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Colwell Arts Centre is now open 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.

Benefits of making music in a group


Being a member of a music groups is great fun, and helps you get even better as a musician.

Learning an instrument in school or privately is one thing, but the skills a musician gains from making music in a group are an important part of their progression – in music, and as people.

They benefit from …

  • Memorable musical experiences – regular weekly rehearsals, concerts and other opportunities like masterclasses and workshops
  • Making new friends - the important sense of belonging that a music group can impart has even been proven in research as being good for wellbeing
  • Developing their instrumental and musical skills - including sight-reading and training their ears, and exposing them to a variety of instruments and even styles, making them more aware and flexible musicians  
  • Developing their confidence and skills in performing in front of others, leading to greater self-esteem
  • Learning from each other - evaluating each other's performance and providing positive feedback  
  • Motivation - seeing other people make music provides motivation and encourages musician to try new things; there's also less pressure than in a 1-1 lesson so students may relax and enjoy making music more
  • Developing their skills in team work and co-operation, listening, concentration, and much more

Making music can also raise young people’s aspirations and achievements at school, and provide wider personal and life skills and benefits, not least skills for learning.

Photographs: Malcolm Pollock freelance photographer

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