ACM is proud to work with local schools, Surrey Arts and Culture Box to support attainment raising and use music to address young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Tuning In is a project established as a part of ACM’s Access and Participation Plan. ACM aims to raise young people’s aspirations, support their skills development, and provide them with an opportunity to learn what it is like to study for a degree in music and to work in the music industry.

Tuning In consists of 2-3 workshops delivered by ACM expert staff and students, and a professional recording session in our SSL studio. The workshops are focused on using the medium of music to develop a variety of professional skills and support mental health and wellbeing. The activities include songwriting, musical composition, performance and studio recording. As part of the project participants write and record a song and experience working with professional sound engineers, and music producers. They are supported by ACM staff and student mentors.

ACM is also willing to offer other types of attainment raising workshops (i.e., aspirational workshops, game design workshops, Admissions Advice and guidance). These should be discussed and agreed with Tuning In coordinators (Please email for more details).

All schools interested in participating, are advised to email or (Guildford Campus, London Campus), (Birmingham Campus). Individuals who would like to sign up for this project are advised to contact

We particularly encourage schools with large groups of students from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds. The schools selected for the project will be contacted for individual planning and consultation sessions (online).

Please note that the project usually runs from September to December each year and is regularly evaluated by ACM to ensure improvements and positive outcomes for the participants.

If you want to know more, please have a look at the YouTube Playlist below which includes our Tuning In Film, Promos and the songs created in previous editions.