Keeping Costs Down

As a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, we keep fees at our music centres as low as possible – although we must cover our costs. We operate a simple termly payment system, with fees due at the start of each of the 3 terms. Each term has 10 teaching weeks – see the calendar for further information.


A number of bursaries are available through the Leeds Music Education Partnership (of which YMES is a member) for under 18s from lower income households – eligibility includes Free School Meals, Pupil Premium and certain state benefits. Please ask at reception for an application form.

“Standard” and “Bolt-On” Fees


We have a new “Bolt-On” system for 2016-17 which replaces the previous saver packages. We hope this will be a fairer system which allows a greater number of students to do more than one group at the centre – such as learning a second instrument, joining an orchestra/band, or taking part in another new activity.


All students pay the “Standard” rate for their first class. Students then pay the reduced “Bolt-On” rate for each and every subsequent class they enrol in.


Class “Standard” Rate “Bolt-On” Rate
Learn an Instrument: Group Lessons £68 £52
Beginners’ Orchestra (children) £36 £20
Beginners’ Orchestra (adult) £46 £30
Senior Orchestra £62 £46
Concert Band £62 £46
Recorder Group £46 £30
Ukulele Group £46 £30
Mini Music £42 £26
Dots and Lines £30 £14
Pop/Rock Bands £42 £26


Please note that there is no “Bolt-On” rate available for 1-to-1 lessons, which are charged at £180 per term. Students taking 1-to-1 lessons are then eligible for the “Bolt-On” rate for any additional groups they then wish to enrol in though.