Workshops & Masterclasses

The Cornwall Music Education Hub works with local and national partners to offer inspiring music workshops and masterclasses for both young people and music leaders. 

Develop your songwriting skills! A fully funded online programme for young songwriters in Cornwall

The world’s music industry is working from home at the moment!  Lyricists are collaborating with instrumentalists, producers are working with singers and everyone is learning how to use the technology that they have available to them to make great music online.  We at Cornwall Music Education Hub are doing the same thing!

The Hub’s record label, Kevrenna Records, provides an online platform for young musicians, lyricists, story tellers and poets to work together and we will be running a series of online workshops to support the process.

Following the great work of our first cohort of Songwriters, we will be running another programme of 6 one hour online sessions where you will be able to develop your songwriting skills, starting on Tuesday 7th July:

7th July at 11.00 - Session 1. Developing a concept. We’ll be looking at ways to create a character and a narrative to inspire the song writing process. With a keen focus on identity and empathy we’ll be laying the foundations for writing lyrics.

10th July at 11.00 - Session 2. Lyric writing. We’ll be using identity and narrative to inspire our lyrics. Generating lyrics that fit with the tone of our character and progress the narrative whilst still being in the moment.

14th July at 11.00 - Session 3. Rhythm and melody from lyrics. We’ll be looking at ways to use our characters identity and mood to inspire rhythms, time signature and top line melodies. With a focus upon melody and harmony we’ll be creating the main hook of the songs.

17th July at 11.00 - Session 4. Building your demo.  We’ll be playing with emotional ideas that will help to develop the narratives and harmony within your song. From scale degrees, to counter melodies, we’ll be simplifying some core musical concepts and applying them to demo construction. We’ll also be looking at technology and how to use devices to capture your ideas.

21st July at 11.00 - Session 5. Production.  Using DAW’s, samples, loops, midi instruments and live recording techniques to develop your finished song.

24th July at 11.00 - Session 6. Production continued. Sharing ideas within the group and suggesting ways to develop the music further. From double tracked vocals to poly rhythms we’ll find ways to make your verse groove and your chorus jump out.

To book a place on this programme (all 6 sessions) complete and submit this online consent form.  Please note that places are limited to 12 per programme.

Sessions are only available to young people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, aged 11-19.  Young people under the age of 18 must have parental consent to participate.  


Online Music Theory Sessions

Patrick Bailey, the Hub's Secondary Support and Progression/Ensemble Lead, will be offering two online Music Theory courses. Each course will be a block of 4 sessions:

Introduction - Grade 2-3 Course

Introduction and first levels of theory. Patrick Bailey will be offering four online webinars where he will introduce the early stages of music theory. Good for year 9 and 10 students on GCSE or BTEC who would like to gain an understanding of music theory including:Basics of Notation; simple and compound Time Signatures; simple Major and Minor Keys; Rhythm writing.

Some homeworking will be set after each session.

Course dates: Fridays June 12, 19, 26, July 3 10.00-10.45am

Intermediate Grade 4-5 Course

More advanced theory for year 9, 10 and 11. For year 11 students about to go into year 12 on a music course this would be a great chance to get your theory ready for the next step!

Sessions will include: C clefs (alto clefs); Ornaments, Chords and some Transposition

Places are limited to 8 people per course. 

Course dates: Fridays June 12, 19, 26, July 3 11.00-11.45am

Bookings should be made through Eventbrite via the links above


Online Music Sessions for Young Musicians

NEW** Loft Room Sessions, Fridays 12:00 – 12:45

Emma Trend, freelance music educator, conductor and multi-instrumentalist, specializes in leading mixed-ability, inclusive instrumental ensemble music. Emma has created many new ensembles with young people and is currently Artistic Associate with Orchestras for All, a national music education charity which creates large ensemble opportunities for young people. Emma will be working with the Hub to set up a new folk/world ensemble for young people in Cornwall, after the lockdown.  In the meantime, Emma will be delivering some high energy music workshops for young musicians. 

To find out more about the sessions, check out Emma's introductory video on YouTube

Session 1 Friday 15th May 12:00 – 12:45

Session 2 Friday 22nd May 12:00 – 12:45

Session 3 Friday 29th May 12:00 – 12:45

About the sessions

To receive Zoom meeting invite, please complete form at

Other Non Hub Opportunities


Online Beatboxing Workshops with Shlomo

Homeskool Beatbox Adventures is a weekly livestreamed interactive show with Record-breaking beatboxer SK Shlomo to help young people and their families to find their voices and create their own music -

WATCH LIVE: every Thursday 2PM BST or on Shlomo's Facebook page -

Weekly special guests including KT Tunstall, Bill Bailey, Basement Jaxx, Jason Mraz, Bastille and BBC Radio 1’s Dr Radha.

Apply to be on the show's Zoom-Room (our virtual studio audience) 👉


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