Hands-On Music in Museums Project

Pitt Rivers Museum and the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments

Hands-On Music in Museums is a project delivering hands-on music education sessions for school children aged 9-18 at the Pitt Rivers Museum and the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments.

Workshops are offered to local primary schools, special schools, and secondary schools around Oxfordshire and surrounding counties. The programme includes:

  • a transition project for primary and secondary pupils in Headington, Oxford
  • workshops for GCSE and A-level music students on African Music, Javanese Gamelan and Music through the Ages (a historical overview of instruments, and the social and musical development of the orchestra from the Renaissance to the present day)
  • Music sessions for community and family audiences
  • Teacher training

These sessions are delivered both in the heart of the museums and in outreach to the schools, and provide a link between the museum collections and the school music curriculum. The project gives children an opportunity to play musical instruments from a range of historical periods and cultural traditions, and develop their musical skills and awareness of musical cultures.

If you are interested in finding out more about the project, please contact education@prm.ox.ac.uk