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Leaders and participants in an RCM Sparks Family Create workshop

RCM Sparks

The Royal College of Music's learning and participation programme, RCM Sparks, provides inspiring opportunities for families, schools and young people to engage with music education. With RCM Sparks, fun and learning go hand-in-hand!

We run a series of public events and activities for schools at the Royal College of Music in South Kensington. Many of our events are tailored around full-scale Royal College of Music performances. We also offer a special programme for families and young people living in our local area. By partnering with other institutions, we are able to provide the benefits of music education where they are most needed in the community. 

Many of our activities are tailored for specific age groups and focus on the unrivalled bonding experience of music-making as a family. All of our work is based around clear learning pathways, which allow us to develop musicianship and learning skills in line with children's changing needs. 


RCM in top 10% among English universities for research promoting public and community engagement

The RCM is in the top 10% of English universities for research promoting public and community engagement in the first Knowledge Exchange Framework.

RCM Sparks digital toolkit supports families, schools and local community during lockdown

RCM Sparks has launched a new digital toolkit to continue its essential work with schools and the local community during lockdown.

Looking to learn an instrument?

If you live in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham or the City of Westminster, you have access to tuition and other initiatives provided by the Tri-borough Music Hub.

Tri-borough Music Hub services

In addition, the Royal College of Music provides a dedicated online service for members of the public, adults or children, who would like to learn how to play an instrument, how to sing, how to compose and those who would like to learn music theory.

RCM Online Teaching Service