Location: We deliver teaching and mentoring opportunities where students live Website: www.swms.org.uk
Associate Organisation
Guitar & Bass

Drums / percussion
Singing / Voice
Piano / Keyboard
Music Theory
Songwriting / Composition
Digital Music
Music Production
Teaching Models:
One to One teaching
Small / medium Group Tuition
Whole Class tuition (Primary)
Large group / ensemble tuition
Remote / distance tuition
Informal workshops
Performance opportunities
Online tuition
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South West Music School

Type Of Organisation: Working with individual artists


South West Music School is a charity working with talented young instrumentalists, singers and composers aged 8 – 19 years in the South West of England. Due to the geographical nature of the South West, we are not building based but are a ‘virtual’ school working with young people on an individual basis in their local area. In addition, our students come together on a regular basis to collaborate, create, learn new skills and perform together.

South West Music School is part of a national network of Centres of Advanced Training supported by the Department for Education Music and Dance Scheme for exceptionally talented young musicians.

Funding provided by the DfE can ensure that each student has adequate resources to undertake involvement with SWMS and that all costs are met according to need (there is a separate application process to determine grant eligibility).








What I / we help young people achieve

South West Music School (SWMS) provides students with the same standard of music education as specialist music schools and junior conservatoires. The additional benefit of SWMS is that it allows students to stay in their existing education and continue to take part in other current musical (and non-musical) activities in their local communities. Our students collaborate and play with other young musicians from across the region, therefore developing their network and social interaction.

Opportunities for children & young people

  • To learn to play an instrument and / or develop skills on an instrument
  • To learn to sing
  • To create / write music and / or lyrics
  • To develop recording /production skills
  • To play, perform music with others
  • To learn things about oneself , other subjects or life-skills through musical activity
  • To work with and support other young musicians
  • To develop their wellbeing


  • After School
  • Weekends
  • School Holidays
  • Project based

Working with special needs

We work across a broad spectrum of statemented conditions with our young people, ranging from dyslexia and dyspraxia to austism to profound disabilities (such as blindness).  They are in all other respects highly functional as musicians.  We work locally in collaboration with youth and other services, specialist schools and other organisations that have a stake in working with young people with special needs.

Taught Instruments

  • Brass
  • Woodwind
  • Strings
  • Guitar & Bass

  • Drums / percussion
  • Singing / Voice
  • Piano / Keyboard
  • Music Theory
  • Songwriting / Composition
  • Digital Music
  • Music Production

Ages Taught

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16+

Level Taught

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Musical Clusters Covered

  • Chippenham
  • B-on-A / Corsham
  • Calne & Melksham
  • Trowbridge (CSL)
  • Salisbury / Wilton
  • Marlborough & Pewsey
  • Downton
  • Malmesbury / WB / Purton
  • Amesbury
  • Devizes
  • Warminster
  • Westbury
  • Mere & Tisbury
  • Tidworth

Previously Worked With

We work with organisations such as Wiltshire Music Centre on projects such as WEYO and WYJO.