Music-based mentoring

Child-centred musical learning for personal and social outcomes

We now provide music-based mentoring in Cambridgeshire - an extension of our instrumental tuition that specifically targets vulnerable pupils.

A music tutor is often the only regular one-to-one contact a young person has with an adult in school, and so is well placed to pick up difficulties a student may be having. Music-based mentoring is child-centered; it focuses on working with individual children to develop their attitude to learning. Goals are set for personal and social outcomes as well as musical skills.

Tutors and students work together to set realistic musical and personal goals, which will show improvement over time, giving a tangible sense of achievement and helping to improve attitude to learning overall.

Tailored to the needs of vulnerable students in Key Stages 2-5, music-based mentoring challenges limiting beliefs, by providing a safe environment to take musical risks, freeing learners from fear of failure and improving confidence, self-esteem and resilience.

It can be booked by the school or by families after discussion with the school. Music-based mentoring is delivered in partnership with MusicNet East.

Music-based mentoring offers:

Child-centred personalised learning that begins with the child’s musical interests
Music lessons for individual pupils lasting for a minimum of 20 minutes on a weekly basis throughout term time
Instrument loan as required
Initial meeting with Head of Music, SENCO and/or other school support staff to discuss participants’ needs and termly meetings to reflect on progress
A progressive learning process with regular monitoring and access to qualification routes if required
Advice on how participants could progress their music learning beyond the 1-2-1 lessons if they should wish to
Regular one-to-one contact with a trusted adult who can be a safe person to talk to about feelings, issues, challenges and choices
A joined up approach: music tutors can share information with, and work with, staff from other support services to best support the child

You provide

Schools and families need to:

Provide a suitable learning environment for lessons
Make staff available for initial meeting and later meetings to reflect on progress
Share relevant SEN/D information which will help the tutor adapt their teaching to support participants in the best possible way
Complete and return evaluation forms for pupils
A minimum of 3 students (if school booking)


What does it cost?


£15 per 20 minute individual lesson. Includes:

Fully vetted and managed staff with all appropriate disclosure and barring checks (DBS)
Loan of musical instruments
CM tutor trained in music-based mentoring with experience, qualifications and ability to deliver music lessons to support progression and monitor this through management processes
A fully accountable service with mechanisms for communicating with tutors, raising queries or concerns with the management team

Financial support

Schools can usually provide some financial support for looked-after children or those who are eligible for Free School Meals.


For individuals unable to access school support, we provide financial help to overcome barriers to taking part. Apply for a bursary here.