Our Foundation programme is where most of our younger students start, before progressing onto the Feeder Plus and Core programmes. Each programme offers more content and higher levels of teaching than the previous.



The Foundation programme offers:

    • Six unique workshops per year – two per term
    • Opportunity to participate in SWMS’ menu of genre and instrument short courses
    • A first taste of life at SWMS

South West Music School welcomes students from 8 years old. We welcome applications from every genre – whether you are baroque recorder player, a heavy metal drummer or a classical singer – we cater for all interests!

South West Music School do not look for specific grades; instead we look for musical talent and potential. Some of our students have achieved grades in multiple instruments, others are completely self-taught – what they have in common is a passionate and committed attitude to music.

The Foundation programme consists of six workshops per year – these are spread out over the academic year, typically with two occurring each term. The workshops are based in a central location within the South West. The workshops are varied and are all led by music industry professionals and talented artists. The workshops aim to develop talented young musicians’ skills through the exploration of different musical themes. Themes covered in previous workshops include songwriting and composition, rhythm, World music, vocal work, jazz, music for film and many more. We pride ourselves on our workshops being friendly, welcoming, fun, safe and educational.

The Foundation programme is open to young musicians aged approximately between 8 – 12 years, although account is taken of musical ability and confidence.

There is a cost for joining all South West Music programmes. The Foundation programme fee for 2017-18 is £360. Financial assistance may be available – please contact Simon on for further information.