Access to Music is the UK’s leading popular music college offering learning and employability for all ages of UK and international students.

Our Mission Statement is:

Access to Music develops a student’s creativity, intellect and vocational ambition through broad, relevant engagement with music and music-related curriculum.

Since 1992 Access to Music has provided quality music training to thousands of musicians across the UK, while also equipping them with valuable employability and life skills.

Access to Music has an expanding network of music centres and is looking to branch out through the British Isles and into Europe. It develops bespoke music curriculum with Rockschool, the UK’s only popular music awarding body, and  with UK universities and conservatoires. It currently employs around 150 people.

Access to Music has a real presence in the music industry which provides Access to Music students with the opportunity to engage safely in industry practice.

From 2014, Access to Music is branching out into Digital Media courses designed for artists to gain the skills to effectiveley promote themselves using multi-media.


In April 2013 Access to Music was awarded a 'Good" grade in a full Ofsed inspection. Inspectors praised tutors saying 'Learners benefit from teachers’ excellent vocational expertise and knowledge of the music industry. Teachers draw on their extensive experience which helps to engage and motivate learners by making informed anecdotal comparisons with real life experience. Teachers are well qualified and experienced; many are current practitioners in the music business'. They added 'A strong culture of mutual support and respect exists' and 'Learners enjoy their learning and demonstrate good collaborative skills. Learners acquire a good knowledge and understanding of music and technology'.

Access to Music has also been awarded Grade 1 Outstanding by the Indpendent Schools Inspectorate (December 2012). They found that 'course provision, teaching and learning are outstanding and exceed expectations'.


Access to Music is proud of its close association with a number of outstanding artists and producers in the music and entertainment industries. To view our patrons click here.