Digital Music Lab

A 10-week digital music and creativity programme to engage students at risk of low attainment and/or those with emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Our work in APS’s and in Hospital Education across Gloucestershire is proving that music is an effective way to engage and build confidence in young people who struggle with learning, behaviour, and poor mental health. We’re now extending this work to alternative education provision in mainstream schools, and are looking for two secondary school partners to pilot a heavily-subsidised programme .

Students will gain new skills that will be practically useful to them, and will build their confidence, self-belief, and engagement in learning by exploring their own interests and passions for music, film, gaming or other creative areas of their life.

We also offer one-to-one music mentoring under our ‘Key Changes’ programme – contact for details.


  • improved attendance, confidence, self-belief, motivation as a result of …
  • self-expression and a sense of achievement in areas that are meaningful to them
  • Discover and Explore Arts Award for those who wish to achieve accreditation (Bronze over a longer period)
  • impact and outcomes fully evaluated and reported


£500 / £50 per weekly session (usual price £1,000 /£100 per session without subsidy)
This covers: one hour delivery per week, additional time for set up/breakdown/liaison with teachers and feedback/reflection, project management, evaluation and all other expenses eg travel costs.


Download the Digi Music Lab – 10 week programme – outline and contact us as soon as possible if you’d like to be one of the two schools to take part in this pioneering programme.


Who’s behind this?

This work is supported by funding from Make Music Gloucestershire, the county’s music education hub, a partnership of organisations and individuals wanting to get more young people learning and making music.


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Our core programmes fall into the following strands:


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And of course musical ability

We develop young people’s musical and technical abilities and provide progression routes and opportunities for those who wish to pursue them.

We measure our impact according to authenticity, inclusivity, engagement, creativity, empowerment and sustainability. We aren’t interested in one-off projects that don’t have an ongoing impact. We want to make a significant difference to young people’s lives in Gloucestershire.


The Music Works is a key partner in Make Music Gloucestershire, the county’s music education hub.