Training providers

Sage Gateshead

+44 (0)191 443 4661

Sage Gateshead, Saint Mary's Square, Gateshead, United Kingdom

Royal Northern Sinfonia

Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead, is the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra and the leading professional orchestra in the North East.

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Sage Gateshead offers a wide choice of courses and workshops for the community, young people and schools.

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Schools and Early Years Join in with Music

If you work with children and young people, we have something to support your curriculum and enrich your music culture. Our wide range of activities are delivered in schools and settings across the region as well as at Sage Gateshead and are available for all ages, abilities and Key Stages.

If you are interested in a one-off experience or a long-term partnership, we can help you get the very most from music.

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North-East England

Sage Gateshead is an international home for music and musical discovery, bringing about a widespread and long-term enrichment of the musical life of the North East of England.

Our inclusive approach enables all our performance, learning and participation programmes to be constantly inspired and supported by each other.

North Music Trust

Sage Gateshead and all aspects of its work regionally, nationally and internationally are managed and programmed by North Music Trust. Our unique management structure ensures that all aspects of our artistic programme – performance, learning and participation – are closely linked with each other.

Our team work to this Mission:

  • To entertain, involve and inspire each and every person we meet through engagement with outstanding music and creative events.

With the following Values:

  • We value all kinds of music equally, and are committed to including, inspiring and encouraging everyone through our programmes of performance and participation, learning and training;
  • We are passionate about offering the best experience for all who work and play here, together building an invigorating, inspirational environment
  • We aspire to be pioneers at the forefront of innovation and excellence, enthusiastically embracing new work, new trends and new thinking
  • We aim for the greatest possible inclusion in the way we build meaningful relationships through shared experiences and creative journeys
  • We are proud to use our national and international positioning to create new social, creative and economic opportunities for our region and for the communities we exist to serve

Jolly Music

+44 (0)20 8501 0405

Tailours House, High Road, Chigwell IG7 6DL, United Kingdom

The Music Handbooks
Provide teachers with step-by-step lesson plans and accompanying CD’s for teaching music skills to a class.

The Music Handbook Beginners
A complete resource for teaching music skills in a fun and effective way.

The Music Handbook Level 1
A complete resource for teaching music skills in a fun and effective way. Follows on from Beginners level.

The Music Handbook Level 2
A complete resource for teaching music skills in a fun and effective way. Follows on from Level 1.

The Music Handbook Level 3
A complete resource for teaching music skills in a fun and effective way. Follows on from Level 2.

Jolly Music Big Books
These full-colour big books, with integral fold-out stand, are suitable for whole class singing. The ideal accompaniment to the Music Handbooks.

Jolly Music Big Book Beginners
The perfect accompaniment to The Music Handbook Beginners, containing the complete collection of 5 rhymes and 24 songs in a large easy-to-read format.

Jolly Music Big Book Level 1
The perfect accompaniment to The Music Handbook, Level 1, containing the complete collection of 7 rhymes and 29 songs in a large easy-to-read format.

Jolly Music Big Book Level 2
The perfect accompaniment to The Music Handbook, Level 2, containing the complete collection of 4 rhymes and 25 songs in a easy-to-read format.

Jolly Music Big Book Level 3
 The perfect accompaniment to The Music Handbook, Level 3, containing the complete collection of 4 rhymes and 25 songs in a easy-to-read format.

South-East England

Teach music in school with Jolly Music

Get your class singing!

Jolly Music has been developed so that any primary/elementary teacher, whether they are a musician or non-specialist, can effectively teach music to schoolchildren and help them learn to love music! The carefully developed primary/elementary music resources offer clear step-by-step guides to singing lessons, accompanying Audio CDs for additional teaching support, and illustrated Big Books with song lyrics, giving teachers the confidence to teach music in an effective and enjoyable way.

Teach music skills in a fun & effective way with Jolly Music!

Jolly Music is based on the tried and tested principles of Hungarian composer and music educator, Zoltán Kodály. Using this philosophy, Cyrilla Rowsell and David Vinden, both experienced practitioners and teachers of the Kodály method, have developed the Jolly Music programme.

Jolly Music is a structured and progressive programme for teaching music skills to children. It is a multi-sensory programme, with all the teaching done through singing. This approach enables children to become instant music makers without the need to learn how to play an instrument.

How does Jolly Music work?

