Our Programmes

SCHOOL PROGRAMMES                                                                                                    

Primary 4 String Programme

The Menuhin Foundation was established in 1976, out of Lord Yehudi Menuhin’s idea to bring a string quartet on the island that would provide instruction in stringed instruments to all of Bermuda’s school children.  The Menuhin Foundation has partnered with 24 schools across the island to provide group string lessons to Primary 4 students.  As of to date, the Foundation, has taught about 14,000 students in its Primary 4 String Programme.  Some of these students went on to become professional musicians and music teachers themselves; whilst most opted to choose different career paths, but their love for playing strings instruments still continues on to this day.


Bursaries For Public School Students                                                                                               

The Menuhin Foundation also provides bursaries for one-on-one lessons to deserving public school students so they can continue their musical studies beyond the Primary 4 String Programme.





The Menuhin Foundation Offers private lessons for the following string instruments.

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double Bass


One of our goals is to prepare our students through the different grade levels of the ABRSM Practical Exams.  The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) graded music exams provide a structured framework for progression from beginner to advanced (Grade 1 to Grade 8 and beyond). Passing the ABRMS Practical Exams is a great motivating factor for students to continue and excel in their musical studies. It is also a good way to see their progress of playing over the years.


Apart from practical lessons, our teachers also teach Music Theory to prepare the student in their ABRSM Theory Exams.


Our lesson fees are as follows:

Duration Fees/Lesson
30 minutes $55
45 minutes $82.50
60 minutes $110
Shared 30 minutes $82.50

Notes:   As a charity, we do not set out to profit from our fees. The fees are solely to cover the Foundation’s operating expenses.

The Menuhin Foundation doesn’t charge fees if a student’s lesson falls on a Public Holiday or on a Teacher’s Day Off in lieu of a Public Holiday.




INSTRUMENT RENTALS                                                                                                      

We also offer instrument rentals for violin, viola and cello.

Instrument Fees/Term
Violin $50
Viola $50
Cello $50



We have various Music Groups that will fit a student’s level of playing.

Students don’t have to be part of our Private Lesson Programme to be able to join.


First Orchestra

Open to beginners from the schools and private programmes. Children learn basic ensemble playing in a way that supports and reinforces what they learn in their private or group lessons. The emphasis is on having fun and learning the joy of making music together.


Intermediate Orchestra

For students who have passed the ABRSM Grade 1 exam. Repertoire is more challenging, with a more nuanced approach to the finer points of orchestral playing. In this ensemble, students experience being in the midst of more complex musical “conversations” between sections.


Youth Orchestra

This is the pinnacle of our student orchestra experience. Students must have passed Grade 4 ABRSM to join this group, which plays advanced repertoire from all classical periods as well as modern arrangements of music from movies and popular culture. An amazing experience for young musicians wanting to try out their newly advanced skills. We love seeing students who have advanced through the years playing together in this group.


Adult String Ensemble

Music is a skill for life and this ensemble offers adult players a forum to continue experiencing orchestral music. Repertoire is varied in both level and genre. This group always forms a happy community of people taking time out of their busy lives to continue their relationship to playing.


Music Group Fees/Term
First Orchestra $150
Intermediate Orchestra $150
Youth Orchestra $150
Adult String Ensemble $150



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