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

How does/could your child benefit from music?

People want to learn an instrument (including voice) for all sorts of reasons, but mainly because they’re drawn to something they’ve seen or heard, and want to try it for themselves.

That’s a good enough reason. But if you are weighing up the pros (plenty) and cons (we can’t think of any!), then you may be interested to know that by making music, your daughter or son will ...

do better in school

It’s proven that people who learn an instrument perform better academically than their peers, and that it improves their skills in many subjects.

be happier and healthier

Making music on your own or with others is fun, it can be calming and soothing or inspiring and exciting, and it has been demonstrated that music improves personal wellbeing.

broaden their horizons

Making music is a creative process, and as such it opens up whole new ways of thinking about and experiencing the world around us – which has a knock on effect in many areas of life.

meet and connect with new people

If you join or form a music group, you’ll meet new people at venues, studios and the other places where you’ll go to rehearse, record or perform. You may also find it gives you something in common with people who otherwise you may not connect with.

enrich their life

Music gives us feelings and experiences that are like nothing else: it’s a powerful means of communicating, which is beyond words, and it enriches our lives and the lives of others.

learn many other skills that are useful in all areas of your life

Music can teach us team work and social skills, concentration and self-discipline, mental agility, co-ordination, memory, time management, learning skills, problem-solving, confidence and self-esteem and creativity.

may find their future in music ...

... as a musician, tutor, teacher, community musician, in one of the many associated occupations, or as an important part of your life outside of what you do for a living.

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