Virtual Academy

Virtual Academy Music Lessons

Registration for instrumental lessons through the Virtual Academy is now closed for this term. We will re-open registration again later in the summer for lessons unable to take place in schools in September.

We will also be opening registration for our online Summer Academy activities at the beginning of July.

Please refer back to this page for updates.

We are very excited to announce that registration is now open for the NCIE Virtual Academy 

The NCIE Virtual Academy is an online music programme for disabled young people (age 11-25) and children in care (age 6 -18) in Bristol. It has been set up in response to the Coronavirus outbreak to give our existing and new participants continuing access to music making opportunities. We are currently able to offer weekly one to one music sessions free of charge.

If you already attend Flow Creative or Hope Creative we will do our best to pair you with one of your regular tutors. If for any reason this is not possible, we will match you with an alternative tutor with similar skills and experience. All our tutors are qualified, highly experienced and DBS checked.

Online Lessons

NCIE Virtual Academy online lessons are tailored to meet the specific needs and interests of each young person, so we will arrange a phone call with you before matching you with a tutor. You do not need to choose a specific instrument, although you are welcome to do so if you wish to, and you are not required to have specific musical equipment at home. Lessons could be creative and exploratory, or focus on developing skills, or a combination!

Online Lessons are held between 9am and 7pm, Monday – Saturday. You will be booked a slot of one hour, and you can agree with your tutor the length of time within this that works for your child. Lessons are booked in blocks of 10 and are provided free of charge for Children in Care and disabled young people.

To find out about enrolment eligibility, or if you have any questions, please email

Are Online Lessons good quality?

Online lessons will never replace ‘in person’ interaction but they can be very effective in the short term. We can discuss with you how to make this format work for the needs of your child.

Quality Assurance

Occasional lessons will be joined and observed by a member of the BPM team for quality monitoring and safeguarding purposes. A child’s social worker will also have the opportunity to attend any sessions should they wish to.

How does it work?

Online Lessons will be delivered on Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft Teams is one of the most secure video conferencing platforms. In addition, it is one of the best for privacy of personal information and safeguarding.

Once you have registered you will be sent a How to Guide for Parents/Carers, explaining how your tutor will schedule the lessons.

There is no additional cost to using Microsoft Teams for Online Lessons.

What do you need?

To join the NCIE Virtual Academy you will need the following:

  • Access to the internet with either a good Wi-Fi connection or a wired ethernet connection.
  • A minimum internet speed of 8 Mbps download / 1.5 Mbps upload. You can test your internet speed here.
  • A computer/laptop or tablet (iPad, Galaxy Tab etc) with a built-in camera or webcam with microphone for audio/visual. It is possible to use a smart phone but we don’t recommend it.

Join the NCIE Virtual Academy

You can enrol onto the NCIE Virtual Academy via the link below to Paritor.

Parents/Carers who already have a Paritor Live Parent account can re-enrol their child for lessons in the NCIE Virtual Academy.

Parents/Carers of learners new to BPM and NCIE will need to create an account before enrolling their child. When you sign up you will need to read and agree to the Virtual Academy Terms and Conditions and Code of Conduct.

Click here to enrol onto NCIE Virtual Academy