Learning and Participation

It is the vision of Birmingham Conservatoire to lead and inspire musicians of all ages and abilities on their musical journeys. We are an institution ready to collaborate, innovate and create exciting new opportunities for all musicians.

The Learning and Participation programme links with the range of pedagogy and professional development options within course structures and forms an important part of our student's professional experience whilst studying at the Conservatoire. Many of the strategic partnerships that have been formed in connection with our pedagogy provision, or through our active and vibrant Learning and Participation programme, have led to students being engaged and employed within a variety of educational contexts. Students have gained employment within music services, independent and state secondary schools and academies, primary and special needs schools and a range of charitable organisations, such as arts and well being and adult education focused services.

If you have an idea for a possible collaboration please contact Richard Shrewsbury, Learning and Participation Manager.

Here are a range of ways you can get involved with Birmingham Conservatoire:

Interactive Performances and Side-by-Side

Birmingham Conservatoire has ensembles that are experienced in performing in educational settings. These ensembles range from a chamber orchestra, through woodwind, brass, percussion and string ensembles to world music ensembles, including a Samba band and the Conservatoire Folk Ensemble led by Joe Broughton. If you are interested in a Conservatoire group coming and working alongside your musicians get in touch. The Conservatoire can support these activities and will actively look to find ways to make joint activities financially achievable.

Teachers and Schools

We offer a wide range of in-school workshop opportunities with our students and staff to enhance your curriculum. Our workshops range from composition and creative ensemble workshops to specific instrumental workshops or interactive performances in school. There is also the opportunity for school groups to visit the Conservatoire to enjoy our programme of over 300 concerts each academic year.

Young People – Aspire Programme

The new Birmingham Conservatoire Aspire programme is for young musicians who show a desire to pursue a musical career. If you are, or know of, a young person that would benefit from an enhanced experience of musical learning activities, including one-to-one instrumental lessons, side-by-side rehearsals and mentoring, then please get in touch.

Social and charitable initiatives

Birmingham Conservatoire has strong links with In Harmony Telford & Stoke, the largest ‘El Sistema’ inspired initiative in the UK for young people and their families. Our students and staff are committed to providing opportunities for all people regardless of age, ethnicity and social and economic circumstances to access high quality music education. If you work for a charity or social organisation and have an idea of how we might collaborate please contact us.

Strategic Partnerships

Birmingham Conservatoire has an extensive network of organisations that we deliver multi levels programmes with over several academic years. We are committed to working in partnership to develop exciting and inspirational opportunities for young musicians through collaborative planning and delivery. This has included applying for funding together to make things happen. If your organisation is interested in becoming a strategic partner please contact us.

Got an idea for a project, get in touch!

Birmingham Conservatoire Learning and Participation
Richard Shrewsbury
Learning and Participation Manager
conlearning@bcu.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)121 331 5912.