At Centre for Young Musicians Taunton (CYMT) we’re unique in the way we offer you a totally bespoke musical experience. When you attend our centre on a Saturday we design for you a timetable of workshops, ensembles and individual tuition that is carefully tailored around your musical preferences and instruments.

We cater for all abilities, musical tastes and ages from 5-18.

Perhaps you want to learn the violin and join our string orchestra but you’d also like to do musical theatre and music production – no worries – we can give you all this. Or perhaps you’re an experienced drummer and you’d like to join a rock band and our jazz ensemble and then focus on DJ skills and drama as well – we can make it happen.

Age appropriate timetables:

The littlest ones aged 5-7 take part in our 45 minute Music Starts Here! session on a Saturday which gives them the chance to explore different instruments and their own musicality before choosing what they would like go on and learn. Individual instrument tuition with our fabulous tutors is also available for the youngest who are keen to start learning their own instrument. There is a session at 9.30-10.15 for Reception & Year 1, and a session at 10.25 – 11.10 for Years 2 & 3.

Our 7-9 year old children enjoy our Prelude Programme which is comprised of 5 x 30 minute workshops including  ukulele group, band, general musicianship, history of music and singing. They can also enjoy one on one tuition on their chosen instrument or instruments. The Prelude Programme is designed to build confidence, musicality and playing together in ensembles.

Our 9-18  year olds enjoy a timetable of 5 workshops (of various durations, 30′ / 40′ / 45′) on a Saturday running from 8.30am until 3.30pm.

A vast range of instruments’ groups, ensembles and skills are on offer.

Below is a flavour of the different classes and ensembles we offer. Why not come along for a FREE TASTER and discover which workshops you’d enjoy most? Get in touch today to find out more and tell us about which instruments you already play or what you’re interested in learning.

We’ll create a musical adventure for you on a FREE TASTER day that is sure to fire you up! You’ll also make new friends – with around 100 young people already joining us a CYMT you’re guaranteed a great time.

Classes  and  ensembles  we  offer  include:

  • aural  training
  • brass group
  • composition
  • music technology / music production exploring Logic Pro (for students aged 11+)
  • DJ skills
  • general musicianship workshops
  • guitar groups
  • history of music workshops
  • orchestra
  • individual lessons (as required, when taken alongside a programme of group workshops)
  • jazz band
  • recorder & ocarina group
  • percussion group
  • pop groups
  • recorder groups
  • singing ensembles
  • string groups
  • theory of music classes
  • ukulele groups
  • woodwind groups
  • drama workshops

Individual tuition (if required):

Available to students aged 5 – 18 on one of our programmes, we also offer 1:1 lessons with our fantastic specialist tutors in a huge range of instruments and skills:

  • acting / speech & drama
  • guitar
  • bass guitar
  • ukulele
  • singing/voice
  • piano
  • flute
  • clarinet
  • oboe
  • bassoon
  • saxophone
  • recorder
  • violin
  • viola
  • cello
  • double bass
  • harp
  • cornet
  • trumpet
  • French horn
  • trombone
  • orchestral percussion
  • drum kit
  • music production (for ages 11-18)

We also offer you the following fantastic experiences and support as part of the CYMT:

  • Workshops by visiting artists from the Guildhall School and other professional musicians
  • Access to additional online classes and workshops with professional musicians
  • Support for GCSE/A level music students and music technology/production
  • Use of the ‘Guildhall Stream’ website to upload recordings and performances
  • The opportunity to take part in musical activities with other CYM centres across the UK
  • Support for those wishing to pursue their musical studies to HE level
  • Access to apply for a place on the Guildhall Young Artists bursary scheme

For the little ones aged 5-7:

We offer the fun, dynamic and hands-on Music Starts Here! 45 minute workshop. This introduces you to different instruments, musical skills and theory and starts you on your exciting journey at CYMT. It will help you discover which instruments you’d like to explore further when you move on to our full timetable of classes and lessons on a Saturday. You will also make new friends and get to know our tutors better.

New for September – drama workshops for anyone in aged 9-18:

We’re extremely excited to be offering drama workshops at CYMT. We’re part of the world-renowned Guildhall School of Music & Drama, so you know you can expect brilliant drama tuition. In fact past alumni of Guildhall include Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Emma Naomi (Bridgerton  &  Professor T), Michaela Coel (I May Destroy You), Jodie Whittaker (Dr Who),  Daniel Craig  (James Bond) and many more. Find out more about our Drama Workshops here.

Fees and bursaries:

For details of the fees for our one on one lessons and workshops at CYMT please see our Costs page and details about the Bursaries we offer. We want everyone to be able to access the best in music education so we offer bursaries for tuition (for all ages/areas) and travel (for students 11+ from West Somerset region) to the Centre.

Why not get in touch today to find out more and arrange a FREE TASTER at our Saturday music centre?

If you have a question, feel free to call the Head of Centre, Rachael Parvin, on 07754 217993 or email