The instruments we teach include the following

Bassoon, Cello,  Clarinet, Cornet, Double bass, Drum kit, Euphonium, Fife, Flute, French horn, Guitar, Keyboard, Oboe, Percussion, Piano, Recorder, Saxophone, Tenor horn, Trombone, Trumpet , Tuba, Viola, Violin, Voice .

Even if your instrument is not on the list we may still be able to offer it, so please ask.

When deciding which instrument to learn, it is vital for a child to enjoy the sound the instrument makes. We hope that they will have recently heard the instrument being played, perhaps in a live music concert or in a presentation at school.

Hiring an Instrument 

  • If your child is a new starter and you are applying for instrument hire, you will be given the information on how to hire an instrument once lessons have been confirmed. This information will come through to you via email (from with 'Start Date Confirmation' as the subject line.  
  • If you would like to hire an instrument, please click here to complete our instrument hire form.
  • If your child is a non West Sussex Music pupil and would like to hire an instrument, please click here to apply for instrument hire.

We have a stock of instruments that, subject to availability, can be hired at a low cost.  We will give priority to families who would otherwise find it hard to buy or hire an instrument commercially.

Returning an Instrument

Should you no longer need the instrument or your child ceases lessons with West Sussex Music you must return the instrument. The completed instrument returns form should be placed inside the instruments case, which should be left at your child’s school office for the courier to return. Alternatively you can arrange to take it back to West Sussex Music in Petworth.

Please do not leave the instrument with the teacher or leave it at a music centre.
It is the hirer’s responsibility to return the instrument in good working order.

Click here to download the instrument returns form