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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.

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 Department for Education which enables us to further develop the music centre each year.

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

  • Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Samba Drumming
  • Keyboard
  • Guitar
  • Saxophone Ensemble
  • Flute Ensemble
  • Steel Drums

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.

When: Lessons takes place on Wednesday afternoon between 4.30 pm and 6.30 pm for 30 weeks of the year.

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

Cost: £60 for the whole year. To ensure music education accessible for as many students as possible we are able to offer payment by instalment on a direct debit plan. Just ask at the box office for details. We don’t ever want cost to be a barrier to children and teenagers enjoying and making music.