Links to Music Training and Colleges

The following links may help you find courses and colleges and other resources, to help you progress your music journey. If you know of other links that could be added to this list, please comment below.

Financial help to study can be found in Links to Funding Support for Individual Musicians.

More learning resources may be found from organisations listed in Links to Organisations Supporting Young People’s Music Education

A complete B Sharp music resource menu can be found in  Links to Progress your Music Interests and Journey.

Starting to learn

BBC’s Beginners tips for playing loads of different instruments and singing.

A very good document by the BBC with advice about what instrument might suit you, what to think about when buying instruments, where to get them, help with learning, looking after your voice and instruments etc. Also lots of links to online music magazines for different genres – roots, D’n’B, rock, jazz, world, classical etc.

What’s the best way for my child to learn music? An informative document by Youth Music that discusses various ways to learn music. Everyone is different and benefits from learning in different ways. The document covers one-to-one instrumental tuition and mentoring, group ensembles, workshops and ‘do it yourself’ techniques. The document also gives an insight into the benefits music gives in other areas such as language, academic and social development.
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One to one teaching

Many music shops can put you in contact with music teachers. The Music Industries Association (MIA) has a list of retail members that offer lessons. Search under the category ‘lessons’.

Various Find A Music Teacher websites listed by MIA.

Find a Local Music Teacher is a directory service for Independent Instrumental and Music Teachers throughout the UK.

Guitar teachers in th UK

Clarinet teachers in the UK

Oboe and Bassoon teachers Contacts through the British Double Reed Society.

Piano teachers in the UK and Eire

Musika a directory of music teachers of various instruments and voice in the USA. In your home, in a studio and online.

Online

Hotcourses directory of online Music Courses.

Dave Conservatoire Simple online theory lessons and exercises to help you discover how music works. Free.

Music Theory for Beginners A series of videos explaining the fundamentals of music theory and how to interpret music scores.

Glossary of Musical Terms Alphabetical list of musical terms in Wikipedia.

The Bulletproof Musician has lots of advice and techniques about increasing your confidence as a performer and combating stage fright etc.

Berklee College of Music Various free online courses for instruments, songwriting/arranging and music technology.

Children’s Music Workshop A USA based site with lots of online advice on buying instruments, playing/care/instruction for instruments and other resources. See index on the left side of the page. A good set of music links around the world.

The Tutor Pages have online blog guides for practice techniques, buying musical instruments, early years advice and more, aimed at students, parents and teachers.

The Open University Music Department allows you to study a wide variety of music courses at home and there are opportunities to meet fellow-students and tutors at face-to-face sessions, and to communicate by means of computer forums.

Listening to Music – a series of 23 video lectures from Yale University. Free.

Politics in Music – Podcasts by Prof. Courtney Brown, Yale, covering artists such a Bob Marley, Sting, Beethoven, Bob Dylan and topics such as nationalism, Country, Hip-Hop and more. Free.

Distance Learning: Music Technology courses.

Accreditation, Music Colleges and Universities:

Department of Education Music Curriclum has several documents relating to music education. Examples: Guidance for Key Stage 1, Key stage 2, Key stage 3 (see table of contents on left of page to see the range of information for key stage 3).

National Curriculum for England A new music curriculum comes into effect from September 2014. Documents from Incorporated Society of Musicians have a page of links here for Primary and Secondary music curriculum, an assessment and progression framework, how to prepare as a teacher, what Ofsted say and other good background documents.

Choosing a course – What course is good for you? Advice from JAMES – Joint Audio Media Education Support.

Student Guide to Music Education is a free download by Rhinegold Publishing (Music, the Arts & Education specialist) giving a complete guide to music higher education.

  • Universities & Conservatoires, UK & International
  • Advice to help you choose the right place to study
  • Full listings of professional development courses

UCAS (the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK) list all courses on offer in the UK that they process applications for. There are options for UK and EU nationals and options for international students. The reason for this is explained here. UCAS give advice about choosing courses.

