The Music Lab

The Music Lab is a project for ages 13-18 that explores how you can be included more within classical music instrumental education.


Over 2 days in October half-term we’re going to create an original composition based on a well-known piece of classical music of your choosing! You will be encouraged to develop your own musical ideas and explore, and develop, your musical confidence and decision-making.


Musical activities will include listening skills, ensemble work, musical structures, composition ideas, performance techniques and more…


As part of this project you’ll be our co- researchers, bringing your ideas about what you want from your music education and experimenting with how to do things differently.


The Music Lab is a collaboration between Sound Connections, Lewisham Music, and Dr. Anna Bull from the University of York.


Who are Sound Connections?


Take part in an action-research project…

During The Music Lab, we’ll be exploring different ways of working musically with you and documenting what happens. The things that work will become a toolkit to help other music educators working with young people like you. As such, we need to gain permissions from parents and carers for you to take part.



Online project workshop

Monday 18 October – 5-6pm


In-person workshops

Thursday 28 and Friday 29 October – 10am-4pm



Our new community spaces – First Floor, The Fellowship & Star, Randlesdown Road, Bellingham, SE6 3BT (there will also be a welcome session online via Zoom – date TBC)





Sign up if you…

Are aged 13 to 18 and play any of the following instruments at grade 3 or above, in a classical style…


  • Strings – violin, viola, cello, double bass or guitar

  • Woodwind – recorder, flute, oboe, bassoon or clarinet

  • Brass – trumpet and horns

  • Percussion – timpani (kettledrums) hand cymbals or bass drum

  • Classical piano

  • Voice


How to sign up

Sign up for The Music Lab has now ended, but watch this space, we hope to run similar projects in the future. Make sure you join our mailing list and be first to hear about them, and don’t forget to follow us on our socials.


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We look forward to hearing from you soon!