The chance to learn an instrument is an important part of the educational experience of every boy and girl. Many pupils arrive at MCS already learning an instrument; others find the change to a new school a good opportunity to take up an instrument for the first time, or indeed take up a second instrument. Most pupils at Magdalen College School learn a musical instrument and they enjoy making music with their friends across year groups.  Over 450 instrumental lessons are taught in school each week and many pupils learn externally.

Instrumental Lessons

The Music Department has an expert team of 37 visiting staff to meet a large demand for instrumental tuition in all of the major keyboard and orchestral instruments.  We additionally offer lessons in guitar (and bass guitar), saxophone, drum kit, percussion, harp and singing.


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Application Forms

The Application Form for Instrumental Music & Singing Tuition is available here.

Music Tuition Application Form

Music Theory Tuition

The Application Form for individual Music Theory Tuition is available here.

Music Theory Tuition Application Form

We also offer Alexander Technique lessons, more information is available here.

Alexander Technique Application Form

Tuition fees

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Instrument Hire

The department has many instruments for hire at a standard rate of £25 per term.

Instrumental Exams

ABRSM, Trinity and Rockschool exams are held each term.