We are delighted to be able to partially reopen Colwell Arts Centre from the 26th April 2021 on a strict appointment-only basis. To collect, return or exchange an instrument, please contact us at glosmusic@gloucestershire.gov.uk to make an appointment.


If you are a self employed teacher or school looking for support with regards to planning for the forthcoming academic year then please click here.

COVID-19 Instrument Hire Help

We understand at these difficult times that some families will be finding payment of these invoices challenging, especially where you might have significantly reduced incomes. We do not want to let money be a barrier to your child continuing to learn on the instrument they have chosen and we have made funding available to support this. Please click here to complete the COVID-19 Instrument Hire Help form and email to mark.medland@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Primary & Secondary

Free and low cost resources for music in schools



Listen up! music appraising tools for use with KS2 & 3 pupils, from Welsh Government (Oct 2014) with five for primary schools and five for secondary schools: article from the Guardian (2014)


Free folk resources from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS)

EFDSS education resource bank for English traditional folk song, music, dance, drama and other arts. Includes beginners guides, downloadable packs, audio and video, and jargon buster. Suitable for formal and informal settings from schools (including special schools) to community choirs.


 An approach to teaching and learning based on the real-world practices of popular and community musicians, making it relevant and engaging for young people. Musical Futures provides training, resources and an international community of practice for teachers to help them provide accessible music-making in their schools. Includes transition resources.


 Free music technology resources on the Youth Music Network: from music technology specialist Simon Glenister's blog


UK Ed Chat - music subject special, December 2013

Lots of useful information, resources, links, and conversations between music teachers in this subject special, December2013. Clickon the image below or visit UK Ed Chat - music subject special


Music Education Games on Pinterest

If you don't already use Pinterest, it's worth checking out - there are lots of resources for music educators. Here's just one - click on the image below or go to the Pinterest Music Education Games board

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