Hire an Instrument / Instrument Hire
Need to Hire an Instrument? Whether you are a beginner or an experienced musician, you will need an instrument whether to play regularly or to use whilst yours is repaired etc.
Please complete the Instrument Hire / Loan Request Form below and we will contact you to advise on availability and what happens next.
NB. Instrument Hire is only available to students who either live in, or attend a school/college located in Leicester or Leicestershire.
If you need an instrument for a short period of time, or are an organisation wanting to use a number of instruments for a project or performance, please contact us to let us know what you need - we may be able to help! email@example.com
Instrument Hire Prices
Guitar, Viola, Violin
Cello, Double Bass
Short term Hire* will be charged at the termly rates of £10 band 1, £20, band 2 and £30 band 3 instruments. (Short term hire is classed as the hire of an instrument for no longer than 10 weeks.)
Half Price Instrument Hire rates will be available to those pupils paying area music centre subscription fees.
FREE Instrument Hire rates will be available to pupils meeting the remissions criteria and to those pupils receiving a LMCT bursary.
All instrument hire subject to availability.
If you are thinking about buying an instrument, why not look at our Instrument Purchase Schemes page which could help you spread interest free payments or potentially avoid paying VAT, depending on your circumstances.
If you would like to pay your Instrument Hire invoice online, please click here.
N.B. - Ensemble subscription invoices cannot be paid using this link.
Several instruments are available in a range of sizes to suit children of different ages and height. Listed below are the recommended sizes of instruments for various age groups and heights. These are rough estimates and based on typical sizes for heights for ages. If you have any doubts in sizing please speak with your child's tutor.
We also hire smaller models of Bassoons, French Horns and several other instruments. As these are often in different keys, or are more simplified versions of larger instruments, it is always worthwhile checking with a tutor first.
Ideally a player will be able to comfortably hold the scrolled end of the violin in their left hand with their left arm fairly straight while the instrument is in a playing position.
¼ size Ages 6-7
½ size Ages 7-9
¾ size Age 10
Full size Ages 11+
12″ Viola Ages 6-7
13″ Viola Ages 7-9
14″ Viola Ages 9-12
15″ Viola Ages 10-12
16″ Viola Ages 12+
¼ size 3'6″ – 4′ Tall
½ size 4′ – 4'6″ Tall
¾ size 4'6″ – 5′ Tall
Full size 5'+
¼ size Ages 7-9 Years
½ size Ages 9-13 Years
¾ size Ages 13+
½ size Ages 5-6
¾ size Ages 7-12+
Curved Head Flute - up to 9 years old
Standard Flute - 10+
Instrument Hire / Loan Request Form
Upon arranging and collecting your hired instrument, you will be asked to complete a Hire Agreement form and be given a copy of our Instrument Hire Terms and Conditions.