Heavyweight collaboration to give children chance to build their own instruments

Louise Mitchell

Louise Mitchell

A heavyweight collaboration will give Bristol schoolchildren the chance to design and build their own digital music instruments

The Bristol Music Trust and Renishaw have come together with hi-tech educators Conductive Music to create an education programme that combines engineering, maths, and music – giving 7-11 year olds the opportunity to learn about music technology in a fun and creative way.

Children from 12 schools initially will join Bristol Plays Music – the city’s music education hub based at Colston Hall – in a Beat Lab as part of their music curriculum from September 2015.

Workshops will focus on the scientific concepts of engineering and acoustics, key elements of Key Stage 2.

Louise Mitchell, Chief Executive of Bristol Music Trust, comments: “We are always looking for new ways to deliver our music education programmes that will inspire and encourage young people.

“Bristol Plays Music’s Technology Lab will bring together computer programming, electronic engineering, and design to support the music curriculum, offering children huge variety in their learning.

“We are delighted to be continuing to develop our excellent relationship with Renishaw, one of the region’s major employers; it is a creative organisation which understands the importance of encouraging young peoples’ creativity for their future lives in the arts, science and engineering spheres.”