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About us

The Tower Hamlets Arts & Music Education Service (THAMES) leads the Tower Hamlets and City of London Music Education Hub. It is part of Tower Hamlets Council.

Working with schools and cultural organisations, we provide music and arts opportunities for all children and young people who live or go to school in Tower Hamlets.

Nearly all schools in Tower Hamlets access instrumental and vocal tuition through THAMES with over 9,400 pupils currently learning musical instruments. Lessons are free to pupils and there is no charge for instrument hire. Schools also benefit from a large number of music and cross arts projects managed through THAMES.

THAMES also provides support for visual arts, drama, dance, film & media enabling THAMES to offer schools the very best cultural experiences in partnership with world class organisations. We are funded by the Department for Education (DfE) through Arts Council England (ACE).

We believe that there should be no barriers to accessing music and arts education and that all children and young people should be able to take part irrespective of circumstance.

Our aims

  • Enhance pupil achievement and attainment through music and the arts
  • Widen access to music and the arts for all young people
  • Encourage and develop all pupils' potential, enjoyment and creativity through participation in the arts
  • Develop pupils' confidence, motivation, self-discipline and self-awareness
  • Provide arts and music support for schools, teachers and pupils

What to know more?

Come and meet our team or find out about our policies and procedures.

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