Open Academy

Open Academy is the Academy’s Learning and Participation initiative. Each year, we produce between 35-40 projects, and work with up to 6000 people beyond our enrolled students and staff.

As recognition of the importance of participatory and community music programmes continues to grow both in the UK and internationally, it is crucial that our students have the opportunity to obtain skills and experience in this exciting and expanding area of work in areas including education, inclusion, health and wellbeing.

Open Academy works closely with artistic and community partners to produce creative projects that explore making music in a wide range of contexts. These include workshops with children and young people in mainstream schools and special educational needs and disability (SEND) settings, people receiving treatment in hospitals, residents and staff of care homes, and people attending day centres.

All of our projects are led and supported by experienced professionals, giving everyone the opportunity to explore and develop their musicianship, skills and confidence in their own creativity. Open Academy projects give us all the chance to make connections with people from all walks of life, to reflect upon the contribution musicians can make to society through their artistry, and how musicians in turn can find purpose and meaning in their craft.

Open Academy electives combine lectures, seminars and practical experience, and are available to all students as part of the undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.

Please download a copy of our guide here.

Head of Open Academy: Julian West
Administrator and Projects Manager: Mateja Kaluza


For students

For everyone

Blog - recent projects

Weekend Vocal Workout

See also: CPD Diploma in Creative Music Leadership

‘Taking part in OA projects has been one of the highlights of my studies. Sharing music with both children and adults – and watching the pure joy and love they experienced – really transferred over into my own performances and approach to music’ Alice, Open Academy alumna

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