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Yamaha Class Band

Please find details of the Yamaha Class Band system below. Click the titles to expand information.

Concert Dress

Please note the Concert Dress for your Ensemble listed below. In most cases this is part of a students school uniform. Students are expected to wear Concert Dress at each performance.

LSSO & CONCERT ORCHESTRA
Boys
; black trousers, white shirt, black shoes and black socks, black dinner jacket (or school blazer without badges) and a bow tie.
Girls; black full length evening dress or skirt (at least knee length) with black tights, or black trousers with black blouse and black shoes.

WIND ORCHESTRA
Boys
; black jacket, black shirt, trousers, black shoes and black socks.
Girls; black full length evening dress or skirt (at least knee length) with black tights, or black trousers with black blouse and black shoes.

TRAINING ORCHESTRA
Boys
; white shirt, black bow tie, black trousers, black shoes and black socks.
Girls; White blouse, black skirt (at least knee length) with black tights, or black trousers, black shoes, black socks/tights.

JUNIOR CONCERT BAND & STRICTLY STRINGS ENSEMBLE
Boys
; Black trousers, white shirt, bow tie, black shoes and black socks.
Girls; Black skirts (at least knee length) or trousers with a white blouse and black shoes.

BIG BAND / SENIOR PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE / STRING SINFONIA / FLUTE CLUB
Boys
; black shirt, trousers, black shoes and black socks.
Girls; black full length evening dress or skirt (at least knee length) with black tights, or black trousers with black blouse and black shoes.

JUNIOR PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
Boys
; Black trousers, white shirt, bow tie, black shoes and black socks.
Girls; Black skirts (at least knee length) or trousers with a white blouse and black shoes.

Music Network Meetings

Agendas set for the interests of Primary Music Co-ordinators and Secondary Heads of Music.

Meeting objectives

  • To update colleagues about national, regional and local developments in music education
  • To discuss key issues facing colleagues over the next 12 months
  • To identify and share good practice, ideas and resources
  • To network with colleagues

Below are the dates for the Summer 17 term. All meetings are 3:45pm – 5:15pm.

Summer term network meetings
Hinckley – Tuesday 6th June 2017 - Lady Jane Grey Primary School, Wolsey ClOSE, Groby, Leicester LE6 0ZA
Coalville – Wednesday 7th June 2017 - Hugglescote Primary School, Hugglescote, Coalville LE67 2HA
South - Thursday 8th June 2017 - Greenfield Primary School, Gwendoline Drive, Countesthorpe, Leicester LE8 5SG
Loughborough – Tuesday 13th June 2017 - St Winefride's Primary School, Shepshed, Loughborough LE12 9QG
Melton – Wednesday 14th June 2017 - Ab Kettelby Community Primary School, Wartnaby Rd, Ab Kettleby, Melton Mowbray LE14 3JJ
South – Thursday 15th June 2017 - Kibworth High School, Kibworth Beauchamp, Leicester LE8 0LF
City - Thursday 29th June 2017 - Crown Hills Community College, Gwendolen Rd, Leicester LE5 5FT

Network meetings are free of charge but places must be booked.

To book a place please email LSMSTraining@leics.gov.uk

Supportive Conversations

At present we are starting the second phase of the supportive conversations with schools (please see the letter below). The supportive conversation is based upon the LSMS Music Quality Mark document (please see the document below) and dependent on the outcome of the conversation you may be awarded either a bronze, silver or gold LSMS Music Quality Mark award.

If you would like to be part of this second phase please download a copy of the RAG rating form below and email it to sarah.share@leics.gov.uk and we will contact you to arrange a visit.

SMEP - Supportive Conversations (MS Word, 107 Kb)

RAG Rating audit for Primary Schools (MS Word, 92 Kb)

RAG Rating audit for Secondary Schools (MS Word, 377 Kb)

LSMS Music Quality Mark (MS Word, 82 Kb)

Music Champion Headteachers

We would like to identify schools that are already achieving excellence in music and want to become a Music Champion Head teacher. This would give Head Teachers the opportunity to attend champion school Head teacher meetings twice a year, engage in supportive conversations with their Head Teachers about the quality of music teaching and the curriculum in their schools and get involved in Champion School events.

