Schools and Community

BPM delivers the National Plan for Music Education core and extension roles set out below to nearly every school in Bristol.

In addition we work with academy trusts and individual schools in a range of ways to create and deliver a more personalized range of curriculum and enrichment music programmes.

Schools sit at the heart of every community and music should be at the heart of every school. Ofsted state that 50% of music learning happens at school and 50% happens outside of school which is why we attach great importance to bringing community music, arts and heritage organizations in to schools to enrich the curriculum as part of Arts Council England’s cultural education challenge.

Core roles

  • Ensure that every child aged 5-18 has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument through whole-class ensemble teaching programmes for ideally a year.
  • Provide opportunities to play in ensembles and to perform from an early stage.
  • Ensure clear progression routes are available and affordable to all young people.
  • Develop a singing strategy to ensure that every pupil sings regularly and that choirs and other vocal ensembles are available in the area.

Extension roles

  • Offer CPD to school staff, particularly in supporting schools to deliver music in the curriculum.
  • Provide an instrument loan service, with discounts or free provision for those on low incomes
  • Provide access to large scale and/or high quality music experiences for pupils, working with professional musicians and/or venues. This may include undertaking work to publicise the opportunities available to schools, parents/carers and students.

More from Bristol Plays Music

We’re changing

On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon, and this means we’re changing too.

Bristol Plays Music is run by Bristol Music Trust, the charity that also runs the venue formerly known as Colston Hall. These two organisations will soon unite under one name: Bristol Beacon.

Click below to find out more about how we’re changing, watch our name announcement, and discover how we want everyone to share in the joy of live music.

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