Centre Opening Times

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.

Music Resources and Links


Whilst we are unable to provide you with our normal music lessons, music centres, county music groups and events due to Government restrictions we are putting our efforts into providing you with some educational, fun, inspiring links to enable you to keep your music making going!  Keep coming back to this page to see what's new and don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for weekly updates.


Music Mark Website

Music Mark is a membership organisation, subject association and charity. Their membership consists of Music Education Services and Hubs, their teaching and support teams; schools; individuals; NYMOS; HE/FE bodies; Hub and Corporate Partners.  Gloucestershire Music and Make Music Gloucestershire hub partners are members, as are various schools in the county who are committed to high quality music provision.  They have put a dedicated page on their website that is pulling together all the National opportunities being made available to musicians, teachers, students and parents.  We've put the page link here rather than list the many individual links, as it is being updated regularly so it's best to go directly to the page for all the latest offers.  There are lots of wonderful resources and lots of freebies to make the most of during this time so please do click on the link.  It's well worth a look!  Enjoy!

(Applicable to all ages, settings and instruments)

Music Mark Resources Page


BBC Ten Pieces: At Home

Activities for primary schools, home educators and parents to share with their students. Each includes a Ten Pieces film to watch and enjoy and a linked creative activity that can be completed by children at home without any special materials or preparation. A perfect, simple and easy way to keep listening, enjoying and creating music at this time.

BBC Ten Pieces: At Home website


Calling All Young Brass Players!

Calling All Young Violinists!

Phil Storer, one of our Brass Tutors, has very kindly compiled some brass resources that are brilliant for KS2 players or those just starting out on their instrument.  You can play them on your own or make the most of the duet arrangements if you have anyone else to play along with.  You can access the pdf music below and the backing tracks to play along to are available through the soundcloud link.  There also so fun games included as well! Enjoy!

These duets are also available for violin. Have fun!

PDF KS2 Brass Resources

Brass Backing Tracks

PDF Violin Duets


Alexander Technique

Just think for a moment, what would your playing be like, or even more importantly, what would your life be like if you only used just as much effort as was necessary and no more. Our brass tutor Jenny Steele has put together an introduction to the Alexander Technique.


Charanga Music School CPD Programme

To support teachers and children Charanga are running over 40 CPD and training webinars in May. These are open to all staff and will help you to provide musical learning at home for your pupils, create your own lessons and also help you gain some ideas and skills for music teaching in the future using areas you may not be familiar with in Charanga. You will find links to the webinars, screencasts and videos to support you.

For more information contact Analie Hart analiehart@charanga.com

Charanga CPD


Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Hugh's Musical Walks

BSO Associate musician Hugh Nankivell is a popular figure across the South West where he and his accordion are known for bringing cheer to care homes, hospitals and schools.

Join Hugh on a musical ‘walk’ from the comfort of home as each 10-minute episode features tunes both old and new.

BSO: Hugh's Musical Walks


Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Young Explorers

Exciting content coming online on Monday 8 June as kids prepare to set sail on a musical voyage. A three-week series ‘BSO Young Explorers: Sea, Voyages & Hope’ workshops introduces children to making music as they learn to make their own works, take part in warm-up exercises, and rehearse two newly-commissioned nautical songs to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s pioneering voyage. The project culminates in a group (virtual!) performance of the two songs at the end of the summer term where you can be in a produced video where everyone is singing together! The workshops are designed to support the Key Stage 2 curriculum, but can be enjoyed by all ages. New sessions will be uploaded multiple times a week at 11am Monday 8 June – Friday 26 June (https://bsolive.com/press-releases/orchestra-launches-summer-activities-for-all-ages/).

BSO will also be releasing music education resource packs (also from Monday 8 June) which will help children aged 4-14 to deepen their love of music through a series of prepared activities designed to relieve the burden on teachers and parents during lockdown. Available to all, the activities include learning to make-your-own instrument, exploring pieces through videos performances and talks, curated playlists, and musical cross-curriculum exercises.


Musical Wordsearches

Keep your eyes peeled for instruments in these musical family wordsearches.

Musical Family Wordsearches


Summer Activities

Many music conservatoires and organisations are running music summer schools / workshops online this year. Here are just a few that we know of:


Royal Conservatoire of Scotland online summer schools: https://www.rcs.ac.uk/courses-a-z/short-courses/music/children-young-people/summer-schools/

Guildhall School – Online Short Courses: https://www.gsmd.ac.uk/youth_adult_learning/short_courses_summer_schools/online_short_courses/

Virtual Ingenium – online summer school: https://www.ingeniumacademy.com/virtual-ingenium

Benedetti Foundation – workshops for string players of all ages and teachers: https://www.benedettifoundation.org/home-mini-sessions


Self-employed teachers and schools looking for advice


Please refer to our guidance on the Make Music Gloucestershire website here.


Choir Leaders - Great 'one-stop shop' for advice, resources and networking

MDBrunch is a group that brings vocal leaders together to skills share, network, support each other and highlight the work that we do in our communities around us and the impact it has.

A small team of MDBrunch members have now set up Project Get Singing. This is a campaign which came about when the media were demonising singing as super spreaders of Covid-19. 

As MDs we need to get everyone singing again and importantly for all our choir members who are missing the social interaction of singing in a room together.  Extensive research has proven that singing is directly beneficial to people's health and well-being and the feedback we have had from MDs says exactly that.

So the direction the campaign is moving in, in light of current circumstances, was to celebrate our MDs through our #12Daysof2020 campaign before Christmas and subsequent to the response, we are now supporting the nation through our #12twelve12 campaign, which launched on 1st Feb 2021.

This is 12 expert and varied MDs posting a 20 minute teach (one video per week)  in different styles, that nationwide music leaders can drop into their  choir's online session to invigorate both choir members and MDs by having a different teaching voice and face.

This is a free resource, posted on our YouTube channel "MDBrunch" (please subscribe) for MDs to pick and choose from the 12, at their leisure and it's #OnTheHouse.

Visit the website www.mdbrunch.uk - which has all the info on #12twelve12 and more about Project Get Singing.

Project Get Singing is providing free content to ALL choir and vocal group leaders and teachers!!

Like, share and subscribe to our YouTube Channel and follow us on @ProjGetSinging

12 MDs, 12 Videos, 12 Weeks


Music Ed Tech Conference - Sponsored by Music First - 4th-5th May 2021


The Music Ed Tech Conference UK, hosted and sponsored by MusicFirst, offers two days of free professional development delivered by music education experts, covering topics including:


Audio Production



Student Assessment

Strategies for Teaching in a Remote- or Blended-Learning Environment

Listening & Theory Skills

This free virtual conference is open to all music teachers and features an incredible lineup of music educators from a wide variety of backgrounds, including Keynote Speaker Simon Toyne, President of the Music Teachers Association.

In addition to the professional development sessions, the conference also includes a Student Showcase, a compilation of original student compositions. This is intended to provide inspiration and serve as a testament to  student achievement, even during the most trying of times.



New Free Brass Resource - Foden's Band

Foden's Band have recently produced a series of fifteen pieces graded (approximately) Grades 1-5 which can be performed with video accompaniment.  The pieces have all been written by members of the band and the videos (and download links for the transposed solo parts) can be found by visiting:



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