Virtual Academy

Welcome to Bristol Plays Music’s Virtual Academy

The BPM Virtual Academy is a an online music lesson programme created in response to the coronavirus outbreak to give existing and new music students individual music lessons.

If you already have lessons with a Bristol Plays Music tutor, either in school or at one of our music centres, we will do our best to pair you with your regular tutor. If for any reason your regular tutor is unavailable, we will do our best to find an alternative tutor from the BPM faculty. If you’re new to BPM, all our tutors are qualified, highly experienced and DBS checked.

Online Lessons

Virtual Academy online lessons are available on most instruments (subject to tutor availability) and for children and young people of all levels (excluding absolute beginners) and ages 7-18.

Online lessons might not be appropriate for all 7 and 8 year olds. Lessons will be 20 or 30 minutes long and delivered individually. We recommend a 20 minute lesson for primary age children and 30 minutes for secondary age children.

Online Lessons are held between 9am and 7pm, Monday – Saturday.

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

Cost of Lessons

Lessons are bookable in blocks of 10, and payable in advance. Prices are inclusive of administration fees and VAT.

Lesson 20 minutes 30 minutes
1 student, 10 lessons £100.00 £150.00


Children of Key Workers, children in care and families financially impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for fully subsidised online music lessons via bursary places, subject to funding.

You must claim this remission when registering on “Live Parent” and send evidence of eligibility to , for example by providing a copy of a letter from your employer or copy of an ID card.

If your child has already received funding from the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) and your school has agreed this can be used for music tuition, please ask your school to contact us with details of the bursary before you enrol. You should discuss this with your school before commencing the online enrolment process.

Are Online Lessons good quality?

Online lessons will never replace ‘in person’ interaction but they can be very effective in the short term. Many advanced musicians teach online in order to have an international reach.

Quality Assurance

Occasional lessons will be joined and observed by a member of the BPM team for quality monitoring and safeguarding purposes.

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 and paid for your lessons 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 BPM 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 BPM Virtual Academy

You can enrol onto the 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 BPM Virtual Academy.

Parents/Carers of learners new to BPM 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.

Enrolment for the current series of lessons will end on Friday 5 June!

Click here to enrol onto BPM Virtual Academy