Cambridgeshire Music has been piloting a new scheme using online technology to bring music lessons directly into young people’s homes. The project – called ‘Connect’ – is helping school-age pupils who would otherwise struggle to access music lessons to learn one-to-one with experienced tutors via a desktop, laptop or tablet computer.

Students are given a link to a custom-built online platform, where once a week they have a live video lesson with a member of Cambridgeshire Music’s teaching team. And young learners can also access written, audio and video resources that help them to improve their technique inbetween lessons.

The system is based on the principle known as ‘blended learning’: the idea that combining digital and online resources with more traditional, face-to-face teaching methods can often enhance young people’s education.

Cambridgeshire Music has developed the Connect system gradually over the past few years, supported by funding from organisations including the youth music development charity NYMAZ and UCan Play, a not-for-profit sales and consultancy organisation supporting music education.

Potential pupils can register their interest in signing up for Connect lessons after Easter. Visit the Tuition pages of our website for more details…

Listen to Cambridgeshire Music’s Julia Ient being interviewed about Connect on Cambridge 105 Radio here.

Read about 11-year-old Rosie (pictured), who is learning to play the flute from her dining room in Haddenham through the Connect programme. Read Rosie’s story in the Ely Standard here.