About us


Music for Life is an innovative, not for profit organisation set up to support schools and parents in offering opportunities for young people to learn a musical instrument successfully and to inspire them to engage with music making throughout their school life and beyond. The scheme operates right across the whole of Cheshire, and has recently been invited by schools on the Wirral and in North Staffordshire to work as a key music partner to organise instrumental tuition.

Music for Life works in partnership with around 130 schools and 90 specialist instrumental tutors to teach more than 3,500 young people in school every week. Music for Life has done this without ever receiving public funding. Over a period of 21 years we have painstakingly built up our service one school at a time starting at Bishop Heber High School, Malpas, and our work has grown purely and simply by reputation and word of mouth. The result is that all these years on, we feel we can rightfully claim an impressive track record of success, something strongly endorsed by two independent evidence based reports produced in partnership with the Federation of Music Services and the Department for Education which both judged Music for Life’s overall effectiveness and value for money to be “outstanding”. (Read a summary of the report here.)

Many thousands of young people have now benefited from their involvement with us, with a significant number having gone on to become teachers or musicians themselves and we are in the privileged position of enjoying the enthusiastic support of many schools and music teachers who have worked with us for many years.

This long track record, combined with strong local support and independent scrutiny of our service resulting in such positive professional judgements, would indicate that there is considerable evidence to show that Music for Life really does offer something special. I hope you will find the information you need here, whether your child or school already works with us or whether you are considering the best way to offer instrumental tuition to young people.

Alastair McWilliam (Director)