Music Starters

Welcome to Gloucestershire Music and congratulations on choosing to play a musical instrument.  These pages are designed to give you helpful hints, advice, music and videos to help you in your first few weeks of playing an instrument.

When you first get your instrument, it can be a little confusing on how to assemble it.  You may be worried that you may damage the instrument and want to know how to protect it.  Follow this link to some great YouTube clips designed by Brighton Music service.  These will take you through the basic steps of assembly and how to care for your instrument.

Things you may need

It is important, as a minimum, to have your own tutor book. This will help you stay on track and progress alongside your school friends.  A full list of suggested books is listed below and can be purchased via the links or from local music shops or online suppliers.

Brass, Recorders and Woodwind Instruments

If you play either a recorder, clarinet, flute, saxophone or any of the brass instruments, then your recommended book is called MUSIC MARVELS.  This is published by a company called Warwick Music and you can purchase your copy by visitng their website or by telephone on 024 7671 2081.  Please ensure you order the correct version of the book.  (e.g. the recorder book if you play the recorder and so on).  Trombone players should order the bass clef version of this series.


All ukulele players are required to purchase a copy of Progressive Ukulele Method for Young Beginners by Peter Gelling.  This is available from reliable music shops or online.  


If you are taught by Miss Heather McFarlane, you will need to order Vamoosh for Violin book 1 by Thomas Gregory.  If your teacher is either Mrs Sheila Wheeler or Mrs Helen Hatton then please order Violin Star book 1 by Edward Huws Jones. All these are available from reliable music shops or online.

Yours sincerely,
Steven Legge
Head of Instrumental and Vocal Tuition

Gloucestershire Music
Colwell Arts Centre. Derby Road, Gloucester GL1 4AD
Telephone: (01452) 330300/330292 | Email:

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