Music Education Services

Edsential Musical Routes


The Edsential ‘Musical Routes’ Education Hub supports young musicians’ development by providing high quality music education and musical opportunities. Drawing on the inspirational skills of our broad range of musicians and music educators, we create a clear strategic vision and exciting musical progression routes for young musicians.


We aim to ensure that every child and young person across the Wirral, Chester & Cheshire West from the age 5 to 18 has access to whole class instrumental learning, first access programmes, ensembles, progression routes (tuition & exams), singing, continuing professional development (careers fairs), instruments and inspirational experiences.


We believe music should be affordable and accessible to all which is why we offer bursaries so that all children can receive the same opportunities to participate in music.


Edsential’s creative music-making programme for EYFS and Key Stage 1 Children in school settings.

Edsential’s music schemes, events, PPA and training for Key Stage 2 and 3.

Edsential’s extensive range of music services and products geared to your needs.

Please use the Music Service Portal to make an enquiry about music lessons or music groups in our Music Centres, make bookings, payments and receiving updates.

To support with the continuation of Music Education during COVID-19 measures we’ve taken our Music Instrumental Learning online.

Are you a young person looking to learn a new instrument or make new friends by joining an ensemble? Click here, to browse our new page where you can meet the music tutors, watch videos and take part in interactive games!

Our music centres encourage a passion for music in a safe and friendly learning environment. We provide music lessons and ensembles for beginners to advanced level and offer an affordable membership.

Our Partners

Future Yard

Future Yard is an exciting live music venue on the Wirral, providing live industry training and a regional hub for artist development. Future Yard hosts our New Noise Music Centre, a hub for young people aged 14-16 to experiment across a range of instruments and music-making techniques. We work in partnership to deliver careers fairs for our students.

Out of The Ark

Out of the Ark is a leading supplier of music resources such as musicals and song lyrics for children in the UK. Out of the Ark provide songs for our Vocal Strategy projects, including our Unite for Ukraine campaign where schools learnt a selection of songs to sing at the Royal Cheshire County Show. They also supply the songs for our Sing the Christmas Story event as Chester Cathedral. 

The Hallé

Come and Play with The Hallé provides a fitting culmination to our First Access programmes reaching up to 2000 children (in partnership with Sefton LA). It is a unique series of concerts specially designed to offer thousands of children on the Whole Class Ensemble Teaching programme the opportunity to play and sing with an international symphony orchestra, both at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and in other national centres. 

Music Mark

Music Mark leads, represents and supports the highest quality music education for all children and young people. Through Edsential, schools can be awarded the Music mark membership if they complete their annual ‘In School Curriculum Assesment’ review. INCA enables Music Co-ordinators/Heads of Music to pull together vital information about their music provision so that we can develop an action plan. 

Merseyside Music Education Hub Alliance

We are part of the MEHA. We work together strategically to raise funds and develop partnership work in order to bring best value to the local offer for young musicians. 

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society provide concerts and youth ensembles to students in the local area.

Manchester Camerata

We have sponsored Manchester Camerata for 2 years to lead the Hidden Histories Project. The project explores composers of the past who have been underrepresented and gives students the creative range to come up with their own narrative through experimenting with different instruments and musical ideas. At the end of the project, all schools taking part will get to attend a prestigious Camerata Concert and experience in-person the Orchestra perform the music they composed.


Charanga is a cloud-based resource that brings together great music, modern pedagogy and the latest educational technology. Schools purchase Charanga subscriptions through the Music Education Hub and access a hub-branded Charanga portal. Charanga delivers free training to teachers in the hub area who want to learn how to use the platform. 

Trinity London

Edsential Musical Routes delivers the Ccertificate for Music Educators Qualification validated by Trinity London, the leading international exam board for communicative and performance skills in music. 

Sound City

Sound City runs Music Festivals for young people with a focus on providing training opportunities and careers advice for young people within the music industry. They invite our schools and students to careers fairs. 

Live Music Now

Live Music Now connect with people experiencing social exclusion or disadvantage, working together to create engaging, interactive, evidence-based live music sessions that meaningfully enhance health and well-being. They have provided live-streamed performances to special schools in our area during Lockdown and beyond.?

Score Creative Education

We commission Score Creative to deliver our music production online course and lessons for music students.

Music for Life

Music for Life delivers core roles for the Music Education Hub including
an ensemble, Cheshire Youth Music for Life Jazz Orchestra. Offering students’, the unique opportunity to be part of a jazz band.

Live Music Now

Live Music Now has provided live-streamed performances to special schools in our area during Lockdown and beyond.

Inclusion Strategy

The Edsential Inclusion Strategy sets the foundations to build an inclusive music education culture where all children and young people are valued and recognised for their unique qualities, ideas, voices and perspectives and where they can see the hub as providing a range of diverse and suitable musical opportunities and progression pathways.

Musically inclusive practice ensures that all children and young people who want to can make music. It can only happen by embracing a wide range of genres and styles, supporting participants to achieve social and personal outcomes as well as musical ones, and having a music education workforce which can work with young people of all backgrounds, needs and interests.


Edsential’s Strategic Priorities:

1 Inclusion is embedded across the hub area. The hub has worked with a range of partners to develop a strong collective vision for inclusion across the two local authority areas.

2 Cultures, policies and procedures are created to enable the inclusion strategy to succeed.

3 The hub team and other deliverers have appropriate and sufficient skills knowledge and understanding (i.e. an inclusive mind-set) to deliver musically inclusive practices and appropriate musical and creative development with all children and young people

4 There is a widely held perception of the hub as one that embraces and foregrounds inclusion and diversity. The hub has engaged with schools and parents to advocate for the positive benefits of musical inclusion and has used a partnership building approach to engage community groups. In addition the hub has reviewed and updated its communications and website with regard to inclusion

5 The hub has engaged in sustainable ways with new groups of children in challenging circumstances through a substantial out of school and out of school hours programme

6 The offer for children with SEND has been expanded, with some emphasis on performance, recording and celebratory opportunities.

7 The hub will have developed new work with young people at risk of mental health challenges

8 Data is used as a driver for inclusion.

9 There is an increased emphasis on a move to long-term engagement in music and a culture of progression for all children.

10 Monitoring the quality of inclusion across the hub is embedded and influences future strategy.

11 The ensemble programme and the role of music centres have been critically reviewed and updated, looking at purpose, philosophy and pedagogy, take-up, progression, location, on-line etc., in order to further develop inclusion and progression for all children and young people.

These strategic priorities will be achieved by the end of a four year action plan. For more information about Edsential’s Inclusion Strategy please email