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Summer Schools: Sound Bites

Ages 11+ | Grade 3+

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Young jazz musicians play together

Join us this summer holiday for our bitesize music sessions helping you explore new musical styles and sounds.

Try a new music style each day – develop your skills, explore new ways to play, make music together.

Sound Bites consists of 4 workshops, including Live Soundtracks, Latin, Klezmer and Blues.

Suitable for students Grade 3+

Open to all instruments

PLEASE NOTE: You can register to attend individual days. To attend the whole week, please register for each day separately

Places on this summer school are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Once a child has been registered for any of these activities, they will be placed on a waiting list.

About the Sound Bites Workshops

This 4-day programme can either be booked as single days or you can book for the full 4 days.

This week is aimed at students who are already playing an instrument and are Grade 3+ (or have been playing for at least 3 years). Each day will focus on a different genre of music, allowing students to experience a broad range of musical styles.

These workshops are open to all instruments and students should bring their instrument with them.



Tues 30 Aug – Live Film Soundtrack Workshop

During this workshop, students will collaboratively compose a live soundtrack for a short film excerpt using a variety of instruments/percussion and sound effects. Participants will analyse the film and use simple compositional tools, chance, and improvisation to produce an effective live score to be performed alongside a projection at the end of the session.

Wed 31 Aug – Klezmer Workshop

Klezmer is the rousing music of East European weddings and festivities. Both fast and furious with also moments of incredible beauty and sadness. Join this workshop to try something new, play together and learn from our friendly tutors.

Thurs 01 Sept – Latin Workshop

Explore the rhythms of Latin America with our specialist friendly tutors. Discover new styles and play your instrument in new ways in this Latin Workshop. The day will culminate with a short performance to share the skills learnt throughout the day.

Fri 02 Sept – Blues Workshop

This workshop will explore the blues and its origins in South America, including 12-bar blues, chord progression and improvisation and will finish with a short performance to share what the group has learnt.

Listen and explore

Want to know what to expect in each Sound Bites workshop?

Listen to examples of what you might play and hear in the sessions in our Spotify playlist:

  1. Film Soundtrack: He’s a Pirate (From the soundtrack to Pirates of the Caribbean) – Klaus Badelt
  2. Klezmer: Papa Chajes – Amsterdam Klezmer Band
  3. Latin: La Vida Es Un Carnaval – Celia Cruz
  4. Blues: The Thrill is Gone – B. B. King


Music is for everyone, regardless of background or circumstance. Bristol Beacon offers a variety of bursaries and subsidised instrumental opportunities for children and young people in Bristol schools.

Find out about our range of bursarieseligibility criteria, how to apply and start your musical journey with us today.

The venue

Beacon Music Centre

Getting to the venue

Location: Beacon Music Centre is located on Stanton Road in Southmead.

Address: Beacon Music Centre, Stanton Rd, Bristol BS10 5SJ



Bicycle racks are available in the Beacon Music Centre car park to the left of the main entrance. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.

Car parking:

Beacon Music Centre has an on-site car park which is free to use for visitors.

Bristol Clean Air Zone

Beacon Music Centre is outside the Bristol Clean Air Zone. View a map of the Zone and check if your vehicle will be charged.


The nearest bus stop is Pen Park Road a short distance (200m) away.

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Beacon Music Centre is an accessible space, with level access and ramps throughout.


There are accessible toilets in the centre.

Assistance Dogs

Registered assistance dogs and emotional support animals are welcome.

Hearing Facility

There is no induction loop facility at this venue.


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