Music at St Joseph's

We are very lucky at St Joseph’s to be able to offer a variety of musical instrument lessons during the school day.

Year 5 are learning to play the Ukulele this year, under the expert guidance of Surrey Arts 'Tuning Up' teacher, Mr Beagley.  We look forward to hearing them perform for us later in the year!

Surrey Arts Music Lessons

In Partnership with Surrey Arts the school have the following opportunities

Miss Karen Hoy teaches Violin and Viola through the Surrey Arts Music Lessons Scheme on Tuesday & Wednesday mornings.  If you would like to find out more and book lessons for your child, please contact Surrey Arts at 01483 519303, or email to apply online go to

Mrs Yvette Maddon teaches Cello through the Surrey Arts Music Lessons Scheme on Mondays at St Joseph’s.  Mrs Maddon also heads the Reigate Strings Orchestra which rehearses on Thursdays after school, and is a fantastic opportunity to join an orchestra.  Children are encouraged to join soon after starting to learn their instrument, and it is a fantastically fun way to help develop their musical skills.  All string players are welcome. If you would like to find out more and book lessons for your child or enquire about RSO ensembles, please contact Surrey Arts at 01483 519303, or email or to apply online go to

Other Music Lessons

The following Musical lessons also take place within the school.


Mr Mann has taught Guitar at St Joseph’s for many years.  He teaches guitar lessons on Tuesday afternoons.  If you would like to find out more and book lessons for your child please contact him at 07810 277149 or email him at


Mrs Diana Barnsley will be known to many of you previously as a class teacher at St Joseph’s, and now offers individual or group singing lessons at St Joseph’s on Thursdays.  If you are interested in finding out more or would like to book your child in for singing lessons, please contact Mrs Barnsley on 07949 604015.


Mrs Sonia Dembinska teaches piano at St Joseph’s on Fridays.  A very accomplished pianist, Mrs Dembinska has taught at St Joseph's School for a number of year, along with many other schools in the area.
If you would like to contact Mrs Dembinska for lessons at St Joseph’s you can contact her on 07515 474408.

Music in the Community

Year 3 St Joseph's children take part in the Dorking Halls Music Festival.

Our choir are always delighted to perform for the annual St PNL SVP Christmas Tea.

This year, children from Year 4, 5 & 6 will be taking part in the wonderful 'Young Voices' Concert in the O2 in Early 2024.  Mrs Tackie and a 100 strong choir from St Joseph's will be travelling to London to join one of the biggest choirs in the world, made up of between 5000-8000 children from other schools in the country!   

From September, the children attend YV after-school club every Tuesday to rehearse for the big day.  The concert is the culmination of a lot of hard work from the teachers and children, and is an incredibly exciting experience not only for the children and staff, but for the families who go along to watch.  We can't wait for 'showtime'!