Arts Award – a national framework which supports young people to develop as artists and arts leaders. Their news letter/magazine is Arts Award Voice. Twitter: @ArtsAward

Apprenticeships in the arts. Click here for Music Business and Live Events and Promotion

Access Courses to Higher Education providers in the South West offer courses that are designed to equip students who have few or no qualifications to gain the skills required to succeed when studying in Higher Education. In the academic year 2011-12, 126 Access courses were delivered across 37 different locations within the region.

Apprenticeships in Choral Conducting and courses for choral conducting, including the Young Conductors’ Programme.

Courses for audio recording & music production, live performance, music composition and audio post production for film & TV accredited by JAMES – Joint Audio Media Education Support. To find courses, click on Accreditation in the JAMES navigation bar and follow the drop down links. JAMES actively provides industry support for education and student careers advice.

List of Educational establishments that offer singing courses.

List of music schools in the UK and around the world.

List of UK music schools

List of Universities and colleges in the UK and other English-speaking countries – not just for music.

List of 446 Music Colleges, with all their courses in the UK, including online music courses (www.hotcourses.com)

List of music colleges, recommended by the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain. Lots of other links to music resources on this page – retailers, publishers, associations and where you can play clarinet or saxophone.

List of more than 1,200 music related courses in the UK compiled by the Music Publishers Association.

The Open University Music Department allows you to study a wide variety of music courses at home and there are opportunities to meet fellow-students and tutors at face-to-face sessions, and to communicate by means of computer forums.

Access To Music is the UK’s leading popular music college offering learning and employability for all ages of UK and international students. There are numerous centres around the UK.

The Academy of Contemporary Music delivers programmes for serious students looking to become music industry professionals. Our faculty includes lecturers that have performed and recorded alongside some of the biggest names in music and worked in every area of the industry.

Top 10 music schools for anyone who’s interested in studying contemporary/rock/pop music, the list on this blog is pretty useful.

Rock School is the leading accredited provider of rock exams worldwide. See Accredited Qualifications for various instruments. Twitter: @Rockschool

Young Classical Artists Trust Charity that identifies, nurtures, promotes and supports exceptional young artists who have the potential for international performing careers in Classical music. Artists selected by audition.

English Brass Academy offers learning and performance opportunities for brass and percussion players of all ages and abilities.

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama is one of the world’s leading conservatoires and drama schools, offering musicians, actors, stage managers and theatre technicians an inspiring environment in which to develop as artists and professionals. Twitter: @guildhallschool

The Royal College of Music is one of the world’s leading conservatoires. Founded in 1882, the RCM trains gifted musicians from all over the world. Twitter: @RCMLatest

Goldsmiths, University of London. Various Music degrees.

Falmouth University Numerous courses on Music and Events Management.

Music courses at London Met University

The Armstrong Learning Group provide high quality education, skills and employability provision across England and Northern Ireland using music, media and creative arts.

Benslow Music Trust From classical to jazz and pop – the whole musical spectrum is on offer at Benslow, with an all year programme of day and residential music courses and music summer schools.

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music provides student scholarships and is the best known practical music examining board.

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland International Opera Scholarships. A considerable number of Scholarships are awarded each year on the basis of competitive auditions with a special panel, which take place at the time of the main auditions.

Sound and Music summer school will give 14-18 year olds the opportunity to work with composers and musicians from a wide variety of musical traditions, from classical and jazz to world and new media.

Music Mark (the UK Association of Music Educators) provides Members with a variety of support and development opportunities via a diverse continuing professional development and training programme delivered within courses, seminars, conferences, symposia and other events. The courses aim to ensure that children have access to a music education delivered by effectively led, well informed and inspired music educators. They have a list of other course providers for music educators.

Musical instrument repair courses in the UK. Five colleges/centres listed, including online courses.

PLASA is the lead international membership body for those who supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. They have qualifications designed to give riggers working in all aspects of the entertainment industry recognition for their skills, knowledge and expertise, and a means of demonstrating that they’ve attained a professional standard within their chosen rigging discipline. 

