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 music tuition.

Due to it’s popular demand, online music lessons are now available to all pupils and we are accepting new registrations.

Click here to register for Virtual Academy

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)

If your child has already received funding from the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) and your school has agreed this can be used for music tuition, please ask your school to contact us with details of the bursary before you enrol. You should discuss this with your school before commencing the online enrolment process.

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.

Quality Assurance 
Occasional lessons will be joined and observed by a member of the BPM team for quality monitoring and safeguarding purposes. If you’re new to BPM, all our tutors are qualified, highly experienced and DBS checked.

How does it work? 
Online lessons will be delivered on Microsoft Teams. 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.

What do you need? 
To join the Virtual Academy 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 a microphone for audio/visual. It is possible to use a smart phone but we don’t recommend it.

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

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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