Bristol children to experience music tech programme

Education programme developed by Bristol Music Trust and Renishaw rolls out to more schools after a successful trial

The Bristol Plays Music Technology Lab brings together music technology, engineering, electronics and coding to support the music curriculum, offering seven to 11 year old children huge variety in their learning.

Pupils at nine schools will take part in the interactive sessions. During the ‘Beat Lab: Conductive Music’ session, students will design and build their own electronic instruments using soldering irons, conductive ink, wearable computers and even fruit and vegetables. 

Phil Castang, Head of Bristol Plays Music, said: “We want to encourage and inspire young people with music so that it supports aspects of their wider learning, like science and technology. Feedback from teachers and pupils in schools where we held the trial was excellent. The next step is to roll out to nine more schools so that we reach over 720 children by the end of the year.

“Developing music participation in creative ways is part of our wider ambition to help make Bristol the UK Capital of Young People’s Music.” 

Hilary Dunford, teacher at Illminster E-ACT Academy, one of Beat Lab’s pioneer schools, said “This is a great opportunity for our pupils to learn new skills at the same time as having fun. This course will prove very useful in gaining an understanding of a wide variety of different careers.” 

Sir David McMurtry, Chairman and Chief Executive of Renishaw plc, who are sponsoring the Lab, said: “The programme is supporting young people to take steps towards a rounded education, where science and arts combine in a creative way. Delivering scientific innovation is one of Renishaw’s core values and we’re delighted to continue the sponsorship of this fantastic opportunity for young people.”