Suffolk County Music Service

The Suffolk County Music Service (SCMS) offers a wide range of music ensemble activities for all ages, abilities, and instruments in District and Area Music Centres for young people.

Role in the Suffolk Music Education Hub

The SCMS is the Lead Organisation of Suffolk Music Education Hub (SMEH). SCMS work with a range of partners in order to create, deliver and signpost a joined-up music education provision for Suffolk children and young people, both in and out of school.

The vision is to encourage participation, enjoyment and achievement in music for all Children and Young People, through providing good value, high quality music education and performance opportunities. SCMS aim to nurture talent and creativity at all levels, building self-esteem and discipline, widening horizons, and bringing music to all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

Musical opportunities

In school

Within schools, SCMS provide Key Stage 2 Whole Class Ensemble Tuition (WCET). WCET ensures that every child aged 5 to 18 has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument (other than voice) for ideally a year of weekly tuition on the same instrument.

In 2016 there was a total of 151 schools participating in the WCET programme. WCET classes are invited to participate in 'WCET Celebration' events across the county, and A Celebration of Schools' Music at Snape Maltings Concert Hall.

SCMS also provides Play On, Standard Instrumental and Vocal Teaching programmes. This teaching develops pupils' musical skills beyond the KS2 WCET level. For more information you can download the SCMS Options and Services brochure.


SCMS' programme of progressive extra-curricular activity is called Suffolk Youth Music.

Local County Music Schools provide musical opportunities for young musicians from beginner up to around Grades 3 -5 or equivalent standard on brass, wind and string instruments. Some centres also have provision for young guitar and percussion players.

At Area level a range of ensemble opportunities is provided for more advanced young musicians.

At County level there are ensembles for the most advanced young musicians, such as Suffolk Youth Orchestra.

More information

Follow the links below to find out about:

  • County Music School activities and newsletters;
  • how to join and pay for Suffolk Youth Music activities;
  • exam dates;
  • Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme and instrument insurance.

Events Calendar

Schools' calendar

Schools can download the County Music Service calendar for 2018-19. It provides details and dates for all SCMS activity for the upcoming year.

You can download the calendar from the 'Offer to schools' page.

Go to 'Offer to schools'