Bermuda’s Finest Music Lessons and More
A not-for-profit registered charity #483, the Bermuda School of Music was founded in 1978, beginning with the Dunbarton School of Music. This was followed by several mergers including that of the Bermuda Academy of Music and the Bermuda Conservatory of Music in 2001.
Offering the finest music education by a highly qualified local and international staff, the school provides instruction for children and adults in piano, organ, voice, chamber choir, youth choir, flute, clarinet, saxophones, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone / euphonium, tuba, guitar (classical and electric), percussion, drums, steel pan and violin, viola and cello. There are also classes in music theory, composition and jazz studies.
While a large number of our students are of school age, participants in our programmes include every age group, from infants to retirees.
The School holds true to its mandate of providing excellence in music education. Our faculty, staff and board members are committed to providing a rich and wide-ranging musical curriculum. If you want to explore your musical potential, refine already developed skills, or do something in between, we can find an instructor and instrument for you.
We believe that music is truly beneficial and should be made accessible to all. It was recognized that barriers, both financial and physical, were preventing students from participating in music lessons in Bermuda. In addition to offering bursaries, we created the Community Education Initiative. It began in 2003 with free Suzuki violin lessons being offered to all P1 and P2 students at Purvis Primary. The following year, the programme expanded to include all P1 and P2 students at Victor Scott Primary. In 2012 the programme was renamed Every Kid Can, expanding to included every student within Victor Scott Primary.
The Bermuda School of Music also offers a Mini Music Makers programme. This programme is currently being used within a number of Island nursery schools. During classes, children sing, dance, listen to music and use simple instruments to make musical sounds. It is an excellent introduction to music that helps prepare children to play instruments.
The Bermuda School of Music has a substantial group of committed adult students. Some have just begun their music education. Others are returning to instruments they studied as children. They appreciate not only the pleasure music can provide throughout life, but the health benefits as well.