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A networked approach to promoting meaningful musical pathways for young Londoners facing challenging circumstances.

Lewisham Music Service

Music is an important part of children and young people’s learning. Every week we have over 5,000 young people in attendance throughout the borough and beyond. Instrumental and vocal lessons are provided in most of the borough’s schools as well as a wide range of lessons, bands and choirs and ensembles of all shapes and sizes in after school centres and the Saturday music centre. Lewisham Music Service is the lead partner in the Lewisham Music Hub, a new network of local and regional music organisations supporting music learning in and out of school across the borough and beyond for young people aged 5 to 18.

  • Organisation Type: Music education hub


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Three most commonly faced challenges

Economic deprivation, English as a second language, Special educational needs

Age of participants


Where the young musicians we work with live
  • Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark
Music activities and genres

Musical activities

Composition/songwriting, Improvisation, Instrumental tuition, Mentoring, Performance, Technology, Training, Untuned percussion, Vocal, Whole class instrumental lessons, Collaborative projects


African, Asian popular, Beatboxing, Caribbean, Contemporary classical, Country, Folk, Gospel, Hip Hop, Indian classical, Jazz & blues, Music theatre, Opera, Pop and Rock, Reggae, RnB, South American, Western Classical

Participants Recruited From

The most popular organisations young people working with Lewisham Music Service are recruited from:

Participants Referred To

Some of the common 'next step' organisations for individuals working with Lewisham Music Service:

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Definition of Indices of Multiple Deprivation

The Indices of Deprivation 2015 provide a set of relative measures of deprivation for small areas (Lower-layer Super Output Areas) across England, based on seven different domains of deprivation:

For more information see: - 2015 Statistical Release (PDF 1.5MB)