Here at The Music Place, we believe in studying music for the pure joy of it, but there’s no denying that instrumental/singing lessons don’t half look good on those pesky University applications. Not only do music grades come with lots of juicy UCAS points, but they can also be a great option for the ‘activities’ section of your Duke of Edinburgh Award.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award has existed in some form since 1956 and is comprised of four different components across the bronze, silver and gold awards- the volunteering section, physical section, expedition section and the skills section. The award aims to develop well rounded young people with a plethora of skills at their disposal so is widely run in schools and colleges. The award aims to “help young people build life-long belief in themselves, supporting them to take on their own challenges, follow their passions, and discover talents they never knew they had. Because when you prove to yourself that you’re ready for anything, nothing can hold you back.”

So, you’ve joined a hip-hop class, started volunteering at your local cat shelter and can now be heard using words like ‘trangia’ and ‘hydration pack’ in preparation for the big expedition. Now all you need is a skill. Luckily, if ventriloquism, circus skills, yoyo extreme, rocket making, ship recognition, feng shui or pigeon breeding aren’t your thing (all real suggestions from the ‘ideas for activities’ section of the D of E handbook), we have you covered. Lessons at The Music Place are once a week and your teacher is able to sign off your D of E booklet when needed. You’ll have fun, learn a skill you can enjoy all your life, and you won’t have to go anywhere near a pigeon… it’s a win win!

Have a lovely week everyone!