Choosing the right instrument can make all the difference

There are many benefits to learning a musical instrument – improved concentration, a sense of achievement and making new friends.

Choosing which instrument to play is an important first step. It’s easy to get put off if you don't like the first instrument you try. So you might like to try out different instruments at one of our taster days, in a music shop, or you can have lessons on a few of your favourite instruments before you commit.

With 60 Cambridgeshire Music tutors teaching nearly 30 different instruments, we are sure we can offer you something you will enjoy – and we can help you decide. There’s no rush. Take your time and explore the wonderful world of music at your own pace.

What to consider when choosing an instrument

Here are some things to think about when considering what instrument to play:

What type of music do you enjoy?
Do you want to play in an orchestra or on your own?
How creative are you?
How much practice are you prepared to do?
How much space do you have at home?
How much do you want to spend on an instrument?

Which instrument?

Have a listen to our new series on Spotify (cambsmusic), where we bring together the best tunes to showcase a range of instruments.

Look out for our taster days in our Take part in projects and events section.

For a taster of different instruments and their characteristics, the National Children’s Orchestra has some helpful videos here

How much does it cost?

All our instruments cost £36 per term to borrow. More info..

Our VAT-free purchase scheme helps with the cost of purchasing higher value instruments. More info..


A great way to start is to try different instruments in a music shop, or get lessons on a few instruments. There’s no rush.