About us and our policies

East Sussex Music provides music lessons and activities for over 7000 children and young people in East Sussex.

We are a not-for-profit organisation, part-funded by central government, to ensure that every child and young person has access to outstanding music.

Our services include:

  • weekly instrumental lessons in local schools in every part of East Sussex
  • bands, choirs and orchestras, including our local Area Music Centres in Heathfield, Eastbourne, Hastings and Lewes
  • a range of creative and exciting music activities at weekends and during the holiday
  • performances, events and training for schools, their staff and pupils

Our team of over 70 teachers are outstanding musicians who go through a rigorous and competitive interview process to work at East Sussex Music. Our teachers have outstanding credentials in music and education and will typically be either qualified teachers (PGCE., QTS), have university degrees in music and/or education and perform professionally. The minimum requirement of our teaching staff is performing at diploma level on their instrument and having a successful track record in teaching.

We ensure our teachers

  • Are recruited in line with national standards for recruitment in schools
  • are offered regular training to make sure their skills are up-to-date
  • adhere to East Sussex County Council’s child protection standards
  • are monitored and supported to ensure the highest standard of teaching

We also work with a range of local and national music education partners to bring the world’s finest music experiences to East Sussex.

Our policies