Learning music


In the spring issue of Highnotes we talk to the Glasgow project helping refugees to make music, Manchester Collective gives tips on how to attract younger audiences to classical concerts, learn how the OHMI Trust is making music more accessible to people with physical disabilities, and more.

To download a PDF copy, click the Highnotes image below and select 'download PDF' in the bottom right-hand corner.

Instrumental ensemble leadership workshop with Martyn Brabbins

Join us for our first ever conducting workshop with Martyn Brabbins, Music Director of English National Opera!

*Please note, all participating conductor places are now booked. However, observer places are still available.*


Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
WC1R 4RL London
United Kingdom

Free download of British Music and Drama Education Yearbook

As part of their continued commitment to music educators, Music Teacher magazine publishes the British Music & Drama Education Yearbook. The all-encompassing guide to music and drama education in the UK is packed with thousands of listings for colleges, courses and suppliers, as well as national and local services, including performance venues. An invaluable resource for teachers, parents, students, schools, organisations, performers and anyone with a professional or personal interest in arts education.

Discount on instruments from Normans

Normans Musical Instruments is very proud to be a Premium Corporate Member of Making Music, and is pleased to announce a special offer for members.  

Staffed by musicians, Normans is one of the country’s leading education suppliers of musical instruments and accessories. Normans is delighted to be offering a special discount for Making Music members - use the code MM5 at checkout on normans.co.uk to get 5% off any order you place.  

Resources for Music Directors

Being the music director (MD) of a group is a diverse role with lots to think about from conducting, arranging music and developing the group to leading, inspiring and encouraging cohesive working. We have put together a range of guidance, resources and opportunities that MDs might find useful.

Conducting skills course

For many leisure-time music groups, it’s often the case that someone in the group with no formal training may step in and conduct a rehearsal as a one-off, and then suddenly find themselves permanently on the podium. Orchestras for All’s new online conducting skills development course can help to address this skills gap.

An introduction to... music genres

There’s a wonderful variety of musical genres being played and sung in towns, cities and neighbourhoods across the UK, so we decided to create introductory guides to some of them. Pick a genre and dive in to find out more and how you can get involved. Or if you would like to submit an introduction to your favourite kind of music, please email us

An introduction to: Indian classical music

What is Indian classical music and how is it different to Bollywood or Indian folk music? What are all the different instruments used and where can you go to try listening to it or playing it yourself? Seetal Kaur of member group, the Sitar Music Society, gives us an overview.

Discounts on music technology products

Steinberg have linked up with GAK Music shop to offer Making Music members preferential discounted prices on their range of products.