Virtual Academy

Virtual Academy Music Lessons

The BPM Virtual Academy was set up in response to the Coronavirus outbreak to give our existing pupils continuing access to instrumental tuition. Due to it’s popular demand, online instrumental lessons will continue to be available to pupils. Details of how to enrol will be uploaded on this page as soon as registration opens in September.

Virtual Academy lesson costs

Lesson Format Cost per double term
Individual 30 minute lessons £198.00 (for 11 lessons, payable in advance per double term)
Individual 20 minute lessons £132.00 (for 11 lessons, payable in advance per double term)
Individual 30 minute lessons for ‘endangered species’,
eg. French Horn, Double Bass, Oboe or Bassoon
£99.00 (for 11 lessons, payable in advance per double term)

We are very excited to announce that registration is now open for the Hope Creative and Flow Creative Online One to One sessions.

Flow Creative and Hope Creative Online offers an online music programme for disabled young people (age 11-25) and children in care (age 6-18) in Bristol. It has been set up in response to the Coronavirus outbreak to give our existing and new participants continuing access to music making opportunities.

We are currently able to offer online one to one music sessions free of charge.

If you already attend Flow Creative or Hope Creative we will do our best to pair you with one of your regular tutors. If for any reason this is not possible, we will match you with an alternative tutor with similar skills and experience. All our tutors are qualified, highly experienced and DBS checked.

Flow and Hope Creative Online One to One Lessons 

Our online lessons are tailored to meet the specific needs and interests of each young person, so we will arrange a phone call with you before matching you with a tutor. You do not need to choose a specific instrument, although you are welcome to do so if you wish to, and you are not required to have specific musical equipment at home. Lessons could be creative and exploratory, or focus on developing skills, or a combination!

Online Lessons are held between 9am and 7pm, Monday – Saturday. You will be booked a slot of one hour, and you can agree with your tutor the length of time within this that works for your child. Lessons are booked per double term.

To find out about enrolment eligibility, or if you have any questions, please email 

Are Online Lessons good quality? 
Online lessons will never replace ‘in person’ lessons with regards to interaction. However, since running these online sessions we have found that many of the young people we have been working with have really progressed not just musically but also in confidence too. We can discuss with you how to make this format work for the needs of your child.

Quality Assurance 
Occasional lessons will be joined and observed by a member of the BPM team for quality monitoring and safeguarding purposes. A child’s social worker will also have the opportunity to attend any sessions should they wish to.

How does it work? 
Online lessons will be delivered on Microsoft Teams or Zoom, depending on your preference and needs.
Once you have registered for your lessons you will be sent a ‘How to Guide’ for Parents/Carers, explaining how your tutor will schedule the lessons.
There is no additional cost to using Microsoft Teams or Zoom for Online Lessons.

What do you need? 
To join the Flow Creative and Hope Creative Online you will need the following:

  • Access to the internet with either a good Wi-Fi connection or a wired ethernet connection.
  • A minimum internet speed of 8 Mbps download / 1.5 Mbps upload. You can test your internet speed here.
  • A computer/laptop or tablet (iPad, Galaxy Tab etc) with a built-in camera or webcam with microphone for audio/visual. It is possible to use a smart phone but we don’t recommend it.

Join Flow Creative and Hope Creative Online

Please email: to register your interest. Please specify whether you are interested in joining Flow Creative (lessons for young disabled musicians) or Hope Creative (lessons for young people in care).

After we have received your register of interest, one of our team will contact you to arrange the best way to move forward.

Please check our Terms and Conditions and Code of Conduct before commencing lessons.

Virtual Academy Terms and Conditions for Parents Oct 2020

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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