Through a repertoire based on playground rhymes and songs, children become aware of musical elements including pulse, rhythm, pitch, loudness and speed. Activities and musical games support multi-sensory learning and make the lessons fun. The singing lessons are carefully structured to build the key musical skills of listening, singing in tune, inner hearing, and ultimately reading and writing music. Taught in this way, classroom music will build children’s motivation, enthusiasm and confidence, and lay the foundation for a lifetime of enjoyment.

Wren Music

+44 (0)183 753 754

Ebenezer Hall, North Street, Okehampton, United Kingdom

South-West England

Wren Music is a company of skilled, experienced and highly qualified professional musicians of international repute. In addition to their artistic talent, they bring the qualities required by skilled educationalists.

These include strong people skills and innovative teaching practices as well as a passionate commitment to working creatively with individuals and communities.

Wren enables thousands of people every year to participate with music using voice or instruments through traditional and folk music. We have over 30 years’ experience in community music and can offer ‘off the shelf’ workshops or build projects around your needs.

Wren is deeply rooted in local communities as well as having a national and international reach, working in partnership with traditional artists from all over the world. Wren runs events and concerts all across Devon with many opportunities to get involved as well as to listen.

Yamaha Music Europe GmbH (UK)

+44 (0)844 811 1116 (UK) / 01526 2449 (Republic of Ireland)

Sherbourne Drive, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

• Training of Music School Teachers

• Yamaha Music Schools

Primary Businesses of Yamaha Music Europe GmbH (UK)

• Musical instruments (Pianos, Digital musical instruments, Wind, String and percussion instruments, Guitars and Drums, Educational musical instruments, Professional audio equipment, Music Schools and Music Education)

• Audio & Video

• Educational Development

• Instrumental and sheet music retail through Yamaha Music London

• Research and development through our R&D centre in Chiswick

Primary Activities of Yamaha Music Europe GmbH (UK):

• Junior Original Concert

• Training of Music School Teachers

• Participating in the YMFE-Scholarship Program

• Yamaha Music Schools

• Jazz Scholarship Awards

• Yamaha Jazz Experience

• YES Magazine (Yamaha Educational Supplement)

• Childine Rocks

• Yamaha Artiste Programme

• Yamaha Download

• Participating in the YMFE-Scholarship Program

• Jazz Scholarship Awards

• Yamaha Artiste Programme

Yamaha’s history began when its founder, Torakusu Yamaha, repaired a broken reed organ in 1887. Shortly thereafter, he successfully completed the first reed organ to be built in Japan.

Since then, Yamaha has continued to produce high-quality products by blending traditional craftsmanship with advanced digital technology. The quality of sound produced by a Yamaha musical instrument reflects the long years of accumulated technical expertise and the skilled craftsmanship of the Company.

With our unique expertise and sensibilities, gained from our devotion to sound and music, the Group is committed to creating excitement and cultural inspiration together with people around the world.

Sing Up

+44 (0)20 7908 5148

74-77 Great Russell Street, London, United Kingdom

Sing Up places singing at the heart of education by providing a complete singing package through a digital music platform, termly magazine and training.

With over ten years’ experience at the forefront of music education, Sing Up has created Membership packages that are flexible and well-loved by teachers and vocal leaders across the world. Whether you are a teacher, a freelance music educator, a music service or a music education hub, Sing Up will enable you to cultivate strong communities and healthy, happy and confident students.

Membership includes access to over 850 fantastic songs, from pop to classical, arranged to promote good vocal health in young voices. The resources are designed to help you use singing for cross-curricular learning in the classroom or to act as a complete foundation for musical learning across the school, with Early Years to age 18 and beyond.

Sound Connections

+44 (0)20 7729 7220

Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA, United Kingdom


Sound Connections develops, enables and empowers individuals and organisations to deliver high-quality music-making with children and young people across London.

We achieve this through three interconnected strands of activity:

  • Music programmes and projects: We are uniquely placed to manage meaningful partnerships and programmes providing music-making activities for 0-24-year-olds across London. In partnership, we provide music-making, mentoring and work experience opportunities to develop young people and improve their opportunities in life. We also bring young people into decision-making, enabling them to engage and contribute more fully to the debate around their provision.
  • Information and training: We provide a wide range of courses, bespoke advice and support to those delivering and managing activity to ensure higher quality music provision for young people. We also offer extensive information on job roles and work within the sector and signpost to a broad range of training and networking provision.
  • Research and development: By using the knowledge and evidence gathered from our activities, training programmes and relationships with over 2,500 members and regional and national decision-makers, we continue to inform and improve the music education sector.

