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About the Music Service

Slough Music Service is the local authority music service for Slough, based at the Slough Borough Council Offices, located in the heart of the town on Bath Road. We are funded by central government and supported by Slough Borough Council to provide enhanced musical experiences for children and young people in Slough.

We aim to offer tailored services to meet the needs of each young musician, school and teacher in Slough, in line with the priorities of the local authority and central government. We achieve this by working closely with schools to deliver an integrated programme of vocal and instrumental tuition, a range of supporting workshops and events and training for teachers and other adults and young people.

Some of this work is delivered directly by music service staff, whilst we place significant importance on enabling school-based staff and young music leaders to deliver music at a level appropriate to their skills. We also work with local and national partners to offer a broad range of opportunities for all.

We are supported by Slough Borough Council in our strategic planning and day to day business activity. We also benefit from the advice of the music service steering group comprising music leaders and head teachers from primary and secondary schools in Slough as well as representatives from our arts partners in the area.

Our key aims are:

  • To provide creative, inspiring, life-long musical experiences for all in our community
  • To develop and support exceptional music leaders for teaching and learning in the 21st century
  • To meet and value the needs and aspirations of every young musician in Slough
  • To enable and encourage every family in Slough to be a musical family
  • Our ethos is underpinned by the principals and values of Creativity, Sustainability, Diversity and Individuality

How we achieve this: 


  • To ensure every child aged 5 to 18 has the opportunity to learn how to play an instrument (other than voice) through whole class ensemble teaching programmes for ideally a year (but at minimum 1 term) of weekly tuition on the same instrument.
  • To provide opportunities to play in ensembles and to perform from an early stage.
  • Ensure that clear progression routes are available and affordable to all young people.
  • Develop a singing strategy to ensure that every pupil is singing regularly, and that choirs and other vocal ensembles are available in the area.
  • Offer CPD to school staff, particularly in supporting schools to deliver music in the curriculum.
  • Provide an instrument loan system with discounts or free provision for those on low incomes.
  • Provide access to large scale, and/or high quality music experiences for pupils, working with professional musicians/venues. This may include undertaking work to publicise opportunities available to schools, parents, carers, and students.
  • After School clubs
  • Holiday and Food Programme (HAF)
Slough has an exciting, vibrant and diverse community. Creativity leads our ethos, keeping us at the leading edge of music development locally and nationally.

In response to the governments restructuring of music education in 2012, Slough Music Service is the lead organisation of the Slough Music Education Hub. This network brings together organisations and individuals who deliver music services to children and young people with those who use our services, from schools, teachers and students and those in our community who benefit from the power of music. For more information about the hub, please go to the dedicated hub pages .