If you are interested in becoming a Champion School Head teacher for Music please download the information below and send an email confirming your interest to Sarah.Barton@leics.gov.uk

Music Champion Headteachers Letter

Leicester-Shire Scheme of Work for Music

Are you looking for a Scheme of Work for Music that

  • Is written for a non-specialist teacher
  • Contains detailed lesson plans
  • Has clear progression routes
  • Has assessment built into the lesson plans and teaching time
  • Contains all Resources needed to teach the Scheme
  • Can be adapted to be used with cross curricular links without losing the teaching of musical skills

The Leicester-Shire Music Curriculum is written by a group of Leicestershire teachers and meets all of the above. It is a free scheme of Work, accessible by booking on to The Leicester-Shire Music Curriculum for Primary Teachers training course in the 2016/2017 CPD brochure.

Free trial
Unit 1 – Pulse Year 5

Unit 1 Year 5 Pulse - Lesson Plans
Unit 1 Year 5 Pulse - Assessment Sheet

How much does it cost?

Subscription for the LSSO, Concert Orchestra, Wind Orchestra and Training Orchestra is £85.00 per term.

Subscription for the Strictly Strings Ensemble, Junior Concert Band, Big Band, Flute Choir, Senior Strings and Senior Percussion Ensemble is £46.00 per term.

A Transport Service is available for members of Saturday Ensembles. Full details are available here.

Subscription information for Area Centres can be found on the Area Centres Page.

Parents / Carers will be invoiced termly by email, or by post if no email is provided.

Endangered Species Instrument Discount

Do you play one of the instruments below?

Viola
Double Bass
French Horn
Trombone
Tuba
Oboe
Bassoon

For all new pupils playing one of these instruments, the first term of ensemble membership is free followed by 50% subsidy for the rest of the academic year – this also includes the free hire of an instrument for the entire time you are a member of one of our ensembles.

NB - This discount does not apply to Transport fees.

Why not take up the Bassoon?
Watch our short film below for more information

About us

Who are The Leicester-Shire Music and Cultural Trust?

The Leicester-Shire Music and Cultural Trust is a registered Charity, (Registered Charity Number 1163682), set up towards the end of 2015 to work alongside Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service (LSMS) and the Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub (LMEH). Our aim is to access additional funds that in the first instance will:

  • Further improve Musical Opportunities and Aspiration for children and young people in our City and County.
  • Provide greater financial support for musical events and both instrumental learning and purchases.

Our Aim

Our aim is to improve musical opportunities for those aged between 5 and 18 living in Leicester and Leicestershire through;

How can you help?

The Leicester-Shire Music and Cultural Trust is a registered charity and we would be grateful for any support you could give.

If you would like to assist in improving musical opportunities for those aged between 5 and 18 living in Leicester and Leicestershire and also help sustain the Central Ensemble programme there are a number of ways you can help:

Make a donation

Any donation that you make will make a huge difference.

To make a donation, please send cheques addressed to 'The Leicester-Shire Music and Cultural Trust' to LCB Depot, 31, Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1RE.

By bank transfer, our details are as follows:

Account Name: The Leicester-Shire Music and Cultural Trust
Account Number: 61813757
Sort Code: 40-24-19

(Please use your Surname and initial as the payment reference together with the type of donation you will be making if relevant, e.g. OtherAN Bursary)

If you are a UK taxpayer you can also help us receive 25% extra on any donations that make by simply completing a gift aid declaration form.

Make a Donation through Parent Pay

Please click on the link below and complete the online form to make a donation. (In the mandatory Child's Name field, please enter N/A)

https://www.parentpay.com/ParentPayShop/Foc/Default.aspx?shopid=517

Make a regular donation:

If you would like to make a regular donation you can set up a standing order for any monthly amount you wish to donate.

Become a patron:

If you would like to become a patron of The Leicester-Shire Music and Cultural Trust then please click here for more information or contact us at leicsmct@gmail.com

Sign up to EasyFundraising

You can also register with easy fundraising.org.uk and choose to support The Leicester-Shire Music and Cultural Trust (found under 'T' for The). There are hundreds of well-known retailers and holiday companies registered with easyfundraising.org.uk who will donate a % of your purchase price simply for being directed from the easyfundraising.org.uk website to their own website. What's more it doesn't even cost you a penny!

To see a short video on how Easyfundraising works - click here!

