With your help, we can bring the joy of live music
to thousands more people across the UK
With your help, we can bring the joy of live music to thousands more people across the UK

Our work in Schools

Choice, Voice & Wellbeing

Working in partnership to spark musical lives​

Fun, participatory activities focused on engagement, communication, pupil choice and voice

Social, personal and musical outcomes

Wide-ranging genres/instruments

Inspire curiosity and a love of music

We know that many children and young people in special schools miss out on their entitlement to music. We know that you often struggle to pay for music therapy, and so specialist classroom and one-to-one music learning sometimes just isn’t an option.

It’s our mission to help you to access inspiring specialist professional musicians who can bring both social and personal as well as musical benefits to your pupils.

Why us?

  • 97% of teachers scored us 4 or 5 out of 5 for pupil engagement
  • Shaped around your school and pupils
  • Professional musicians work developmentally and inclusively with your pupils, following the social model of disability and using a quality framework
  • Complements your music therapy work cutting-edge evaluation (Sounds of Intent)
  • Monitor personal, social, musical progress support available to fundraise for music, plan your music curriculum and find support and resources

What are the benefits?

  • Music can be the key to unlocking choice, voice and self-esteem
  • Promotes deeper engagement and focus than many other activities
  • Enables meaningful interaction, communication and self-expression: leading to greater agency grows pupil and teacher confidence in music
  • Music accreditation for pupils

Building blocks to unlocking potential through music

A participatory concert – live or online

  • A boost to wellbeing and an unforgettable experience
  • The beginning of choice and voice in music
  • Pupils get up close to musicians and instruments
  • Musicians connect with individual pupils and follow their lead
  • Can be linked to curriculum themes
  • One-off tasters

 “I enjoyed having fun with everyone and playing musical instruments I have never heard before.”

– child participant

Music Workshops – live or online

  • Half-day visits: 30-45 minute sessions for 2-3 classes
  • All of the Participatory Concert benefits plus:
    • We use school instruments
    • Pupils exercise further choice, voice and develop their musical instincts
    • 1:1 and small group personalised sessions also available, planned in consultation with parents/carers
    • One-off tasters and/or 5-week, 10-week or whole year series


  • Webinar concerts for multiple schools

  • Save money, and work with your school cluster, music education hub/music service or academy chain.

  • Free video concert library for all schools

    • 15-30 minute sessions

    • Variety of musical styles

    • Book a follow-up live online session with the musician in the video to create excitement and anticipation

  • Watch our 3 minute showreel here.

Whole-school music development

A long-term relationship with us – tailored around your capacity and finances – will pay off in better outcomes for pupils, teaching staff and the school. We often start with a number of one-off activities such as the building blocks above, but work on a plan for you to have a musician-in-residence.

Musician-in-Residence – live

  • An intensive week to a structured year-long programme
  • Weekly music workshops (see above) plus 1:1 sessions
  • Embedded CPD for classroom teachers and TAs to build musical confidence
"Communication through musical activities is at the heart of what the LMN residency brought to school."

Get in contact

We can create a bespoke offer to support your school’s needs.

Call 0151 222 0018 or email: [email protected]

Schools programme

Click the button below to explore our schools programme for 2021-2022.

Our online offering

Click the button below to explore our online library of participatory concerts for schools to bring Live Music Now performances directly into the classroom or home. Videos are 15-30 minutes in length.

Children crowd round a Live Music Now musician during a concert.

Our musicians

Live Music Now musicians are inclusive music leaders, trained to adapt quickly to children’s needs and responses. Liberated from strict roles of performer and audience, concerts become participatory in nature, with children and young people encouraged to join in (though they often need no encouragement!) by singing, conducting, call-and-response and through musical games. Our 45-60 minute concerts are highly sensory experiences, with musicians engaging with children individually to demonstrate the instruments, their sounds and their vibrations. You can see a listing of all of our musicians here.

The results

Concerts are joyful occasions which lift participants’ moods and bring the music curriculum to life.

Participating in music encourages disabled children and young people to become more engaged in learning, builds focus and concentration and provides them with new ways to express themselves. This, in turn, builds confidence and self-esteem, paving the way for a lifelong enjoyment of music and the benefits it brings with it.

Concerts and residencies build teachers’ confidence in using music in the classroom and in supporting children to develop their own musical skills.

Sessions help build music into the culture of a school, cementing it as an important activity for children. It embeds joy into the curriculum, all the while enhancing children’s core life skills, allowing them to reap the benefits for life.

95% of schools scored children’s level of engagement as higher
than expected

"An incredible opportunity for our children to really engage with music, express themselves and contribute their own ideas."

– Teacher

We offer activities for families too:
Including Me
– an online participatory music programme for families with children experiencing social isolation or difficult times.
All Together Now
– fun and inclusive music sessions for disabled children and their families.
Lullaby Project – working with individual caregivers to write unique lullabies for their children.

Get in touch to book a concert or find out more about our schools programme.

Email us: [email protected]