Lockdown v.2 Announcement - COVID-19

We can confirm all face to face lessons will be replaced with online lessons again from Thursday 5th November. If you didn't have online lessons before, your teacher will be in touch to explain the process. We are still recruiting new pupils very successfully. Please call us with any further questions.

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Lessons in our Canterbury Studio

What is Your Music School Canterbury?

Welcome to our website. Your Music School is based in Wincheap, Canterbury, just outside of the city walls. We provide music tuition for people of all ages and abilities. YMS Canterbury, is one of the largest Independent Music Schools in the UK with over 1000 students currently enrolled for our courses. Our aim is is to provide our students with high quality, professional tuition, to enable you to achieve the very best on your musical journey.

We pride ourselves on excellent facilities and even more importantly, fantastic energetic teachers who are keen to share their skills to get you playing musical instruments to a high standard. Whether it’s just for fun, to achieve grades or for amateur or professional performance work, our team can help you achieve this in a very enjoyable way. Our founder, James Wilford, started the school back in 1995 and has grown his team over the last 25 years to deliver music tuition of the highest standard. Our exam results and concerts are testament to this. Please take a look around the website to see for yourself what kind of things happen at YMS. If you’re interested in any of our courses, contact the office for further information regarding enrolling in one of the courses and to check the availability of classes.

The Three Course Types We Offer

Individual Lessons

These are one to one lessons with our tutors, most commonly for 30 minutes weekly, but some students do hourly per week or fortnight. Pupils living further away from Canterbury often take one hour every fortnight to avoid wasted travelling time and expense. This category of lesson also covers two students from the same family having a shared lesson.

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Group Lessons

Groups are when three or more students work together in group sessions. We do this on selected instruments only. Keyboard, Drums, Guitar & Vocal. Lessons are one hour in length and there are 42 per teaching year.

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Online

We work in partnership with Yamaha, delivering their excellent keyboard courses. The “Junior Play For Keeps” course is designed for 4-6 year olds and the “Play For Keeps” course is for the older children. Taught in groups of just four to eight pupils, these courses provide a superb learning environment for children and adults to learn how to play.

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Showcase Events

Steel Band

The repertoire of band is really diverse, one minute they are playing traditional calypso pieces next it’s Rock Around The Clock. The steel band haven’t performed publicly yet in 2020 since COVID-19.

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Open Mic

On the second Tuesday of each month in term time, we hold an Open Mic night, called YMS Presents. This was no exception during lockdown. A fun evening and a brilliant opportunity to build confidence and experience.

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Concerts

YMS holds large concerts on a regular annual basis. Historically we have filled the Marlowe Theatre twice in a day and showcased 550 students in huge concerts. However recently, we have taken the format of smaller more regular and inclusive...

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What people say about us

Our violin teacher has been brilliantly patient with us, with online lessons every week. - Clare Delf

Had some guitar lessons here and some Ukulele lessons for my son. The teachers are brilliant and it’s a friendly atmosphere. - Tristan Coldbeck

My daughters first vocal exam with Rock school! It’s easy to get to, parking available, clean and tidy, the staff were really friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend to anyone. Thank you! See you all again when she has her guitar exam and the next vocal exam! - Michelle Barkham