Become a Volunteer:

If you have any time spare to assist with the running of concerts, selling programmes, refreshments or even rattling a collection tin then please get in touch, we would love to hear from you.

Become a Trustee:

We currently have vacancies on our board of trustees, to find out more about applying to become a trustee please see our trustee document & skills audit document.

Help to Fundraise:

If you would like to help raise funds for The Leicester-Shire Music and Cultural Trust then please get in touch with us at leicsmct@gmail.com to share your ideas.

Sheet Music

  • The cost of buying or hiring sheet music is a big expense. Please take great care of all music issued to you and always return it punctually and in good condition.
  • If for whatever reason you decide to leave the Ensemble, you must return all your music to LSMS as soon as possible. Failure to do so will result in you being charged for replacement copies.

Fees

Please click here for information on Fees, Remissions and Discounts.

Group Membership can now be paid online. Please follow the link below and complete the Parent / Payer screen, choosing 'Music Tuition' in the 'Reasons for payment' screen.

https://www.parentpay.com/ParentPayShop/Foc/Default.aspx?shopid=517

In-School CPD for Whole School Staff

We have fully trained members of staff equipped to deliver CPD within your school or to a family of schools.

Examples of how we have already helped schools are:
• Leading staff meetings
• Modelling high quality music lessons
• Joint lesson observations with senior leaders
• Consultancy to support curriculum planning, subject review, improving teaching and learning

Cost
Bespoke consultancy to include report writing, preparation, course materials if appropriate and delivery.
£350 per day | £225 half day
£90 per hour

Whole school training by request and/or sharedby a cluster of schools

Please email LSMSTraining@leics.gov.uk for further details or guiidance.

Music Curriculum Support

Our Curriculum Music Support Leaders (CMSL) are fully trained to deliver high quality music teaching in accordance with the National Curriculum for Music in EYFS, KS1, KS2 or KS3.

They will:
• Plan, prepare, organise and teach music lessons or teach alongside the class teacher to give opportunity for CPD.
• Maintain an up-to-date knowledge and understanding of music educational issues.
• Develop and support schemes of work in relation to school and LSMS policy that meets the needs of all pupils within the context of the national curriculum and School Music Education Plan and Ofsted good practice guidelines.
• Record and report the progress of individual pupils against the objectives of the music curriculum on a termly basis.

Please email LSMSTraining@leics.gov.uk for further details or guiidance.

Resources for Schools

Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service have bought the ibook 'Teaching music with Garage band for ipad' by Ben Sellers for all schools in Leicester and Leicestershire. If you are interested in accessing your free copy please email sarah.share@leics.gov.uk.

For the past 2 years Ben Sellers has delivered well attended training for teachers on using ipads to teach music in class settings as part of the CPD offer from LSMS. If you are interested in attending the training next academic year please email LSMStraining@leics.gov.uk. If there is enough interest we will run the training again next year. Please click on the link below to see the information from this academic year's CPD brochure.

http://leicestershiremusichub.org/uploads/teaching-music-with-ipads-pdf.pdf

Leicester-Shire Music Educators' Annual Conference

An annual event suitable for primary, secondary and special school music leaders. You will be able to choose from a range of practical workshops and seminars led by inspirational local, national and international workshop leaders. Please click here to visit the information for the latest conference.

Conference Feedback

"I think these days are great. Good to 'refuel' and be inspired and re-energised again. They always make me feel more determined to do more and make things better."

"Well organised and thoughtful. Music teaching is quite an isolated experience so lovely to bring us all together."

"Very well put together, friendly and inspirational."

"Excellent day. Feel inspired. Am going home to make detailed notes to share with staff."

"Please keep doing this - it's my one time a year to learn, reflect, get ideas and come up with a plan!"

"Workshops were great, location and accommodation brilliant."

"..good to meet new people and catch up with old ones."

"Have learnt so much. Loved every workshop."

"The workshops, especially, were excellent."

Conference Testimonials

Shane Dellaca, De Lisle College: The LSMS Music Teachers Conference was a great opportunity to refresh our perspective and approaches to the teaching of music in both the primary and secondary settings, through a variety of engaging workshops. I loved the djembe workshop because I felt like a student again. The opportunity to network and meet other music teachers was also invaluable because all too often, we work in isolation. The venue was great and the food fantastic! An important feature of any conference…Thank you LSMS.

