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Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice, including help if you are struggling financially

Dorset Music Service during COVID-19

At Dorset Music Service (DMS), along with the rest of our Dorset Council colleagues, the health and wellbeing of our pupils, staff, school colleagues and the wider music education community is our highest priority.

This is a fast-changing and difficult situation for us all and we aim to support our music-making community as best we can. We thank you for your patience and understanding so far.

Cancelled music sessions

We've had to stop the following with immediate effect:

  • face-to-face delivery of instrumental tuition
  • ensemble rehearsals
  • weekly Beginner Friendly Groups (BFG) gatherings

We're currently exploring how quickly we can offer an online alternative and connecting with national partners to share best practice and safeguarding guidelines to make sure this is effective and safe for all involved.

If you're a current DMS tuition customer who'd like to take up our offer of online support with resources and tuition (where we can) email us at DMS with your child's name and school and we'll contact you as soon as we can.

It is really important when learning an instrument to engage in playing opportunities aside from regular weekly lessons and practise. Dorset Music Service works with a wide range of partners to provide opportunities for playing right across Dorset.

County Music Groups

We provide high quality musical experiences to students of all ages across Dorset, Poole and…


Local music groups in Dorset

There are many ensemble opportunities for beginner musicians in music groups across the county.


Dorset Youth Creative Ensemble

Dorset Youth Creative Ensemble has been cancelled for 2020 but will return in 2021.

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