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SEND Schools

Welcome to the Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service SEND page

LSMS works closely with Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub partners to enable us to offer high quality music-making experiences to SEND pupils and ensure our pupils reach their full potential.

LSMS have highly experienced Lead Practitioners who, alongside their current school teaching role deliver bespoke LSMS in SEN schools and offer support to other SEN schools in Leicester City and Leicestershire.

We share updates and useful training at the termly network meetings. Please visit out Music Network Meetings page and book your FREE place using our online booking system. We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting.

LSMS strive to ensure there is equality and inclusivity at the heart of their work in music education. We are always keen to hear new ideas on ways to expand our work with SEND pupils. If you have an initiative that you would like to involve LSMS in please email LSMSteaching@leics.gov.uk

Please click on a heading below to access further information.

Get your SEND School Learning an Instrument / Singing

SEND Schools Music Technology

Lead Practitioners for SEND Schools

Leicester-Shire SEND Music Scheme of Work - Launch date: 25th April 2018.

To include a whole day of CPD, led by LSMS and in partnership with Transformance Music in using ipads to deliver the Music Curriculum.

Suitable for SEN schools & Mainstream Schools with a SEN Unit

Musical learning outcomes suitable to all ability levels
Activities adaptable to any theme or curriculum to support the children's learning
Examples of cross curricular teaching.
Teaching Resources
Linked to Sounds of Intent (although not a necessity)

The Launch day includes half a day of training in using ipads to teach music to SEN young people, led by Transformance Music.

If you teach pupils with SEN don't miss out on this fantastic resource.

Cost: The full day of training and all curriculum resources are FREE to all SEND Leicester City and Leicestershire schools, including schools with a SEND Unit.

Cost to schools outside of Leicestershire is £120.

To book your place, please click here

For further information email sarah.share@leics.gov.uk

Exciting New Initiatives for 2017-2018

Turntablism project
Ashmount School and Netherhall Special School are the first SEND schools to deliver the 6 week LSMS turntablism Unit of work to their pupils.

Shine Project
LSMS are working with partners; Transformance Music, Sinfonia Viva and Orchestra Live to create a model for in-school music ensembles. Four schools have the opportunity to work with professional musicians to form either an acoustic band or an ipad band. The project will culminate in pupils from all 4 schools performing at a large scale event in the Summer Term.

Birkett House School and Maplewell Hall School are working with Transformance Music to create ipad bands within their schools. They will use the LSMS SEND album "Where the River Flows" as a stimuli to create their own music, giving teachers the opportunity to learn how to lead an iPad band.

Two schools are working with the facilitator Jack Ross from Sinfonia Viva and Orchestras Live to create acoustic bands in their schools, again using inspiration from the album "Where the River Flows" which was originally facilitated by Jack Ross.

We look forward to the diverse sounds of the iPad bands and acoustic bands merging their compositions together on stage at the end of the project.

If you are interested in having support in setting up a music ensemble please contact us.

Music Technology Project
After the success of this project last year we are giving KS 3 & 4 pupils from a further 2 SEND schools the opportunity to visit Soft Touch Arts. Pupils will visit Soft Touch Arts and work with their facilitators to compose song tracks using music technology.

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.

For more information, please click here

Sinfonia Viva Music Tour, funded by Children in Need – Phase 1 of a 3 year project

In May 2017 a group of professional musicians from Sinfonia Viva went on a 3 day tour, visiting 6 SEN schools in Leicester and Leicestershire. They presented an interactive performance to each school, sometimes twice, so that all pupils in the school could be involved. LSMS funded workbooks and follow-on activities to be used in the schools, following the performance, to allow creativity to be built into the enable the pupils tobe creative based on

The 6 schools involved this year were:

Ashmount School
Nether Hall Special School
Forest Way School
Oaklands School
West Gate school
Birch Wood School

We are extremely pleased to announce that we have secured the funding to roll the interactive performance out to 12 more schools in the next 2 years so watch this space.

The feedback from pupils and staff has been very positive.

The excellent performance was well suited to the needs of all students. It engaged all pupils and allowed pupils to respond and the interactive sensory elements enhanced the performance.

Comments from teachers included:

"even those with short attention spans or challenging needs were able to focus."

"Demonstrates what a good communication aid music is and how it is accessible to all – will continue to develop alternative musical delivery within the SEN environment where 'playing' an instrument is open to many different interpretations."

"The event was great – it allowed a space and opportunity for pupils to interact with the music. The musicians were approachable and eager to interact with pupils. At the same time they took adult advice about how best to interact and at what times some pupils had had enough."

"The interaction with the members of the orchestra was fantastic. Our children benefitted from the resources used and a chance to see/touch the instruments."

"We really enjoyed seeing music being played loud- the children's responses were lovely. Definitely would like to experience something similar again if the opportunity arises."

"The children loved it, it was so nice to take time to watch their reactions and their interaction with the musicians"

Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub work with Hospital schools

Soft Touch Arts, in partnership with LMEH, have run a series of 7 sessions for the Children's Hospital School at Ward 3 focusing on composing original music, playing instruments in a band, using technology to record and produce music. The project concludes with pupils creating the art work for a CD cover and all pupils involved in the project receiving a CD of the recorded songs.

To find out more about the impact this project had on these vulnerable students please click on the evaluation report to read more.

If you would like to make a monetary donation to the Leicester-Shire Music and Cultural Trust to continue this work of supporting the well-being of young people through music please click here

To find out more, please click here to read the Ward 3 Hospital School project evaluation

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"

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

Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service are offering the exciting chance for a teacher 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.

For further information, please click here.

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 Schools Song Album - Where the River Flows

Alternatively, if your school is already singing with us and you have pupils who would like individual singing lessons, either at home or in school, then why not download our list of Associate Instrumental Teachers.

If you have students who would like to join a choir, please look at our Singing Opportunities Page.

Leicestershire Music Teacher Forum


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  • Arts
  • 70th Logo
  • Music And Culture
  • LCC
  • LCC 2
  • 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