Matt Green, Ashmount School: This was the first music education conference I had been to and so I didn't really know what to expect. I was given plenty of detail before the day and welcomed exceptionally well. The staff were able to help me find each area as needed.

Each workshop I attended was well prepared and offered a clear set of outcomes. The workshops leaders were knowledgeable in their field and also approachable, welcoming questions as they arose and making sure delegates were 'still with them' as they moved on. All three workshops that I attended were of exceptional quality and I have approached my school leadership team about using one workshop leader as a training day guest speaker.

The guidance before the conference about the different workshops helped me make an informed decision before arriving and I was not disappointed. Each workshop had practical applications which could easily be applied to the teaching of music, even in an SEND setting, which can sometimes be a tricky setting to apply new techniques in.

All of the staff were helpful and able to answer any questions I had. I didn't feel like there was quite as much networking time as had been earmarked in the running order due to workshops and other events running over. It may have been nice to have an optional event at the end of the conference for people to stay on at if they wanted to.

The venue was of superb quality and accommodated all that the conference needed. Being on two levels was not an issue and allowed for some separation between workshops and the networking/stand/coffee time.

Great job Sarah and team well done!

Angela Goring, Sparkenhoe Community Primary School: I always look forward to the annual Music Conference and this year didn't disappoint. The new venue, College Court, was an inviting space with a good variety of rooms for the workshops, a relaxing area for coffee and networking and an impressive restaurant that provided a lovely selection of food. LSMS staff were on hand as always and guided us through our day in their usual upbeat, friendly manner. Nothing is too much trouble.

The workshops were of excellent quality once again. I was a little concerned, before arriving, that the choice of workshops for primary level were more limited than other years but I did find three to attend and found each one to be thoroughly enjoyable and informative. All the sessions had a good variety of materials available and the content can easily be adapted to fit in to our music curriculum. The session were pitched at the right level for my teaching experience, providing me with the tools to progress our pupils in their musical understanding as well as fuelling my supply of lesson plans!

The networking opportunities are wide and it's always good to catch up with colleagues and to share concerns, worries and new ideas for the classroom and we had ample time to do this but I think that I would of preferred slightly longer in each workshop instead of so much networking time. This would enable a greater understanding of the sessions as sometimes an hour can seem a little rushed.

Overall the conference was a valuable experience and continues to keep colleagues up to date with current practices and teaching ideas. Maintaining the links with schools and keeping teachers connected ensures we feel part of a larger network supporting and helping us to provide music at a good and solid standard throughout our schools.

Why join an After School Music Activity?

If you are looking to develop your ensemble skills, perform to an audience and have fun playing with others, then the Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub can help point your young musician in the right direction.

After School Music Activities all about helping young musicians come together to fulfil their maximum potential through playing together under expert direction. Activities usually operate from schools or colleges and all run after school on varying nights with varying groups and structures.

One of our key goals is to ensure that all young people are able to continue to learn and take part in performances and ensembles.

Ever wonder what the BENEFITS of your young musician playing in an ensemble would be? Here are just a few to think about:

  • Team work
  • Learn how different parts can fit together and work in harmony
  • Sight reading improves
  • Multitasking: Counting, read music notation, playing their instrument, listening to the other band members AND watching the conductor all at the same time!
  • Following a leader
  • Extra practice
  • Performance opportunities

Each Activity has its own team of dedicated and experienced musicians and music teachers, most of who also work in schools in and around Leicestershire.

We provide specialist guidance in each of the major instrument groups: Strings, Brass, Woodwind, Percussion, Steel Pans and Theory of Music.

The Activities currently on offer are listed below - please click on a title to display the Activity details.

We are looking to develop activities so it is likely that more will be established during the year so please come back to check.

To apply you should:

  • Download the registration forms for the relevant centre below
  • Fill in the details
  • Ask your parent / carer to sign it
  • Return the form to the appropriate person at the Music Service
  • Or alternatively email the appropriate person if you have any queries

What is Class Band?

What is Class Band?
Class Band is a symphonic orchestra of wind instruments including Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba and Percussion (Optional French Horn, Baritone and Oboe if required).

The Class Band method caters for groups of 20 -32 students. It caters for students at KS2 or KS3 level.

