Leeds Music Education Partnership

Leeds Music Education Partnership arose from a sharing of values and vision between ArtForms and its partners. It enables us to offer to the children and young people of Leeds a coherent and comprehensible music education, joining up the breadth of first access in all its forms to the diversity of excellence which this great city offers.

Whilst Roundhay Music is an LMEP partner, the majority of the work and activity we undertake is in addition to that which is supported, commissioned or funded by LMEP. We are responsible for the quality assurance of our work and ensuring we have robust child protection, health and safety and equal opportunities policies in place when working with children and young people.


See below for a list of partners and links to their websites.


Lead Partner
ArtForms Music Service, Leeds


ArtForms Music Service, part of Leeds City Council, provides a wide range of learning for children and young people. We provide instrumental and vocal lessons, National Curriculum support as well as Accompanying Pianists and Ensemble Conductors. Projects, workshops and concerts in schools. City of Leeds Youth Music groups and community Music Centres (also open to adults) provide out-of-school music. The Gordon Parry Centre is a unique resource for those with learning difficulties.

All Partners
Roundhay Music, Leeds


Roundhay Music, a not-for-profit organisation established in 1987, arranges music tuition by using carefully selected professional tutors so that music can be full of enjoyment even when studied seriously. Lessons are on an individual basis for pupils of all ages on any instrument and in any style. Also provided are aural, theory, A Level workshops and GCSE support, accompaniment, concert performance training and ensemble opportunities. In-school tuition on a group or individual basis is offered and tailored to each school’s requirements.

The Big Hoo-Ha Company, Leeds

The Big Hoo-Ha Company specialise in particular in collaborative group work, using music (and/or music technology) as a vehicle for increasing confidence, self-esteem, social cohesion and breaking barriers to learning.

We work from KS2-KS5, including students with special needs, and those on the NEET register. From song-writing to music production, our artists are multi-instrumentalists with backgrounds in mentoring and working with vulnerable groups. We come to you (with various musical equipment/resources) or you come to our superbly resourced education studios.

Cloth Cat Studios Ltd, Leeds


Cloth Cat is a music and educational charity which organises musical activities for people living in disadvantaged circumstances around inner city Leeds and beyond. Our programme of community based courses form the spine of what we do and these include singing, performing, music production, sound engineering, guitar and the music business amongst others. We also deliver spoke workshops and courses to organisations and projects working within disadvantaged Leeds, and bring musical entertainment to those who cannot normally access it.

East Leeds FM     Heads Together

East Leeds FM is an internet-based community radio station based in Seacroft, Leeds and run by Heads Together Productions.  We love live music at ELFM and have been supporting local musicians since we started broadcasting in 2003. We have become an established part of the local music scene and last year more than 800 artists performed live on ELFM. As part of our regular broadcasts we host local bands and solo artists in our very own live room: The Parlour. We are committed to supporting young musicians through our Associate Bands and Next Generation programmes. Added to this we promote both young and established artists at gigs, galas and festivals broadcasting from our very special Caravan of Love with live outdoor sets on the Awning Stage - Everybody Loves Fabulous Music!

Leeds College Of Music


Leeds College of Music - As the only specialist UK conservatoire to offer both Higher (Undergraduate and Postgraduate) and Further Education courses, we provide a unique opportunity for students to progress from BTEC courses through to Postgraduate degrees.

Students are taught in a vibrant and creative environment by academic staff who are active performers, composers and producers. Students receive the highest quality education and training to help fulfil their potential and achieve a career as a professional musician.

Leeds International Concert Season

Leeds International Concert Season is run by Leeds City Council and is the largest local authority music programme in the UK.  We programme more than 200 concerts a year in the Leeds area.



Leeds Lieder+ is a biennial long weekend festival formed in 2004 to celebrate, and promote the understanding, appreciation, composition and performance, of art-song. This great repertoire is part of our cultural heritage. Alongside the festivals and between-festivals events, we inspire hundreds of children to discover and perform this wonderful music, and to compose their own songs, through a variety of education projects in primary and secondary schools.

Leeds Schools Music Association

Every year, The Leeds Schools' Music Association (LSMA) organises spectacular festival concerts in Leeds Town Hall in which schools from across the city come together to perform. These include a Christmas Concert and a Festival for primary schools in the spring term. Children are given the opportunity to play in various instrumental groups and sing in choirs up to 400 voices strong. The planning and management are in the hands of a committee of headteachers, school staff and representatives from ArtForms.

Lifeforce Productions, Leeds


Lifeforce Productions was set up in 1998 to provide professional music production and training facilites for the community. Over the years we’ve had great success in helping our users find that individual spark of creativity that helps them play an active role in the development of their lives.

Musical Futures


The Musical Futures journey began in 2003 when the Paul Hamlyn Foundation instigated an initiative to find new and imaginative ways of engaging all young people, aged 11-18, in meaningful music activities. The starting point for Musical Futures was to try to understand the factors affecting the disengagement of young people with sustained music-making activities, at a time in their lives when we know music is not only a passion for many young people, but plays a big part in shaping their social identity.

Yorkshire Music Education Service


YMES is a not-for-profit organisation, based in Leeds, offering a wide range of music education services to schools and in the community. Specialist teaching (in small and large groups) is available for most instruments, along with ensemble direction and accompaniment, with a focus on flexibility, quality and affordability. Our music centres provide out-of-school learning opportunities, and are complemented by a series of one-day workshops and holiday courses. Our not-for-profit status is regulated by the Government's CIC Regulator. 

South Asian Arts UK


SAA-uk is an innovative organisation on the cutting edge and pushing the boundaries in how traditional and contemporary Indian Music and Dance is performed, presented and experienced by audiences, participants and Artists. SAA-uk leads the way in spotting, nurturing, developing and presenting the very best of young and upcoming talent and facilitating contemporary cross-cultural music. All underpinned by SAA-uk Concert Series, SAA-uk Music & Dance Academies, SAA-uk Summer School, SAA-uk Community engagement programme and Artists Support programme.

The Voices Foundation


The Voices Foundation - We are a national music education charity working closely with the Government, Local Authorities and Schools to deliver sustainable solutions to teaching music at primary level.

A former Sing Up Flagship organisation with various training strands accredited by Edge Hill University, we offer in-school programmes and professional development training for classroom teachers as well as specialists, and provide quality resource material.

Yamsen: Specially Music

Yamsen: Specially Music - We are a group of people interested in creating inclusive opportunities around music. Our members comprise teachers, volunteers, artists, musicians, and other participants with and without special needs. We provide and support a range of activities for people with special needs and those who work with them.

Yorkshire Young Musicians

Leeds College of Music

A Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) under the DfE's Music and Dance Scheme, which enables specialist young musicians in the region to benefit from the highest quality tuition in their locality , rather than having to travel long distances or go away to school. Yorkshire Young Musicians provides specialist tuition, classes to develop musical skills and opportunities for playing and communicating with like-minded friends. Set up through a partnership between Opera North, Leeds College of Music and the Federation of Music Services and supported by the DfE's Music and Dance scheme (with fully-funded places available), the scheme aims to benefit children throughout the Yorkshire and Humber region.



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