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Miss T performs at the Trinity Presents Dance at Harbour Festival 2019. Photo Alastair Books / KoLAB Studios

Making Tracks is a life changing music making project delivered by Trinity, Basement Studios and ACE - we work with young people from all different backgrounds and ages, who may be struggling with confidence, behaviour, health, well-being or other personal circumstances.

We deliver 1-2-1 and small group music making sessions, tailored for individual need, in music production, vocals and instruments. Alongside this we also programme industry events, workshops and performance opportunities - we even connect young people with our live music programme, such as Q&A's with professional musicians.

Taking part in Making Tracks will help young people:

  • improve creative, expressive and technical musical ability and knowledge
  • build confidence, self-esteem and realise and aspirations
  • develop skills as music leaders, influencers, decision-makers and active citizens

If you're interested in getting in touch and would like to know more:

  • contact Dave at:
  • pop down to the Trinity Centre (Tues-Thurs 9am-5pm)
  • call us 0117 935 1200
  • visit or contact one of delivery partners: Basement Studios or ACE

Making Tracks is supported by Youth Music and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, as well as support from match funders.


Youth music making session with young people in Trinity's recording studio photo @Alastair Brookes

Step into your future

121 Drop in Sessions

We offer a variety of music drop in sessions drop in depending on each individual persons needs. Students choose what they would like to focus on, sessions include: drumming, guitar, bass, vocal tuition, Dj’ing and music production.

Small group referral sessions

We offer small group sessions to schools community organisations charities. We can design sessions to cater towards students needs. Previous group session include: junk percussion, African drumming, song writing and Dj’ing.

We also offer introductory taster sessions for vocal recording and song writing and instrumental techniques

“The song writing session that Dave from Trinity delivered last week has inspired her so much that she has gained the confidence to go to voice coaching lessons at school!” Tact Care Foster Carers


We offer students to opportunity to gain a Rockschool music qualification. Students can work towards:

  • Music practitioners level 1 awards in Production, composition, business and technology: 60 hours

  • Music practitioners level 1 certificate in Production, composition, business and technology: 90 hours

  • Music practitioners level 1 extended certificate in Production, composition, business and technology: 120 hours

These sessions are delivered as part of  "Making Tracks" a collaborative partnership between Trinity, ACE and Basement Studios.

Making Tracks is supported by Youth Music and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


A student performs at the Youth Music Summer sessions. Photo @Alastair Brookes

Who we work with

We believe that every young person should have the chance to learn through music.

Although any young person can attend our youth music courses, most (if not all) young people on our courses are facing challenging circumstances.  90% of people on our courses are or are risk of becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training).

"Dave and Al are always really supportive and assure me that I can use the session in whatever way best suits me at the time. It’s good to know they understand. That makes a lot of difference." Dimitri

We know that sometimes school doesn't quite work or, sometimes things are just really difficult, this is why we run tailored daytime 1:1 music sessions and group workshops.

Students can access our fully equipped music studio with kit including Logic Pro Studio 9 and Zed Allen and Heath live / studio production mixer.

All our sessions are delivered by our talented team of tutors who are always on hand to offer the time and expertise to help you thrive.

Referral partners

We work in partnership with pupil referral units, schools and organisations to provide regular support. Some of the organisations we work with are:

  • NHS Bristol and South Glos Mental Health Early Intervention Team
  • Catch 22  who supporting YP who are involved with criminal or gang activity
  • St Matthias Park School - Pupil referral unit
  • Bristol Futures Academy  who support young people experiencing social anxiety
  • Bristol Hospital Education Service  who offer support to young people experiencing mental health issues
  • Options / Evolve who work with young people with Autism

Join our courses

If you are a young person and you would like to attend a course you can give us a call on 0117 935 1200 and ask for Dave (he runs our youth music programme), or you can email or, if those options don't work for you, come down to see us (we are the massive old church in Old Market).

If you are looking to refer a young person then you can call us and chat to Dave or ping him an email  You may also want to look here for a little more information on our Youth Music Courses.


Students gather in the Fyfe Hall at one of the many music making opportunites at Trinity

Our journey...

In 2005, the Trinity Youth Music project began with just 8 students.

We now engage an average of 200+ students per academic year.

"My staff at St Matthias are extremely happy to have found this brilliant and rare session that has had a hugely beneficial impact upon the social and educational progress of our students. I can't rate the experience highly enough and can only commend the Trinity staff and their incredible understanding and patience in working with SEN students. Long may it continue!"

In 2016/17 Trinity worked with 202 young people; 55 through our partnership work and 147 young people from challenging circumstances, aged between 13-18 and up to 25 with additional learning needs.

In 2016/ 2016 we delivered over 170 sessions helping young people to develop skills and abilities, achieve RockSchool accreditations and re-engage with mainstream learning. Of those who we worked with from PRUs, 99% of young people returned to education.

Our training programme has previously included creative courses in Graffiti, Photography and, of course, Music.

Past courses have been delivered in partnership with Education Unlimited, City of Bristol College, Weston College and Youth Music.

We have also led workshops and courses as part of projects funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.

Click here to read more about our current offer.