All students in a Class Band start as beginners with no previous experience on their chosen instrument – if they already play an instrument they are encouraged to take up a different instrument, albeit one that is sympathetic to their first instrument.

From the very first lesson students learn to play their instruments using a systematic approach – the class teacher is involved and there are usually 2 teachers in attendance - one specialist in Woodwind and the other in Brass.

Further information can be found on the Yamaha website: http://www.yamahamusiceducation.co.uk/index.html

Link to Register Online

Parents / Carers / Students should follow the link below to access our online registration system.

http://live.paritor.com/p/3

Become a PATRON

Become a Patron of The Leicester-Shire Music and Cultural Trust (LMCT)

Inspiring young people through Music for Life

Do you want music to help make a difference to young people's lives?

Do you wish to ensure musical opportunities are protected for ALL young people into the foreseeable future?

If the answer to the above is Yes!

Then please consider being one of our Founding Patrons

  1. 1. What do I have to do to be a Patron?
  • Believe in the power of music to motivate and enthral young people
  • Believe in our charitable objects and the activities we want to carry out, as set out below
  • Be prepared to donate a sum of money each year to make a difference to our cause

2. What is The LMCT?

The LMCT is a brand new Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), registered with the Charity Commission, which works alongside The Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub (LMEH) to run certain musical activities for young people and enable income from parents, donors, gift aid and charitable grants to improve all young people's musical opportunities still further.

LMCT has clear 'Charitable Objects' as required by Charity Law; these have been agreed by the Hub, Trustees and the Charity Commission to be:

  • To advance education in music and the arts for the benefit of the public of Leicester City, Leicestershire and elsewhere.
  • To advance the arts particularly, but not wholly, by promoting and facilitating access to and performance of music and other art forms.
  • To help young people, especially but not exclusively through leisure time activities, so as to develop their capabilities that they may grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society.

Initially, LMCT will help to …

  • Run concerts, school networks, clubs, ensembles, tours and residential visits
  • Raise funds and apply for grants to support young people with their music

As funds build up, we also expect to help students with

  • Grants and scholarships towards equipment, expenses, tuition and training at a range of levels
  • Transport to activities

All decisions about the running of the charity are taken by the trustees, who are unpaid volunteers.

Musical advice is provided by LMEH.

3. How much should I give?

We hope you may consider a level of patron to suit your interests and ability to pay:

  • Gold Level - £500
  • Silver Level - £250
  • Bronze Level - £100

Might you also consider Platinum Level £1,000 or more…?

4. If I am giving all this money, do I get benefits and will the money be spent wisely?

  • We hope you want to give this money for the benefit of young people, giving you pleasure in seeing their progress and achievement
  • If you wish, your name will appear in concert programmes (but you may choose to remain anonymous)
  • A limited number of complimentary tickets may be available for some concerts
  • As the Charity grows as we hope, there may be special events for Patrons, but Patrons would contribute to these!
  • Attendance at some rehearsals
  • The trustees will seek to fulfil the charity's aims in all decision making and reports and accounts of our activities will be made available, as required by charity law.
  • Platinum and Gold Patrons may receive reports about the progress of specific groups or individuals if their money is being used specifically.

5. What do I do next?

  • As you are contemplating giving our charity a reasonable amount of money, you may not just want to 'jump in'!
  • Please email us on leicsmct@gmail.com and we can arrange to talk to you either over the phone or in person.
  • If you don't know much about the types of activities we are supporting, please come to an event or a rehearsal.
  • Donation and standing order forms are available on the website.

Other Discounts

If you are in currently receipt of any of the following, your child will be eligible for 100% remission for membership & transport fees. Proof of receipt of benefits MUST BE RECEIVED BY LSMS, in order for the remission to be applied.

Income Support or Pension Credit (Guarantee element) - (A recent letter from the Department for Work and Pensions to show your entitlement).

Income Based Job Seekers Allowance - (A copy of your letter from the Department for Work and Pensions or your local Job Centre (all pages confirming your entitlement).

Child Tax Credit (if their income is less than £16,190 per year. and whether or not in receipt of Working Tax Credit) (Please provide Form TC602 from the HM Revenue and Pensions (all pages) which confirms your entitlement to Child Tax Credit

Support under the Asylum and Immigration Act. (Please provide documents from the National Asylum Seekers Support Service to prove that you are receiving support as an Asylum Seeker).

