Striking the right note in music education

Applications for Year 2 open on 3 May.

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Musicate is a new and ambitious primary school outreach programme devised and produced by Cheltenham Festivals with the aim of inspiring a love of music to last a lifetime.


  • Responds to identified national and local need
  • Builds upon research, specifically into effective learning approaches for teachers and artists
  • Is unique in design; it complements other programmes without duplication
  • Is designed to make an impact locally, with the potential for replication nationally

I welcome this new approach to the teaching of music starting with learning critical appreciation. Using pairs of teachers in a school embeds learning as it provides mutual support as they develop ideas and confidence.

Peter Holmes, Gloucestershire Music Hub

How does it work?

Musicate equips primary teachers and early-career musicians with creative approaches to music education through bespoke training programmes.

Musicate links teachers with musicians who, in collaboration, produce vibrant musical experiences for children throughout the academic year.

Musicate begins and ends with concerts at the Cheltenham Music Festival in July. Beginning the year as audience members, participants become critically engaged listeners who, together, create the Musicate celebrations in school.

This is one of those areas where we are acutely aware of the need. I couldn’t be more excited about this!

Chris Marshall, Birmingham Conservatoire

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