The Birmingham Music Education Partnership

Services For Education Music Service is the lead organisation for the Birmingham Music Education Partnership which deploys the central government funding to extend and coordinate music education provision for all reporting to Arts Council England.

The Birmingham Music Education Partnership

Services For Education Music Service is the lead organisation for the Birmingham Music Education Partnership which deploys the central government funding to extend and coordinate music education provision for all reporting to Arts Council England.

about our members

Services For Education is a lifelong learning charity based in the heart of Birmingham. We provide expert training and continued professional development within educational and corporate settings across the UK.

We are also one of the largest providers of music tuition in the country, teaching music to over 38,000 children per week.

If you would like to get in touch with us about BMEP or Services For Education, please feel free to email or call us on 0121 366 9950.

BCU provides professional training for Teachers in Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Post Graduate levels as well as undertakes education research.

Professor Martin Fautley is the representative for Music Education specialising in assessment. BCU continue to evaluate and inform the quality of BMEP activity.

Current research projects include:

  • Exchanging Notes: Youth Music exploring music education in Pupil Referral Units across the country.
  • Birmingham Music Service: ‘Wider opportunities’ and assessments and the provision of Networking /CPD Opportunities for music specialists.
  • BCMG: New programmes.

Find out more here.

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group are passionate about providing high-quality opportunities for young people to create their own music as well as experience the very best in new music performance.

We offer a range of creative music workshops for young people aged 7 – 18.

Our regular out-of-school hours workshops are free to attend and run mostly at weekends in the City Centre. BCMG work with primary schools across the city through our Big Ears project, as well as running secondary school composing projects including CPD for teachers.

We also provide Family Friendly concerts and activities as part of our regular concert series.

  • Workshops for ages 8 to 18 and out of hours workshops in composing and creating music and exploring music from concerts.
  • Imagine Compose: 2yr youth music funded project aimed at primary school children encourage/explore composing and linked to CPD for teachers.
  • Resources: Developing online resources teachers.
  • Family Concerts and events: eg: Family Fun Festival and Music Doodle Doo in collaboration with Ikon (drawing alongside music for young children).
  • Research and Evaluation: partnership working with BCU.
  • Broadway Academy: developing key relationship to explore engaging young people in music.

Find out more here.

Email contacts:
Naomi Wellings, BCMG Learning Co-ordinator
Jeremy Clay, BCMG Learning Co-ordinator

The CBSO is committed to supporting and developing the musical education of children and young people, building their skills as creators and performers, expanding their musical interests and experiences, and inspiring a lifelong appreciation of live performance.
We provide opportunities for children and young people at all stages of their education from early years groups to university students through a varied programme of opportunities ranging from workshops by individual musicians in schools, to orchestral concerts at Symphony Hall.
In addition to our schools offer, the CBSO also provides £5 tickets for schools, youth ensembles and young people’s groups to the majority of our Birmingham concerts.

Ex Cathedra promote the benefits of singing, supporting health and wellbeing:

  • Whole brain involvement
  • Recovery in brain injury, stroke
  • Exercise for core muscles and breathing
  • Can help production of Oxytocin: the hormone that supports bonding

Arts in Health

  • Singing medicine: BCH, Heartlands and Great Ormond Street.
  • Supporting children in hospital to gain control and make decisions.
  • Receiving awards for outstanding contribution to public health.
  • Singing Pathway: 3 yr funding from HNS to work with Stroke and Dementia patients.
  • Singing Bonds: working with Mums and babies.


  • Singing Playgrounds: Singing through play, developing friendship groups, promoting/supporting community and culture. Training leaders in key stage 2 – in partnership with Music Service.
  • Training teachers as choir/singing leaders.
  • Choir making project: ambition for every school.
  • Singing Academies for ages 4 to 18


  • Family Concerts.

Find out more here.

Quench Arts is a Community Interest Company working across the West Midlands. We are passionate about making a positive difference through the arts and our vision is that everyone should have access to high quality participatory arts opportunities.

Our work focuses on 2 areas:

  • Our own projects use music to make a real difference to people’s lives, nurturing artistic talent in areas where opportunities may be limited.
  • We also support other organisations in developing their community arts practice.

Find out more here.

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mac is a multi-art form arts centre with a strong commitment to arts for everyone, especially those for whom engagement in the arts is new.

The mac makes music programme offers music making opportunities for children and young people who currently have limited access to music provision and for whom there are significant barriers to mainstream music education.

Our programme is designed around the interests, needs and abilities of those taking part and can include: music technology, band development, percussion, singing, song writing and composition.

Find out more here.

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THSH delivers music opportunities to schools and through community engagement activity for ages from Early years to post 16.
Key projects:

  • Concert Hall Experience – Aimed particular at Key Stage 2. This involves a visit to the hall, an Organ Scholar and an interactive tour experience exploring the history of key musical icons.
  • Concerts to Curbstones in local Children’s Centres: In partnership with Friction Arts developing cross art activities to families with young children. This includes monthly: Musical Picnics at SH. This is also part of 3 yr Generational Ladywood whereby THSH has consulted with Ladywood community to develop community engagement activity.
  • Wider Opps: in collaboration with S4E and Jazz notes
  • Sound Lounge: targeted at young people to develop skills and talent
  • Big Fun Festival: Family Arts Campaign in Autumn
  • Research: grant from Arts Connect to explore visitor/participant experience
  • Skills development: CPD offer for teachers

Find out more here.