Community Music (CM)

+44 (0)20 7377 0621

Brady Arts & Community Centre, 192-196 Hanbury St, London E1 5HU, UK


Community Music (CM) is a youth and community music organisation that provides creative music making opportunities for people of all backgrounds.

We do this through a diverse and exciting programme of courses, live gigs, informal training and events, including degree level music production and business training, free instrumental tuition, career development and support packages, music leader training courses and a whole host of live events from small intimate gigs in our purpose built theatre to hosting our own stage at the Underage Festival. All of our programme is either free or very low cost to the user.

Our experience, diverse team and industry standard facilities mean that we are able to work directly within the local community, running grass roots projects and delivering tailor-made training and support on a one to one and group level, whilst also offering our programme on a national and international basis.

We work with children, young people and adults aged 13 years and up. We aim to provide a safe, welcoming space where young people and adults can explore the music making opportunities available to them, try new things and develop a passion for music.

All our tutors and leaders are professional musicians or producers currently working in the music industry. We train all our music leaders in house and all our tutors are fully qualified and highly experienced.

We work in partnership with a host of local and national companies, institutions and professionals to ensure our provision is of the highest quality. Our partners include the University of Westminster, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service, Eat Your Own Ears and Futureversity to name but a few.


Music Education UK

The British Voice Association

+44 (0)300 123 2773

330 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8EE, UK

The British Voice Association (BVA) is the ‘voice for voice’ in the UK, an association of multi-disciplinary professionals who work to promote the field of voice in its broadest sense.

Our remit is the encouragement of a healthy voice, vocal skills and communication in such areas as the performing arts, business and industry, medicine and education.


Music Education UK


+44 (0)131 290 2560

1 Summerhall Place, Edinburgh EH9 1PL, United Kingdom

Starcatchers is Scotland’s National Arts and Early Years organisation; specialising in creating performances and exploring creative activity for babies, toddlers and young children aged 0-5 and the adults who care for them.

We believe that young children have the right to access innovative, inspirational, high-quality and age-appropriate theatrical and creative experiences.  Working with specialist artists, we produce beautiful and inspiring performances for very young children aged 0-5, which tour to venues and communities across Scotland and internationally.

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The Stables

+44 1908 280814

Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes MK17 8LU, United Kingdom

Wavendon Allmusic Plan Ltd (WAP) is a registered charity, founded in 1969 by the world-renowned jazz musicians Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine.

It has a vision to engage the widest range of people with music in all its diversity.

Sir John and Dame Cleo began the realisation of that vision with the development of The Stables Theatre in converted outbuildings at their home, presenting concerts and education activities. In October 2000, the new Stables Theatre opened its doors, with a second phase of development opening in 2007.  It is now home to The Jim Marshall Auditorium with 438 capacity (398 seated and 40 standing) and the smaller Stage 2 (80 seated and 20 standing or 100 standing) and presents around 350 concerts and 250 education sessions each year.

Julian Joseph Jazz Academy

+44 (0)20 8882 8825

22 Aldermans Hill, London, United Kingdom

The Julian Joseph Jazz Academy (JJJA) is a weekly Academy under the artistic direction of internationally renowned jazz pianist and composer Julian Joseph, offering talented young instrumentalists and vocalists an amazing opportunity to work with some of the world’s top jazz musicians to develop their creative talents and performance skills, through exploring the American roots of Jazz.

Entry to The Academy and to JJJA Essentials is by audition. Auditions take place in September and throughout the academic year.

The Academy also operates a JJJA Essentials course for students who demonstrate during audition that they have the potential to succeed at JJJA, but need additional nurturing before they are ready for the full programme.

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Lime Music for Health

Manchester, United Kingdom

North-West England

The Music for Health team has been delivering music across Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust (CMFT) since 2009.

The work so far has included:

  • the delivery of specialist musical activity in the wards and at the bedsides of patients (this work is delivered by highly skilled Music for Health practitioners trained by Music for Health Specialists)
  • Music for Health training for RNCM students and CMFT staff
  • commissioned training for professional and voluntary musicians and healthcare students (from Manchester and Salford Universities)
  • European partnership projects with France, Ireland, Poland and Finland and presentations at a number of conferences
Music Generation Westport Children's Choir in rehearsals for 'A Nation's Voice' © Clodagh Kilcoyne / Arts Council

Music Generation

+353 1 475 8454

NCH Building, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin, Ireland

Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, Music Generation, transforms the lives of children and young people through access to high-quality performance music education, comprising vocal and instrumental tuition – encompassing all musical genres and all types of instruments and vocal styles – delivered by skilled professional musicians.  

