachael Parvin, Head of CYM Taunton, by telephone: 07754 217993 or email: taunton@cym.org.uk.