About Teaching Music

Teaching Music is an innovative new portal to help you reflect and improve your knowledge, understanding and skills in music education. It is your space to access information, reflect on your practice, connect with others and contribute your own resources.

Teaching Music is available to all those involved in music education: teachers, community musicians, senior management and policy makers.

Teaching Music is funded by the TDA and managed by National Association of Music Educators (NAME) and Music Education Council (MEC).

The site is developed by Synergy – award winning innovators in education social networks.

How it works

My Page

When you register you will have access to your own profile page on the site with your own web address eg. www.teachingmusic.org.uk/johnsmith

This is where you can tell people about yourself, your organisation and your interests. This is where other people can find you on the site and leave you comments. You can also create blogs to keep people up to date with your learning and teaching. Only registered members will be able to see your details.

The Market Place

This is where you can browse resources and find lots of useful stuff.The site is full of resources created by other teachers and organisations. Each resource can be a mix of text, pictures, video, audio, downloads and links. You can also leave your own comment on any resource – so feel free to ask questions, suggest improvements or recommend things – we are all here to learn from each other.

My Library

When you find a resource you can add it to your own personal library on your page. Your library is visible to other other members so it helps you recommend things and share what you find. You can also add private notes to items you add in your library – so you can remember why it was so memorable in the first place!!!


As well as leaving comments on resources and other peoples pages you can also take part in forum discussion or start your own. This is a great way to discuss hot topics, or find out more about a subject. You can also add discussions to your library for handy reference.

Share your own stuff

Teaching Music is all about sharing knowledge and experience so we want you to share yours. You can create your own resources from your page. Don’t worry about the technology we’ve made it very simple for anyone to do. Read our Resource guidelines to get you started.

Commercial Users

Teaching Music welcomes contributions from commercial users but please read our guidelines for commercial users before posting any resources.

Musical Instrument Finance

We are delighted to offer the Arts Council funded ‘Take it away’ scheme. You can split the cost of any qualifying instrument into 10 equal monthly payments without having to pay any interest charges.

You can split the cost of any qualifying instrument into 10 equal monthly payments without having to pay any interest charges.

The aims of the scheme are:

  • To increase access to owning musical instruments for children and young people
  • To encourage participation in music making across a wide cross section of society
  • To support children and young people to develop their involvement and interest in music during and post-education
  • To engage and work with a network of specialist musical instrument retailers across the country who provide a range of support services to customers including information and access to tuition and opportunities for developing musicians

Customer eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a Take it away loan, customers must be:


an individual over 18 buying an instrument for a child under the age of 18
OR an individual aged 18-25 years and applying in their own right All applicants are subject to a credit check and must also:

  • Be a permanent UK resident
  • Be working at least 16 hours per week
  • Hold a bank or building society account capable of handling direct debit payments

Applicants using the scheme to buy an instrument for an ‘under 18’ will be required to complete a customer declaration confirming that the recipient of the instrument is a child. Unfortunately we are not able to support applicants aged 26 or over who are not using the scheme to purchase a musical instrument for an under 18. However, please ask your local retailer about alternative finance options that are available from V12 and can help you spread the cost of buying a musical instrument.

How does it work?

You can use Take it away to borrow between £100 and £2,000 towards the costs of your chosen instrument, and you can also include music stands, sheet music and other accessories within the loan.

You will need to pay a minimum 10% of the loan amount at the point of sale by debit or credit card (or cash/cheque with proof of identity). The rest is then paid back over 9 months (for goods of £100 – £2,000) in equal installments by direct debit.

There is no administrative charge or handling fee when you take out the loan, so you will never be paying more for your purchase than the ticket price Take it away can be used to finance an instrument that costs upto £4,000, however, the amount lent cannot be more than £2,000.

Example 1, a customer buys a piano for £3,500, the deposit has to be £1,500 leaving £2,000. Then the Take It Away can be Used to finance the remaining £2,000, where the repayments will be £222.22 per month for 9 months.

Example 2 a customer would like to purchase an instrument of £1,200 the minimum deposit required is 10% of the total purchase, in this case £120 followed by 9 monthly repayments of £120.

Please note that multiple Take it away loans cannot be used to finance the same instrument. Finance is subject to status, written details on request.