Music expresses that which cannot be said
and on which it is impossible to be silent.
Music is a way for young people to connect with themselves as well as a bridge for connecting with others.
Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.
When words fail, music speaks.
Music changes lives: we see it happening every day in our work, and hear about it from young people and their parents, as well as colleagues across the country.
A wealth of research, and our own experience, has shown that music can improve confidence, self-esteem, motivation, engagement in education, wellbeing, self-efficacy, mental agility, social and teamwork skills. It can develop creativity, problem-solving skills, and our understanding of the world and our place in it.
It’s a powerful means of communicating, beyond words, which enriches our lives, gives us feelings and experiences like nothing else, and can change the way we think, feel and act.
Music sessions for young people – make music with others, learn music technology, create music – Coleford and Tetburyread more
We work in schools, pre-schools, hospitals and community settings across the county, as well as our three studios in Cheltenham, Gloucester and Cinderford.
View our schools brochure to find out how we can help.
Our work is divided into three core areas:
Direct delivery:This includes bespoke workshops, education programmes, and community based drop-in sessions, with subjects ranging from instrument and vocal tuition to songwriting and music production classes.
Training, capacity-building and leadership development:Youth leadership, traineeships, apprenticeships, teacher training, workforce development, advice and guidance, conferences.
Influence and advocacy:We develop and contribute to research and best practice, working with policy-makers, partners and our ambassadors to make the case for music and drive up quality delivery.
Services we provide
- Education programmes and sessions in schools
- Bespoke workshops
- Community based drop-in sessions
- Instrument tuition
- Singing, beatbox and rap
- Songwriting and music production classes
- Youth leadership programmes traineeships, apprenticeships
- Training and workforce development for teachers, community workers and musicians
We work with
We work with all ages and all abilities, from absolute beginners to some of the county’s most gifted and talented musicians. But our guiding value is inclusion – making sure everyone, regardless of their situation, has the chance to make or enjoy music – so we have a keen focus and a strong track record on:
- Early years.
- Children and young people in challenging circumstances including young offenders, those not in education or employment, looked-after children.
- Disabled people and those with chronic physical and mental health conditions.
Our safeguarding policy:
We keep the children and young people we work with safe, read how we do this.
Formerly Gloucester Music Makers, we’re a highly skilled and experienced team of committed, creative and innovative professional musicians, driven by a passion for inclusion.
In addition to the core team, we work with a variety of music leaders, young volunteers and teachers to provide bespoke workshops, education programmes, after-schools and drop-in sessions for people of all ages and abilities.
If you’d like to speak to a member of our extended team contact Beth.
Areas of expertise
- Early years
- Musical inclusion
- Music production
- Rap and beatbox
- Vocal work
Our core team
Liz has over 20 years’ experience of delivering creative and inclusive singing and music sessions with adults, children and young people in a variety of educational, community and health settings. She specialises in vocals and music for health, is a trainer and a natural voice practitioner.
The Music Works is a charity whose goal is to transform lives through music. Formerly Gloucester Music Makers, we work with all ages and all abilities, from absolute beginners to some of the county’s most gifted and talented musicians, offering services from one-to-one music mentoring to performances.
Through this, we aim to ensure that everyone, regardless of their background or situation, has the chance to make and enjoy music. But, more than that, we use music to empower them to reach their full potential, in music, in learning, and in life.