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New SEND Partner organisation - Transformance Music

Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub (LMEH) is excited to announce they have begun work with a new partner organisation, Transformance Music; a national leader of digital music-making.

Last term Transformance Music and LMEH worked in partnership on a project in two SEND schools titled "Playing with ipads to make music. What next?" The impact of the project has been excellent with practical staff CPD, music making for children and young people, sustainable teaching resources and video tutorials. Becoming Partners together gives both LMEH and Transformance Music the opportunity to further support disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils and develop and create more exciting music-making opportunities.

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Local Students join Creative Project with Sinfonia Viva Orchestra

Sinfonia Viva Returns To Leicestershire For Anniversary Project

East Midlands' professional orchestra Sinfonia Viva have launched a creative project at Dorothy Goodman Special School in Hinckley in the coming weeks as part of its 35th anniversary year celebrations.

Project leader Tim Steiner and musicians from Viva and Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service have been holding workshops at the school for around 15 pupils to help them create their own music using acoustic instruments and new technologies.

They will then perform this work for fellow pupils, family and friends at the school on June 15 and then as part of the Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service Summer Festival (Matinee Performance) at De Montfort Hall on June 21.

The project has been supported by Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service, Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub and Orchestras Live and is part of Sinfonia Viva's aim to enable more people than ever to experience creative music making.

Sinfonia Viva Education Manager Marianne Barraclough explained: "We have an excellent working relationship with partners in Leicestershire and are looking forward to returning to the county in our 35th anniversary year - building new links with staff and pupils at Dorothy Goodman School to help them further embed music and creativity into their school life."

Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service Specialist Leader in Education (Music) Sarah Share added: "Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub has a strong partnership with Sinfonia Viva which has led to collaborative projects that really open up new opportunities for the young people.

"We are looking forward to the performance at our summer showcase and sharing this amazing work with the audience"

For more information about Viva and how to support the Orchestra's education and community outreach work, please visit www.vivaorch.co.uk

FREE places on the Post Graduate Certificate of Sounds of Intent programme

Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service are offering the exciting chance for 2 teachers to benefit from a FREE place on the Post Graduate Certificate of Sounds of Intent programme, accredited by University of Roehampton. This course cost is usually around £2000, so this is a fantastic opportunity!

The one year part-time, postgraduate certificate is an internationally unique opportunity to be part of the most exciting new area of work currently happening in the field of music and special educational needs. You will be introduced to the 'Sounds of Intent' music-developmental framework and learn how to use the resources and assessment tool available through the website. The course has both theoretical and practical elements, and is assessed through essays, a portfolio of work and a placement. It is beneficial to music specialists and other professionals working with children, young people and adults, and is the first programme of its kind to begin to unpick and understand music development for those with disabilities.

The training takes place in Birmingham on Thursdays, predominantly in the Autumn term, with the remaining couple of sessions in the Spring and Summer terms. The majority of the work will be completed in your own setting.

Next steps:
To obtain the free place, you must be an active member of the LSMS SEN network, and apply in writing to sarah.share@leics.gov.uk stating your interest and how you, your school and your pupils would benefit from the opportunity.

Please include a letter of written support from your Head teacher.

Please note: The course requires case studies in your workplace and days off-site.

Successful candidates will be required to

  • Share their learning and findings with the LSMS SEN teacher network
  • Mentor a Leicester-Shire SEN practitioner on completion of the SOI PGCert.


This year the 2 free half-day CPD sessions that we offering are in the afternoon preceding the network meetings. Feel free to bring your lunch with you.

These are:

Wednesday 10th May 2017 1:00pm - 3:30pm.

This session will be a planning event.

Support and training will be given to strengthen SEND teachers in planning music lessons with clear learning outcomes. Teachers should then be more equipped with the knowledge and confidence to support non-specialist teachers back in their school.

Please bring to the planning session Medium term plans for a Unit of work that you would like support with.

Thursday 1st February 2017 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Training topic to be confirmed

These training sessions are free to attend but places are limited so please book.

for more information and to book a place, please email lsmstraining@leics.gov.uk

FREE Network meetings for teachers at SEND schools or schools with a Unit

These network meetings are Free of Charge and give teachers the opportunity to

  • keep updated about national, regional and local developments in SEND music education
  • discuss key issues facing colleagues in SEND settings
  • identify and share good practice, ideas and resources in teaching SEND pupils
  • network with colleagues who work in SEND settings

Wednesday 20th September 2017 3:45pm – 5:15pm

Wednesday 8th February 2018 3:45pm – 5:15pm

Wednesday 25th April 2018 3:45pm – 5:15pm

These meetings are free to attend but places are limited so please ensure that you book a place - please email lsmsTraining@leics.gov.uk

SEND iPad Project

We have come to the end of Phase 1 of the SEND ipad project, led by Ben Sellers - Associate Musician and Trainer at Drake Music and Peter, a Transformance Music facilitator with pupils at Nether Hall Special School. The project has been designed to engage with the highly diverse needs, strengths and musical tastes found in SEND schools offering pupils powerful new methods of playing, visualising, organising and manipulating music.

The project provided teachers with a 'toolbox' of ideas and techniques, enabling them to utilise se technologies with confidence and creativity whilst working towards curriculum and individual attainment targets. Each teacher that has worked with Ben has a bank of written teaching ideas to continue the work that Ben has been doing with the pupils.

We have evaluated the project against the expected outcomes and the project has fully met all the following outcomes. However phase 2 has been planned to exceed our initial outcomes and we look forward to delivered the project in West Gate School.

1. To give SEND pupils the opportunity to make music through the use of music tech

2. To allow for a CPD opportunity for LSMS members of staff on teaching iPads with SEND pupils

3. To have a project that could sustainably run out into further SEND settings over the following


The Phase 1 project involved

an observation day and meeting with teaching staff involved in the project.

5 x 1 hour sessions of composition and improvisation session with 8 SLD students.

5 x 6 half hour 'Explore' sessions with two PMLD students at a time.

This will be repeated for Phase 2.

Phase 3 of the project begins with a training day for all teaching staff who work in SEND schools in Leicester-Shire to developing their ability to use a 'toolbox' of technologies. The CPD will see the launch of a short series of videos that demonstrate the use of technology in response to a variety of needs and strengths which will be published online.

This phase continues as we work in other schools in Leicester-Shire in bespoke ways according to the schools needs. There are 3 options that schools have available.

  • Teachers can request the 'toolbox' of ideas and techniques and lead the ipad work themselves
  • LSMS can send in a SEND Music specialist to deliver a 1 day project in school and support teachers with using the technology in the 'toolkit' (There is a cost to the school)
  • Schools can buy in the ipad project, delivered by a SEND Music Specialist (There is a cost to the school)

For more information about this project or information about the training please email sarah.share@leics.gov.uk

SEND Schools Song Album - Where the River Flows


  • Arts
    Music Service
    Music And Culture
    LCC 2
  • Music Mark
  • Soft Touch Arts
    Awards for Young Musicians
    Orchestras Live
  • SoundLincs
    Transformance Music
    Spark Childrens Festival
    Leicester City Football Club Community Trust
    National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
  • The Mighty Creatives
    Leicester Cathedral
    Leicester International Music Festival


  • 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