We hope you enjoy your newly hired instrument. Please take the time to read this document in order to keep the instrument in its best condition.

Caring for your instrument & Safety

Each Use

To extend the life of strings it is recommended that you wipe them with a cloth after each use. Over time sweat causes strings to corrode and rust which will result in a dull playing tone. After playing, always store your guitar in its case to avoid damage.

Amplifiers are capable of outputting sound levels that can damage hearing. We recommend keeping volume at low levels and using hearing protection. Never turn the amp on or off whilst wearing headphones, and always gradually turn up the volume from zero to find a comfortable playing level.

Take care when coiling your jack lead, never tie it in a knot as this will reduce the life of the lead.

Always turn off your amplifier when it is not being used.

Periodic Maintenance

Inevitably guitar strings eventually break and will need replacing. Some shops will sell individual strings whereas others will only sell full sets. String replacement is something that your tutor should be able to show you, however numerous tutorials can be found online. Many shops will also offer a restringing service for a small fee.


The hirer is responsible for any loss or damage to the instrument and as a result we recommend taking out insurance. You may be able to insure the instrument under your household policy, alternatively there are many companies specialising in musical instrument insurance.

Damage and Repairs

In the unfortunate event that your instrument is damaged, Essex Music Services should be consulted to seek approval and advice before any repairs are undertaken. The hirer is responsible for any costs incurred to repair the instrument through a result of misuse, accident or neglect. We may either ask to receive the instrument back whilst it is repaired, or alternatively we may be able to recommend a repairer for you to take the instrument to.

Returning your Instrument

Instruments may be returned either by leaving with your school’s reception, or returning in person to us at county hall.
If returning through your school, please notify us once the instrument has been left with reception. If returning in person to county hall, please call or email us to arrange a time beforehand.

Please ensure the instrument is clean and that all accessories that came with the instrument are present to avoid any charges. If any accessories are missing we encourage you to purchase these yourself before returning the instrument.

Electric guitars are provided with the following accessories:-

Jack Lead – £5

Lessons and Ensembles

EMS Provide quality music tuition and ensembles to schools and colleges throughout Essex, covering all major orchestral and band instruments and musical styles. Playing or singing together with other people (ensemble) is one of the most exciting and enjoyable musical experiences. We provide a whole range of opportunities for young people of all ages and abilities, covering almost all instruments and voice. Many of our groups offer students the chance to tour in the UK and abroad!

If you’ve never played or sung in a group before, one of our workshops would be a great way to get started. In collaboration with our partners, we offer regular workshops in singing , jazz , strings, wind, brass, guitar, percussion and rock.

If you’re a bit more experienced you could join one of our groups that meet regularly, either monthly or in the school holidays.

Monthly Groups

Essex Youth Jazz Orchestras

Essex Youth String Orchestras

Essex Youth Brass Ensemble

Essex Youth Percussion School

Holiday Groups – For most experienced players

Essex Youth Orchestra

Essex Youth Chamber Orchestra

Essex Young People’s Orchestra

Essex Youth Symphonic Wind Orchestra.