Music for Life

Music, like language, is a fundamental part of human existence and of the societies in which we live. The opportunity to learn to play an instrument enables children to participate in an activity which many will find to be one of the most formative experiences they have as they grow up, developing an interest and a skill which opens up so many possibilities now and in later life. A bonus is that involvement in music has been shown to have a positive effect on other aspects of development—social skills, language, physical coordination and emotional development.

Why Choose Music for Life?

Music for Life offers children something special. We work in partnership with over 100 music tutors who visit 130 schools teaching 4,000 children each week from complete beginners to some of the most accomplished young musicians in the UK. Two national independent reviews of school music services rated Music for Life an “outstandingly effective service” offering parents and schools “outstanding value”.

Instrumental lessons take place during the school day, convenient for parents and meaning students become part of a wider community of young musicians in school, avoiding the isolation that can be felt when learning at home. Thousands of students take part in our extra curricular activities—workshop days, concerts and groups, with many taking Associated Board exams. All tutors are DBS checked, and to work with Music for Life, tutors must be first class musicians and are required to meet professional performance standards.

Instruments Offered

Lessons may be available on guitar, piano, keyboard and violin (usually suitable for Year 2 or above) cello, clarinet, saxophone, flute, cornet, trombone, trumpet and euphonium (usually suitable for Year 4 or above) bass guitar, drums and singing (usually only available at secondary school). If we are unable to provide lessons on your first choice, we will contact you with the possibility of offering lessons on a second choice if you specify one.

Course Fees

Specialist teaching of a musical instrument falls outside the National Curriculum, so there is a charge for lessons. This varies as some schools provide a subsidy, but up to date details of course fees for your school appear on our booking form here. Music for Life offers the facility to set up a monthly subscription which makes paying for music lessons so much easier! Support with fees is available, so please get in touch for details if you are in receipt of Income Support.

Book Lessons

Lessons can be booked online at www.musicforlife.org.uk where you will find much more information and a simple online booking form where you can make payment in full or set up a monthly subscription via our secure booking portal. The course length will be set automatically according to the time of year you book and how many lessons we would expect to provide during the remainder of the school year, but all new courses are only committed to the 12 week “taster” period. After that, you may choose to try another instrument, cancel remaining lessons, or join the 95% of children who decide to continue with their course! Alternatively, please email admin@musicforlife.org.uk and we will get back to you.