Blackpool music school

Blackpool music school

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  • Arts
  • Children / families
  • Education
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Local / community
  • Men
  • Mental health
  • Older people / later life
  • Physical disabilities
  • Voluntary sector support
  • Women
  • Young people

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Blackpool Music School was founded in 2006 by John Shaw after the dissolution of the Electronic Keyboard leisure learning course he attended at Blackpool and the Fylde College.

The original aims and objectives for Blackpool Music School were to provide affordable leisurely learning for the retired and disabled community of Blackpool and the Fylde coast, as an exercise in social inclusion and group music education. Since the beginning of the school, those aims and objectives have expanded to include leisure and educational learning for people from all backgrounds and abilities in the Fylde, including adults who are socially isolated due to age or mental or physical health conditions, and to children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Our original outcomes based aims and objectives

To improve the general Well-being and Socialisation of the Retired, disable and Disadvantaged Community of Blackpool through music. To increase Socialisation Through group Taught music To improve The levels of Well-being and Confidence of The service Users To improve Music skills To provide Group keyboard Tuition for the Over 50s and Disabled Provide an Accessible Venue and Instruments to Learn on Provide Affordable music Education for The retired and Disabled Community To offer Empathic Teaching Designed with The individual’s Goals in mind.


Blackpool Music school teaches people from the age of 8 upwards.  It offers affordable lessons in a variety of musical instruments.  It also offers subsidized/low cost purchase of musical instruments.  It will also subsidize fees for exams.

Lessons are in either group format to help keep the cost of lessons down and to enable some of the pupils/clients to socialize which would otherwise be denied them.  If necessary lessons can be on a one to one and also in the pupils/clients house if they are housebound.  This again helps combat social isolation as well as keeping alert through learning a musical instrument.

The lessons are charged on a sliding scale to ensure that music lessons are affordable to all and not just for those who can pay for them.

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