Bristol Musical Schools

We know that music is a powerful tool when placed at the heart of schools – that’s true now more than ever.

We believe that engagement with music is the key to well-being, personal and academic achievement and fostering a positive relationship with the world.

Being a Bristol Musical School means you will have the resources and tools you need to bring music to life in your school.  Whether you are already a musical school or just starting out on the journey, the Bristol Musical Schools membership aims to support all schools in the city to achieve musical excellence.

Our award-winning programme supports schools through a range of high-quality curriculum resources, enrichment activities and teacher training opportunities. We work closely with Department for Education, Ofsted, Arts Council England and industry organisations across the music education sector to make sure we are at the cutting edge of best practice in musical teaching and learning. Our experienced and knowledgeable team are here to support music in your school.

Further highlights and booking information for the membership packages are outlined below.

For Primary Schools   

Download the full offer for Primary Schools hereBristol Musical Schools – Primary

Once you’ve had a chance to consider which Membership plan is most appropriate for your school, please submit your application on the Bristol Musical Schools Application – Primary

Instrumental lessons

We can now offer direct billing to parents and/or timetabling of lessons. This means no more chasing parents!  If you’re happy to continue managing music lessons in your school choose Membership A.  If you would like us to do this for you choose Membership B or C.

  • Membership A – Book instrumental lessons on the Music Tuition Booking Form 2020-21
  • Memberships B&C – We will send you details of this and registration will open to parents in September.

Whole Class Ensemble Tuition

This now includes Fast4Music and available to all your year groups and bookable for the whole year.  Instrument lending, cleaning and delivery are all included.

Please book via the WCET booking form 2020-21

Start with Singing

Schools participating in this programme will be contacted individually.  Please be reminded that we will be delivering the programme to your Year 2 and Year 3 classes and as with all other tuition we plan to start w/b 28 September, subject to your school’s situation.

For Secondary Schools

See the full offer for Secondary schools below, here we outline how we will be providing music education for the academic year 2020-21 and the investment we are able to make available to all secondary schools.

Download the full offer for Secondary Schools hereBristol Musical Schools – Secondary

Once you’ve had a chance to consider which Membership plan is most appropriate for your school, please submit your application on the Bristol Musical Schools Application – Secondary

The way we have organised the programme for Secondary Schools is through a membership:

  • The membership will buy your school over £1,500 of investment. This includes £900 to spend on whatever music education activities the school requires, such as instruments or teacher time for ensembles or clubs.
  • It also buys the school the leading online music education software, Focus on Sound PRO, which gives every pupil and up to 7 teachers a licence.
  • In addition, it brings the new updated Paritor system, enabling us to manage the administration and billing of music lessons effectively for the school.
  • We will also provide free music lessons and instruments for children in care and children with SEND.

We hope that by presenting the music education offer in this way we aim to make it easy for schools to make a commitment to music and to give every child the opportunity to engage in music either through enrichment activities or through the curriculum. Should a school receive an Ofsted ‘deep dive in music’ we know that these elements will be taken into account.

If you have any queries or need further advice please contact Chris Green, Education Programme Manager on

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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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