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Primary Instrumental

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What’s on Offer?

Whole Class Ensemble Teaching (WCET)

From African drums and Brazilian Samba, to violins and trumpets, we offer a wide variety of instruments to suit each school and setting. Our packages can be learned using any of the following:
The overarching aims of WCET programmes are to support children in:
Brass (Cornet, Baritone, P-Bone)
Djembe
Flute
Guitar (Acoustic)
Indian Music Experience (Tabla, Sitar & singing)
Percussion (including Samba)
Recorder
Steel Pan
Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello)
Ukulele
Woodwind (Clarinet & Saxophone)
(NB - this list is structured in terms of the projects we can offer according to staff specialism).

Whole Class Ensemble Teaching (WCET)

WCET is a year-long programme that involves weekly instrumental lessons for whole classes (maximum 33 pupils) at a time. Designed for KS2, we aim to start with Year 4 pupils, however the programme is flexible. This ensemble approach not only allows more children to access instrumental learning, but also offers a whole class learning experience where children can improve their listening skills and develop their team work. Recent research by the UCL Institute of Education into WCET found that Head Teachers recognised the value of the programme in developing the 'intellectual, personal and social skills of the children'. A Head Teacher involved in the research said:

WCET has been a huge success at the school, the sound of Djembe resonates around
the school and when our year six children are combining their complex rhythms the
whole hall vibrates and it makes your skin tingle. Our children love it, it's the highlight of their week.

Covering a wide range of musical learning outcomes, WCET provides an excellent foundation of musical knowledge to all who take part and can really enhance the quality of music provision on offer within a school. In order to remain inclusive, WCET must be free to pupils in their first year of learning.

Lessons are 45 minutes long and there are a minimum of 33 lessons over one year. LSMS supplies the instruments, and if appropriate children can take them home to practise. We also use interactive resources, and where a school chooses to, these resources can be accessed by pupils at home. WCET projects are led by high-quality music leaders who support children in developing the musical skills and understanding necessary to meet many of the requirements of the National Curriculum for Music at Key Stage 2.

The overarching aims of WCET programmes are to support children in:

  • Developing their musical skills, knowledge and understanding primarily through performing but also in responding to music as composers, improvisers and listeners
  • Acting creatively and imaginatively in and through their music-making.
  • Expressing their musical ideas and feelings through making and responding to music
  • Reflecting on and evaluating their music making and knowing how to make further progress

At the back of this brochure, we have included our curriculum map (see pages 21 - 22), which sets out the planned learning outcomes for children who undertake a WCET programme and the foundational musical knowledge that underpins their musical and instrumental learning. The outcomes are divided into Core and Additional Outcomes which are mapped against the National Curriculum programme of study for music at Key Stage 2. It is anticipated that most children will achieve the core outcomes and any additional ones achieved will depend on the progress made by the child and/or the nature of the instrument and its context.

Large Group Continuation

After the first year of WCET, schools are encouraged to continue with whole class tuition. Continuation gives children the chance to consolidate their musical learning and really progress their instrumental playing skills. Arrangements such as lesson length and instruments are the same as in the initial year. If it is not possible for your school to completely fund the continuation year, then at this point schools can choose to ask parents to contribute to the cost if they so wish. To encourage this, why not invite parents in to school to see the initial year? They'll be amazed at the progress and enjoyment the children have made and many will be keen to see their children continue enjoying the benefits of music education.

Small Group Continuation

Supporting progression for groups of seven children or less that have already taken part in WCET or a Continuation project in a previous year. This option works really well for pupils in their third or even fourth year of learning. ABRSM Music Medals, an accredited assessment scheme, can be included to provide motivational goals and tangible rewards for the children. These are available on almost all instruments but please check when booking. Sessions are 30 minutes in length and schools can choose to ask parents to contribute to the cost if they so wish.

Performances for WCET and Group Continuation

Performances can be inspirational and motivational - working to raise pupil's selfesteem and sense of achievement.

We provide at least one in-school performance as part of the programme. This can be during the normal lesson time, or it may be possible to arrange a different time depending on your Music Leader's other commitments. Showcase and celebrate your pupils' musical talent by inviting parents in to school, or by performing to other staff and pupils.

You will also be offered the opportunity to apply to take part in a larger scale performance. This would be out of school time and involve joining with other WCET schools to create a massed ensemble. These larger scale events are often held in prestigious concert venues and will create forever memories and encourage progression for the children in your school.

After School Club

You can choose to offer a 30 minute music club, so children can extend their learning on their WCET or Continuation instrument. You might even have several different instrumental lessons in your school, and depending on the mix, an after school club could be a way to join them together in an ensemble or band.

Individual Continuation

These bespoke 1-2-1 sessions are tailored for the individual child and suit particularly able students and those who have been playing for a longer time. Designed for pupils who have already taken part in a WCET or Continuation project in a previous year, pupils can if they wish, work towards ABRSM Graded Examinations. Sessions are 20 minutes in length and will be taught on the instrument that is the specialism of your WCET music leader.

Charanga

Charanga is a digital resource for music teachers as well as an exciting on-line learning tool for children. Used by our specialist Music Leaders, Charanga supports instrumental learning through activities such as video, backing tracks, rhythms grids and many other games and activities. Schools that choose Charanga as an option when booking, also have access to 2 more exciting areas of this resource, Charanga Music World and Charanga Musical School.

The Leicester-Shire Music Curriculum for Primary Schools

LSMS, working with a group of city and county primary teachers, have developed a music curriculum resource pack for nonspecialist and specialist primary teachers. There are 6 units of work for EYFS to year 6 which include lesson plans with clear learning objectives, assessment strategies, resources with embedded sound files and video clips of the materials being used with pupils.
Schools that select this option will have access to:

  • A scheme of work that meets the requirements of the new National Curriculum for Music
  • 2 free training days on how to use the materials (normally £290)
  • Support from LSMS in delivering the new curriculum

Small Schools Offer

We understand the challenges that small schools face and so in order to keep music accessible to all pupils we can offer a 20% discount for small schools (150 pupils or less on roll & classes of 20 pupils or less).

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Partners

  • Arts
  • Music Service
  • Music And Culture
  • LCC
  • LCC 2
  • Music Mark
  • Viva
  • Philharmonia
  • Darbar
  • Soft Touch Arts
  • Bullfrog
  • Awards for Young Musicians
  • Orchestras Live
  • Pedestrian
  • SoundLincs
  • Transformance Music
  • Spark Childrens Festival
  • Leicester City Football Club Community Trust
  • National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain