BCMG’s secondary school programme focuses mainly on composing and improvising. As well as workshops for young people we deliver CPD for teachers. We work hard to ensure our projects are true collaborations between teachers, composers, workshop leaders, musicians and the young people, recognising that expertise is held by all partners and that each project should be a learning opportunity for everyone involved. We are a research partner of Birmingham City University and are committed to using the latest research to inform our programme and planning.
Below is our current offer. We are always looking for opportunities for extended projects and are happy to support fundraising efforts to make this happen. Examples of more extended projects can be found on the past projects page.
We are a partner of the Birmingham Music Education Partnership.
Sound Imaginations is BCMG’s main programme of composing workshops for secondary schools supporting creative approaches to composing whether through open composing briefs or within a particular styles or genres.Read more
Listen Imagine Compose is a long term partnership project with Sound and Music and Birmingham City University to research and improve the teaching and learning of composing at KS3, 4 & 5.Read more
Do You See? Do You Hear? is a participatory song cycle project led by composer Michael Betteridge with the 7 RSA Academies in the West Midlands.Read more
Top Score is BCMG's scheme for commissioning new music for young people to perform and to have the chance to engage with living composers.Read more
The Zigzag Ensemble is a series of free workshops for 12-18 year olds exploring composing and improvisation inspired by music from upcoming BCMG concerts.Read more
Creative Composing Lab is an exciting free opportunity for young people aged 14-18 to compose guided by the expert knowledge of professional composer David Horne.Read more
Click to find out about BCMG's extensive collection of learning resources for teachers, activities for young people and project reports.Read more
BCMG is an Arts Award Centre and Supporter. Young people participating in our workshops in and out of school can achieve Discover, Explore and Bronze Arts Awards.Read more
BCMG welcomes secondary school pupils on work experience throughout the year, normally for a week-long placement.Read more
BCMG is an Arts Mark Partner. Arts Mark is a quality standard for schools and education settings awarded by the Arts Council.Read more