About us


Music for Life is an innovative, not for profit organisation which was set up to support schools and parents across Cheshire 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.

Music for Life receives no public funding. As such, setting it up was a labour of love which necessitated the development of a totally unique, not-for-profit business model which could would meet the needs of schools, children, independent music tutors and parents and could do so on an “impossible” budget! This we have done through unwavering devotion and dedication of all involved in Music for Life to the ideals and aims of the project and this has enabled us to overcome a number of major challenges so far. We have never advertised services and schools, tutors and parents come to us because they can see we offer something special in terms of integrity, value for money and quality.

Our track record of success is now well established. Two national reports on the quality of school music services judged Music for Life to be an “Outstanding” service, exam results through the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music are consistently excellent, and the number of children who drop out of lessons is tiny. Many former students working as professional musicians or music teachers at the highest levels and many more simply telling us that their involvement in Music for Life was one of their most important formative experiences growing up. In fact, I now regularly come across children who are starting lessons with us whose parents learned with us themselves, and we have five former students working with us as music tutors themselves! How time flies…….!!

Alastair McWilliam (Director)