When you are asked to register your child as a member of an ensemble, please email a scan of the relevant documents to lsms@leics.gov.uk or post a copy to LSMS, Abington House, 85 Station Road, Wigston, Leicester, LE18 2DS.

We will also accept evidence of Pupil Premium from your childs' school.

Without Proof of entitlement, we are unable to apply a discount.

How will your donation help?

The Leicester-Shire Music and Cultural Trust run a range of Leicester-Shire Schools Central Ensembles, offering a variety of opportunities for all children of differing abilities. This currently costs around £136,000 per Academic Year to run.

Your support could help to sustain and grow the number of opportunities we are able to offer to our young people both now and in the future.

  • Hiring or buying sheet music to allow our groups to perform exciting and aspirational repertoire costs around £100 to buy per set.
  • £85 will fund a one term or £255 will fund a one year bursary for a student to be a member of the Leicester-Shire Schools Symphony Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Training Orchestra or the Leicester-Shire Schools Wind Orchestras.
  • £46 will fund a one term or £138 will fund a one year bursary fee for a student to be a member of the Leicester-Shire Schools Junior Concert Band, Strictly String Ensemble, Steel Pan Ensemble, Big Band, Junior and Senior Percussion Ensembles, Flute Choir or the Leicester-Shire Schools Senior String Sinfonia.
  • The maintenance, servicing and replacement of instruments and music stands can be expensive; a donation of £75 could go towards this programme.
  • There are also opportunities with some of our concerts to sponsor the whole event at a donation of £2,000. This will feature your name as the Concert title and you will be featured within the programme.
  • You could sponsor a specific Instrumental chair within one of our ensembles; Sponsorship of chairs will be £100 per year.
  • £50 will pay for a one term transport bursary and £150 will pay for a one year transport bursary.

Attendance

  • Congratulations on being offered a place in an Ensemble. We hope that you will enjoy your time rehearsing, performing, learning and getting to know the other members of your ensemble.
  • All members are expected to practise their music regularly, and take it to instrumental lessons where possible to get advice from your teacher.
  • All members are expected to attend all rehearsals and concerts as scheduled. Both the success of the Ensemble and the standard of playing are dependent on everyone attending all rehearsals as part of the team.

Please click here to see a list of rehearsal dates for the academic year 2016 / 2017.

Why join an After School Music Activity?

If you are looking to develop your ensemble skills, perform to an audience and have fun playing with others, then the Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub can help point your young musician in the right direction.

After School Music Activities all about helping young musicians come together to fulfil their maximum potential through playing together under expert direction. Activities usually operate from schools or colleges and all run after school on varying nights with varying groups and structures.

One of our key goals is to ensure that all young people are able to continue to learn and take part in performances and ensembles.

Ever wonder what the BENEFITS of your young musician playing in an ensemble would be? Here are just a few to think about:

  • Team work
  • Learn how different parts can fit together and work in harmony
  • Sight reading improves
  • Multitasking: Counting, read music notation, playing their instrument, listening to the other band members AND watching the conductor all at the same time!
  • Following a leader
  • Extra practice
  • Performance opportunities

Each Activity has its own team of dedicated and experienced musicians and music teachers, most of who also work in schools in and around Leicestershire.

We provide specialist guidance in each of the major instrument groups: Strings, Brass, Woodwind, Percussion, Steel Pans and Theory of Music.

The Activities currently on offer are listed below - please click on a title to display the Activity details.

We are looking to develop activities so it is likely that more will be established during the year so please come back to check.

To apply you should:

  • Download the registration forms for the relevant centre below
  • Fill in the details
  • Ask your parent / carer to sign it
  • Return the form to the appropriate person at the Music Service
  • Or alternatively email the appropriate person if you have any queries

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).

What’s on Offer?

Singing should be at the heart of every primary school and accessible to all. The aim of the LSMS singing strategy is to give every child and young person the best possible opportunity to sing, to raise awareness of singing in the community and beyond and promote singing and develop high quality vocal work across Leicester-Shire. We are keen to support singing in schools, sourcing appropriate repertoire and delivering vocal activity of the highest standard. Through quality delivery, our aim is to support teachers to provide singing opportunities for children in school and to provide opportunities for children to develop their singing with clear progression opportunities.