Training in Music Publishing by the Music Publishers Association e.g. Induction Courses for those new to, or seeking to enter, the business of music publishing. The one and a half day course is designed to provide an essential overview of the music publishing industry, its organisations and their roles. The MPA also offer a Graduate Certificate in Editorial & Production, seminars, professional development programmes.

Creative Skillset is the UK Creative Industries’ Sector Skills Council. Twitter: @SkillsetSSC

Universities UK (UUK) is the representative organisation for the UK’s universities. Twitter: @UniversitiesUK

The Business and Artist Development Centre (BDC) bridges the gap between education and the music industry.

Learning Resources:

List of music organisations by the BBC that help young musicians.

Top GCSE Revision Tips Sound advice when coming up to exams. Sections on ‘Getting Ready for Revision’, ‘Top Revision Techniques’, ‘Dos and Don’ts’, ‘Helpful Hints for Parents’. Blog from Justin Craig Education, ‘The Exam Experts’.

National Union of Students (NUS) is a voluntary membership organisation which makes a real difference to the lives of students and its member students’ unions.

Gigajam online Award winnning interactive guitar, bass, keyboard & drum lessons get you playing from the first lesson. Videos, play-along files and online assessment guide you from Debut Grade to Grade 5.

An Introduction to Music Theory An Open University course that introduces you to the basic concepts of western music notation and music theory that you need to know before you embark on the Open University course Inside music (A224). It covers ground similar to that found in the syllabus of the Associated Board Theory Grades 1–3.

Theory Of Music Blogs and explanations about music theory, reading music, definitions of music terms etc.

Youtube Want to know how to do something? There is usually a video to show you how. Search on YouTube ‘How to…..’

All things drums. Drummer World includes the Drum Clinic with lots of videos on drum techniques for different music styles.

Britchops Drum Tuition presents the Britchops Foundation Drum Course of beginner drum lessons. A multimedia MIDI eBook drum course download in Adobe PDF format. It is a unique 130+ page course that features a range of multimedia tools which demonstrate the basics of modern drumming in a fun, easy to learn, style.

DrumTunes Systematically learn key drumming skills whilst playing to backing tracks with DrumTunes. Created by Matt Hartnell, a B Sharp alumni.

Rock Prodigy is  a complete guitar curriculum that runs on iPad, iPhone, iPod, Windows, or Mac computers. The app hears the guitar (electric or acoustic) and can discern up to 12 pitches simutaneously. Uses tab. There are 4 course levels. Sponsored by Fender Guitars.

Guitar Websites recommended by music teacher/blogger Alan Coady. Some are locally relevant to his Scottish location, others have relevance to all guitarists.

All things piano. Check out the links on the left of the home page.

Articles and resources on piano playing, teaching, postures for health etc.

All things saxophone. Including the Sax on the Web forum.

All things singing. One of the best music resources on the internet!

World of Harmonicas Where to buy harmonicas and related equipment, tuition videos, hundreds of albums, blogs and forums, links to related sites. Also has an active Facebook page with lots of good links to blogs, videos etc.

Music Exchange One of Europe’s largest distributors of sheet music with over 130,000 titles in stock. Browse by artist/composer or instrument type. Downloads and other departments. Twitter: @Music_Exchange

Sources for the ABRSM practical exams Complete listing of ABRSM Graded exam pieces for clarinet – with downloadable mp3 recordings of selected repertoire

Blogs about how to DJ, buying equipment and a useful DJ jargon/dictionary.

Digital DJ Tips Blogs for DJ training, forums, news, reviews, courses.

DJ Tips is another good site with advice for the DJ beginner.

The Musical Instrument Makers ForumAcoustic guitar building, electric guitar making, archtop guitar building, violin making, dulcimer making, mandolin building, banjo building, or any other type of lutherie; pickup winding and rewinding; drum making; flute and recorder making and repair; brass instrument building and repair; and more.

The British Council’s Youth in Action encourages young people to travel around the EU and beyond, explore new cultures and get involved in non-formal learning projects.

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. Twitter: @BritishCouncil