Music Centre

Children of the Carnegie Music Centre around a piano

Children’s Music Centre

Find out more about our popular children’s music centre.

Children at the Music Centre playing different instruments

Summer School

A perfect two-day musical medley for children during the school summer holidays.

Members of the Carnegie Adult Music Centre playing instruments

Adult Music Centre

It’s not all for children! Adults can find their own musical stylings too at the Adult Music Centre.

Students playing the steel drums

Steel Drums

Learn this fantastically festive musical instrument at our weekly classes.

Children’s Music Centre

The Carnegie Music Centre is a safe, welcoming and encouraging environment which seeks to inspire children and young people to develop a love of creating music through participation in a range of musical experiences outside of school. Alongside developing the talent of children and young people our music centre gives them an opportunity to participate in musical and cultural events, opportunities and experiences and attain recognised Arts Award qualifications.

We have now also opened a fantastic Adult Music Centre, when ages 18+ can join us to learn instruments, develop new skills, and participate in small performances.

“Attending Music Centre every week has allowed my three children to enjoy music in an affordable way. They’ve been able to try a wide variety of instruments during the sessions and then further develop on specific instruments. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy music and meet new friends, and the teachers are all wonderful.

Julie Hodgson

Registration Now Open
(closes 6 Sep 2023)

Useful information

When: Wednesdays, 4.30 pm – 6.30 pm for 30 weeks of the year.

Term start date: 13th September 2023

Performances: The Music Centre showcases the talent of its students at two major concert performances during the year; we also have several opportunities for our students to interact with other instrumental groups and showcase their talents at local events.

Instruments: Students can come equipped with their own instruments (except drums) or we can loan instruments if they are available. The sessions complement individual instrument lessons.

Cost: £80 for the whole year.

To ensure music education is accessible for as many students as possible we are able to offer instalments by Direct Debit. Just ask at the box office for details. We don’t want cost to be a barrier to children and teenagers enjoying and making music.

Curtis Wright playing guitar

Children playing clarinets at the Carnegie Theatre and Arts Centre

Available opportunities

Students from the ages of 8 to 18 attend regularly and take part in a variety of music making experiences which include:

  • Steel Drums
  • Guitar
  • Ukelele
  • Samba Drumming
  • Handbells
  • Choir
  • Music Theatre
  • Woodwind Ensemble
  • Folk Group
  • Arts Award

More about the Music Centre

As a delivery partner to Cumbria Music Hub, our Music Centre seeks to:

  • Provide whole-class ensemble teaching (first access) programmes to ensure that every child aged 8-18 has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument (other than voice) for ideally a year (but for a minimum of a term) of weekly tuition on the same instrument
  • Provide opportunities for children and young people to play, sing and perform in ensembles
  • Provide clear progression routes that are affordable (Arts Award – Bronze, Silver and Gold)
  • Provide an instrument loan service wherever possible
  • Provide the opportunity to experience high quality music experiences working with professional musicians at our venue

We are grateful for the continued funding support of Cumbria Music Hub, Arts Council England and the Department for Education, which enables us to further develop the music centre each year.

Carnegie Music Centre Summer School 2020