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Our Summer Programme is now on sale.

We’re delighted to present, in partnership with Band on the Wall, another fantastic programme of courses and group sessions for spring.

Our Creative Music Programme offers a wide range of affordable musical activities for all ages, tastes and abilities in the friendly and informal setting of Manchester’s iconic music venue, Band on the Wall. Whether you want to learn a new instrument, sing in a choir or play in a music group we’ve got something for you. A perfect solution for Christmas presents and New Year resolutions!

All courses and groups are led by a dedicated team of experienced tutors and professional musicians. Some courses will be supported by online resources and recordings of key sessions and performances. All will be inspiring and supportive, giving opportunities to learn, perform and practice in Manchester’s best live music venue.

Our exciting spring programme includes returning favourites Jazz Foundations jazz band, Folk Group for all melodic instruments, Ableton Live music production course, Sing City songwriting and vocal sessions (for 13-18’s), Shake Rattle & Roll for babies, toddlers and their parents, Harmonica group classes and Beginner Guitar 1-to-1’s and group lessons.

New for 2016, we’re delighted to introduce Music Works — a fun and practical way to help you understand music theory; Harmonica Choir — a fun way to harmonise as a group and learn new skills and tunes in the process; and Indian Fusion Lab — an exploration of the different ways songwriters and performers of any instrument can use elements of Indian Classical Music to create new music.

Courses and groups start in January and run throughout the term time. Take a look below at the courses we’re offering.

For further information please contact Tim Chatterton (Project Manager - Creative Music Programme).

Download the full spring flyer here.


NEW - Music Works

Tues evenings

Music Works 1 - LW Edit
Understanding music theory to help your practise. A course for all musicians led by award-winning composer and guitarist Neil C Young.


NEW - Indian Fusion Lab

Weds evenings

Indian Fusion Lab
Exploring different ways to use elements of Indian classical music in your own songwriting.

Harmonica Groups

Tues evenings

Harmonica (Mat)
Complete beginner classes plus ALL NEW Harmonica Choir. For players of all levels from virtuoso teacher Mat Walklate.

Ableton Live 1-to-1

Tues and Thurs evenings

Ableton Live
A 1-to-1 music production course in the Band on the Wall studio.



Beginner Guitar 1-to-1

Fri evenings

music courses
Learn to play the guitar in the way you want with accomplished acoustic guitarist Noel Maher.


Sing City

Weds evenings

Sing City
Songwriting, vocal and recording sessions for young musicians with monthly Sing City Live performance nights.

Ableton Live Group

Weds evenings

Ableton Live
Make your own beats with Ableton music production software. Extend your skills or learn from scratch.

Beginner Guitar Group

Fri evenings

An affordable and accessible taster of the wonderful world of guitar.

Jazz Foundations

Thurs evenings

Jazz Foundations
Join our jazz group led by saxophone legend Munch Manship. For beginners to advanced.

Shake, Rattle & Roll

Sat afternoons

Shake, Rattle & Roll
Music-making sessions for Early Years. Explore instruments, create sounds, sing songs and make a big noise.


Sat afternoons

Jubacana Afro-Brazilian percussion
Exciting and energetic Afro-Brazilian music for 11-18's.

Folk Group

Weds evenings

Folk Fiddle
Learn to play traditional Irish folk music on any melodic instrument with virtuoso Emma Sweeney.