In this section of the site you can find out more information about the range of school based activities available from Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service, Music CPD for teaching staff, guidance for Headteachers on how to deliver quality teaching and learning of music, find specialist teachers, discuss performances and opportunities and access relevant school documents.
Make More Music
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Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub is a collection of local and national partner organisations and schools, working together to deliver the National Plan for Music Education. Throughout the year we work together on partnership projects, some of which are targeted and others which schools can apply for.
Examples of some of our unique partnership projects include:
Taiko Rhythms with Bullfrog Arts
Introducing Taiko to a wider school audience, including teacher training
Boys Noise singing project with Leicester City Football Club
Encouraging boys to find their voice through a link with sport
Orchestra Unwrapped Strings
A partnership with the Philharmonia Orchestra, bringing young people and professional musicians together
Projects are advertised via our Hub newsletter. To sign up to receive the newsletter, please register with our website here.
If you have a special music day or assembly, or you want to inspire pupils who are about to start a project, then a demo is the perfect choice. Two of our specialist instrumental teachers will come to your school and can deliver up to 30 minutes for each key stage (maximum of 1 hour in total), showcasing the instrument group through demonstration and performance. There are a limited number of sessions available, and they can take place in the first and last week of each term.
Many of our packages include instruments, however if you have an individual student who needs an instrument, they can hire one from LSMS. Hire prices range from £30.00 - £90.00 per year depending on the type of instrument.
If you need an instrument for a short period of time, or are an organisation wanting to use a number of instruments for a project or performance, please contact us to let us know what you need - we may be able to help!
Free instrument hire rates will be available to:
- Those pupils meeting the remissions criteria
- Those pupils receiving a LMCT bursary
For more information on instrument hire, please click here.
If you are not booking a WCET or Continuation project, but you have some individual pupils or a small group who would like instrumental tuition, then you need an Associate Teacher.
Our Associates are quality assured by the Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub who carry out regular lesson observations and offer training. All Associates are DBS checked and have attended Safeguarding Training.
You can contact our Associate Instrumental Teachers directly – Please click here to access contact information.
Progression through Ensembles
To support progression for pupils throughout their musical education, we offer a variety of music ensembles that rehearse on Saturday mornings and weekday evenings catering for all levels of instrumental players from the new starters to those very advanced pupils who play in our flagship Symphony Orchestra. These players are provided with quality, motivational and aspirational performances at the end of each term showcasing the repertoire they have been working on. Entry to the Junior Ensembles is by application whilst our Senior Ensembles require students to audition for a place to make sure they are placed in the most suitable group. We provide a network of buses from various points around the county and our older students are given the opportunity to tour abroad each year.
What can I Join?
To ensure there are no barriers to any child who wants to play in an ensemble, full fee remission is available to students whose families receive qualifying benefits.
New pupils playing one of the instruments listed below are given the first term of membership free followed by a 50% subsidy for the rest of the academic year. This also includes free hire of the instrument for the entire time you are a member of one of our ensembles.
All of our ensembles are supported by the charity Leicester-shire Music and Cultural Trust. Find out more about The Leicester-Shire Music and Cultural Trust here:
Find out more about each ensemble here:
Who is Area Music Leader for my School?
Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service work with Schools and other Partners to promote music making opportunities for all young people in Leicester and Leicestershire. To enable this, key members of staff – Area Music Leaders – are responsible for working collaboratively with Schools to promote, guide and encourage music provision in their designated area around the City and County.
If you would like to find out who your Area Music Leader is and how to contact them, please type your schools' name into the finder form below.