Initiated by Music Network, Music Generation is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and local Music Education Partnerships.

Header photo: Music Generation Westport Children’s Choir in rehearsals for A Nation’s Voice © Clodagh Kilcoyne / Arts Council

Musical Futures

Musical Futures

+44 (0)207 205 2513

Musical Futures supports primary and secondary schools to transform their music teaching.

They share the learning systems, professional development, tools and support needed to embrace an ethos of innovative, inspirational and informal music learning in the classroom and in the community.

Musical Futures is a tried-and-tested yet innovative approach to music learning, based on a pedagogy that is driven by the musical culture of the participants. 200,000+ young people benefit from Musical Futures every year.

It brings real-world music learning processes into schools and other formal settings, engaging and inspiring all and promoting inclusion and diversity.

Musical Futures has developed into a national and international network of more than 2,000 teachers and practitioners adapting the approaches in the UK and overseas.

They are exploring new partnerships to develop our successful, tried-and-tested approaches for a range of in- and out-of-school settings, using the power of creating music to affect individual and social change.

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Young Choral Academy

+6014 624 2733

114a Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi Taman Tun Dr Ismail 60000 Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

The Young Choral Academy (YCA), is Malaysia’s first and premier Academy for choral music.

Founded in 2007 by Susanna Saw and Chow Wei Heng, YCA is a non-profit organisation aims to create and produce more exchange programmes with other international choirs and provide a training platform to those interested to work with children and school choirs, as well as to encourage the formation and management of choral ensembles and other performing groups. The Academy prepares choirs for international festivals, competitions, workshops and is a training centre for music teachers based on the Kodaly Method.

Another aspect of their work is the commission and publication of choral works and arrangements from Malaysian composers, giving a platform for Malaysian choral music to be heard on a wider scale.

The Clore Leadership Programme

+44 (0)20 7420 9430

Somerset House, Strand, London, United Kingdom


Initiated by the Clore Duffield Foundation, and sustained by the Foundation’s generous support, the Programme is the UK’s first cross-disciplinary leadership programme for the cultural and creative sector.

It was established as an independent organisation in 2004. Inspired by the vision of its Founding Director Chris Smith, the Programme focused initially on the Fellowship Programme, aimed at shaping creative leaders through in-depth learning, and tailored as far as possible to the needs, aspirations, and circumstances of between 20 and 30 individuals a year.

The structure of the Fellowship programme is based on recommendations which was made to the Clore Duffield Foundation by John Holden and Robert Hewison, (see HERE for their report, or HERE for an Executive Summary) and includes workshops and residential courses, an extended placement, individually-selected training, mentoring and coaching.

Since it was first established, the Clore programme has been a pioneer in leadership development, a source of expert advice and an inspirational example for other initiatives in the UK and beyond, including the Clore Social Leadership Programme.

Developments in the Programme since 2004 have included:

  • Intensive fortnight-long residential Short Courses
  • A Board Development programme, to strengthen governance in the cultural sector
  • The extension of the Fellowships to international participants
  • One and two-day follow-up courses (Clore Plus)
  • An association with the University of Hong Kong to create Asia’s first Advanced Cultural Leadership Programme
  • One-week courses for Emerging Leaders
  • The creation of consortia of large-scale national cultural organisations, to support the Fellowship programme
  • The introduction of leadership development days, run in partnership with other organisations
Future DJs

Future DJs

+44 (0)20 8242 1674

91 Princess Street, Manchester M1 4HT, United Kingdom

Peripatetic Tutoring

Our peripatetic programme of study sees students achieve skills in both DJing and music production through our 12 module course. This is delivered on a weekly basis by one of our fully DBS screened professional DJ tutors.

Pop Up Roadshow

Our 'Pop Up’ Roadshow is highly engaging for students and creates unparalleled demand for further learning. We will attend your school and deliver a ’suprise' professional DJ performance for your students within the lunch break. Students can then register their interest in joining our peripatetic programme and teachers can gauge the levels of interest from students who wish to learn how to DJ and produce electronic music.

