We Change Lives Using the Power of Music
Music makes a huge difference to confidence, mental health and happiness. Support our charity and you’ll be supporting hundreds of disadvantaged children and vulnerable adults in Birmingham to learn new, valuable skills, boost their confidence and communication, and to feel part of a community.
Community For Those In Need
We provide opportunities for children and adults to be a part of a community. This is more important than ever during tough times.
Change Someone’s Life
Our free music lessons, ensembles and instrument loans make it possible for everyone, no matter what background, to find their passion for music.
Make a Real Difference
As a small, local charity, any donation, large or small will make a huge difference to us and help us make an even greater impact to people in Birmingham.
“A wonderful opportunity you are giving to adults. Congratulations on this amazing project.”
“I just wanted to send you a message to say how amazing M and my dad found Tiger Tiger – when I called my dad after work he was absolutely buzzing about it and it sounded incredible!! Both M and the other service user who went got so much from it. I had a tear in my eye when my dad was talking to me about it all and how much M communicated non verbally. I really hope it is successful for you all because it is such a wonderful opportunity you are giving to adults like M. I really hope there is one session in a half term so that I can go with M!!! Congratulations on this amazing project. Best wishes, E’“
EMILY – TIGER TIGER PROJECT PARTICIPANT
“I Just wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the opportunities the music service gave to me”
“More than anything this is just a thank you and a testimony to the music service and the staggering work you all do. I’ve just finished my first year of freelancing after graduating from the RCM and have been incredibly lucky to have performed with most of London’s major orchestras, including London Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Opera House, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and I’ve also been incredibly lucky to have played Principal Horn with English National Opera and London Chamber Orchestra. The further I progress in my career, the more and more I get back to thinking that I just wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the opportunities that the music service gave to me.”
JACOB BAGBY – MUSIC SERVICE PUPIL 2005-2012
our current projects
sfe free music ensembles
Every year, we bring together 2,000 young people from across Birmingham and form over 70 ensembles, specialising in a variety of instruments.
All of our ensemble members are nurtured and supported by our skilled professional tutors and conductors, developing their confidence and musical abilities.
Members will also take part in memorable performances on the stages of Birmingham’s most prestigious venues, celebrating their musical achievements to packed audiences.
We do not charge for our ensembles because imposing a charge would create an immediate barrier for many families who would struggle to afford these costs.
sfe music service
One of our main aims is to help bring more music to schools across Birmingham.
We do this by offering a variety of in-school services, including special workshops, music teachers for hire, annual reporting, assembly support, advisory visits and training courses.
We have wide-ranging capabilities so if there is something music-related that a school needs, chances are, we provide it.
Our Music Service is the go-to place for music provision in Birmingham and we work with 95% of schools.
why we do what we do...
At SFE, we know that music has a profound impact on people. Because we witness it every day.
Music has the power to improve mental health, to inspire and encourage, and to boost confidence and general happiness.
We have a vision to reach as many children and adults across Birmingham, sending them on a journey through music, regardless of their backgrounds or circumstances; music for all. We want to raise awareness and important funds to be able to reach more people, enabling change across Birmingham, through music.
Feel free to get in touch with us using our online contact form.
about services for education
Services For Education is a unique charity that uses the power of learning and of music to create and build confidence amongst children, young people and adults in communities across the West Midlands.
Formed in 2012, Services For Education delivers educational programmes to support the wider community to become the best people they can be, regardless of their background.
Services For Education Limited
Registered Number: 07739831
Registered Charity in England and Wales: 1148848
CE: Sharon Bell
Our charity is overseen by a dynamic board of Trustees:
Chair of Trustees: Sarah Smith
Trustees: Selwyn Calvin, Laura Williams, David Bolton, Paul Davies, Clive Stone, Joanna Cooney and Parmjit Singh.
We bring learning and music to life