Music school looks for partners to expand in Portsmouth

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This comes in a bid to boost music tuition across Hampshire.

One of the country’s most successful independent music schools is looking for franchise partners to provide tuition for budding students in Portsmouth.

Morningside School of Music has grown to accommodate more than 1400 pupils of all ages and 40 teachers from its base in Edinburgh.

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Now the school wants to expand from beyond the east of Scotland and extend its work in other UK cities.

Linda Boyd, Morningside School of MusicLinda Boyd, Morningside School of Music
Linda Boyd, Morningside School of Music

Its owners have appealed to music teachers in Portsmouth who are interested in setting up a similar enterprise.

Director Linda Boyd said the partnership opportunity could enable the creation of new schools in and around Portsmouth, and explore new methods of teaching including remote lessons on applications like Zoom and the use of artificial intelligence.

Anyone in Portsmouth interested in exploring a franchise with the school should visit www.schoolofmusicfranchise.co.uk.

Linda Boyd, director of Morningside School of Music, said:

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“We’ve spent more than two decades building this business in Edinburgh to become one of the largest independent music schools in the UK.

“If it can work in the east of Scotland it can work anywhere, and that’s why we’re keen to speak to music teachers and other business-minded people in Portsmouth to see what we can do.

“Children who are able to learn a musical instrument have then been shown to excel in numerous other social and academic areas.

“And we don’t stop at just learning, the ethos of the school is about getting out there to perform live too.

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“We have pupils of all ages and, since lockdown, more adults than ever have come on board to either learn something new or revisit an old hobby.

“These are opportunities that should be afforded to people in Portsmouth too and we’re keen to speak to anyone who we can support in leading that ambition.”