DJ & Music Production Workshops

Our DJ & music production workshops are available for small to large groups of students interested in becoming a FutureDJ.

Inspirational Talks

Our inspirational talks are delivered to students by artists, record label owners and industry specialists working in music today.

North-West England

We are an education focused agency offering fully DBS screened highly qualified DJ & music production tutors to Key Stage 3 & 4 students.

In line with the new AQA GCSE specifications which allow the use of DJ equipment in performances and ensembles, students can take advantage of our programme of study on a weekly peripatetic basis, learning industry-standard skills in both DJing and music production.

 For schools

All of the schools we work with enjoy our services, delivered by professionals whilst remaining affordable. Our tutors are fully DBS screened and successful DJs and music producers in their own right. We have fantastic lease options for the best and latest equipment for DJing, music production and a range of PA systems. By bringing along our roadshow to your playground within the lunch hour, your students can enjoy a new experience and have the opportunity to register their interest in taking up our lessons. Visit the Future DJs website to find out more.

For students

Becoming a DJ is now not only realistic but you can develop the skills of DJing and creating your own electronic music within school time. By enjoying our weekly programme of study you can very soon be creating your own music or DJing with all of your favourite songs on the latest and best DJ equipment. Visit the Future DJs website to find out more.

For tutors

We are always looking for professional DJs to come on board as FutureDJs tutors. If you are successful in joining the team you will enjoy the opportunity to work in schools local to you with flexible hours and a fantastic rate of pay. All of the schools offering our services to their pupils have been equipped with the latest Pioneer DJ equipment. Please fill out our application form if you would like to inspire the next generation in your area, building their confidence whilst they acquire new skills. Visit the Future DJs website to find out more.

Music Education UK


+44 (0)19 0454 3382

Clements Hall, Nunthorpe Road, York YO23 1BW, United Kingdom

Yorkshire and Humberside

We run music projects for 0-19-year-olds living in North Yorkshire, working with professional musicians to help children and young people develop new musical and personal skills, explore their creativity and build their confidence.

Working with brilliant partners like Live Music Now, Harrogate International Festivals, Connecting Youth Culture, Accessible Arts & Media, Musicport, Dales Jam, Skipton Extended Learning for All and Skipton Camerata, our projects cover a wide range of genres from pop and rock to jazz, world, classical and folk.

British Kodály Academy

+44 (0)24 7641 1269

London, United Kingdom


The British Kodály Academy is a registered charity working to promote the advancement of British music education, following the teachings of the composer and educator, Zoltán Kodály.

Kodály training develops musicianship through singing. The student engages in the most direct of musical responses without the technical demands of an instrument. This practical approach combined with a clear progression from the simple to the complex facilitates the development of excellent musicianship skills such as sight singing and keen pitch discrimination as well as high levels of musical literacy. Kodály training is suitable for all ages and stages and can be applied to all kinds of music from classical to world music and jazz.

The BKA runs courses for all adults. There are residential courses, day courses and fully accredited certification courses. We welcome specialist and non-specialist music teachers in all settings, whether working with children or adults, including Early Years, instrumental teachers and choir directors. We also welcome anyone wanting to develop their own singing, musicianship and, where applicable, conducting skills. All courses offer an opportunity to view and purchase a wide range of books and resources to support learning and teaching at all stages.

The BKA is a not-for-profit organisation which relies mainly on the subscriptions of its members. Run by a dedicated team of trustees and officers, the BKA is proud of its distinguished patrons and its affiliation to the International Kodály Society (IKS) and welcomes links with other like-minded people and organisations sympathetic to its aims.

Membership is open to all.

Asian drummers

Drums for Schools

0800 1577 686

21 Shaftesbury Avenue, Burton Joyce NG14 5GL, United Kingdom

East Midlands

Drums for Schools are different: we’re motivated to make music, not money and we’re passionate about making music-making accessible to everyone.

This means making it easy for players of any ability to get involved, providing support for players and teachers and making it all affordable. It also means Fair Trade, sustainable and recycled materials and brilliant customer service.

Our musical instruments and collections have been tried and tested in hundreds of schools and nurseries in the UK and overseas and all are inclusive, SEN-friendly and fully guaranteed.

We’ve an award-winning range for the Early Years and our acclaimed primary and secondary Class Instrumental Teaching Packs enable both music teachers and non-specialists to satisfy National Music Plan and National Curriculum requirements and make an immediate and long-lasting impact in the classroom and after school.