A menu of singing options, enabling young people to work with vocal specialists while building class teachers confidence, is available for all primary schools.

What’s on Offer?

The aim of the LSMS singing strategy is to give every child and young person the best possible opportunity to sing, to raise awareness of singing in the community and beyond and promote singing and develop high quality vocal work across Leicester- Shire. Our secondary offer focuses on encouraging young people to continue singing by working with your feeder primary schools, developing young singing leaders and motivating pupils through high quality performances.

What’s on Offer?

Our secondary offer is now more comprehensive than ever with lots of options to build a bespoke package to meet the needs of your school. Select from the options below to see further details about what is on offer. For information regarding cost or to book any of these projects please select bookings from the menu above.

What’s on Offer?

The aim of the LSMS singing strategy is to give every child and young person the best possible opportunity to sing, to raise awareness of singing in the community and beyond and promote singing and develop high quality vocal work across Leicester- Shire.

Our secondary offer focuses on encouraging young people to continue singing by working with your feeder primary schools, developing young singing leaders and motivating pupils through high quality performances.

Additional Needs in Mainstream School

If you have pupils with additional needs in your mainstream school, we can adapt our instrumental and vocal projects to ensure the lessons are fully inclusive. When you make your booking, there is a section where you can tell us about pupils' specific needs so that we can plan accordingly. This might include selecting the most suitable instruments, adding different instruments, adapting teaching styles and resources or selecting appropriate music.

Special Initiatives

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.

What's on Offer?

Singing should be at the heart of every school and accessible to all. The aim of the LSMS singing strategy is to give every child and young person the best possible opportunity to sing, to raise awareness of singing in the community and beyond and promote singing and develop high quality vocal work across Leicester-Shire. We are keen to support singing in schools, sourcing appropriate repertoire and delivering vocal activity of the highest standard. Through quality delivery, our aim is to support teachers to provide singing opportunities for children in school and to provide opportunities for children to develop their singing with clear progression opportunities.

A menu of singing options, enabling young people to work with vocal specialists while building class teachers confidence, is available for all primary schools.

FREE SEND CPD

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 SEN 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

Become a TRUSTEE

Information regarding Trustees: what do potential Trustees need to know?

If you have a bit of time each month to devote to this work - we need a few more TRUSTEES, especially to represent the city area.

This document explains some important facts about LMCT and a Job Description for Trustees.

In the 'bold' text of sections 2, 3, 4 and 5 below the expectations, roles and abilities etc are listed. Please note however that Trustees act as a team and no one person is capable of being everything.

1. What is The LMCT?

It is intended that the LMCT is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation registered with the Charity Commission that will work alongside The Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub (LMEH), to run certain musical activities for young people and enable income from gift aid and charitable grants to improve all young people's musical opportunities still further.

Its formation has been approved by the Hub's Executive and Governors and the Cabinet of Leicestershire County Council.

LMCT has clear 'Charitable Objects' as required by Charity Law; these have been agreed by the Hub to be:

  1. To advance education, particularly within the framework of Music and the Arts, for the benefit of the Public of Leicester City, Leicestershire and elsewhere.
  2. To advance the Arts and Culture particularly, but not wholly, by promoting and facilitating access to and performance of music and other art forms.
  3. To provide for the recreation of children, young people and adults through music, for the benefit of the public, by providing opportunities, services and facilities to them, in the interest of improving their capacities, capabilities, health and well-being.

LMCT will work closely with LMEH and The Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service (LSMS) and will work towards the vision of the Hub as stated in its original Business Plan submitted to the Arts Council prior to its formation in 2012:

The Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub is an innovative and enterprising body with a Vision to inspire and lead all children and young people towards exciting, rewarding, varied, high quality and progressive musical experiences, individually and with others, that embrace and celebrate the broad and diverse cultures of the region.

Initially, LMCT will assist in the running of the following Hub activities:

  • Evening and Weekend Ensembles
  • Network Ensembles
  • Tours and Concert Promotions
  • Performances
  • Musical Activities that are privately funded rather than Arts Council funded
  • Fundraising (for the above activities)

LMCT will carry out the following in order to realise its objects and the Hub's vision:

  • Work in Area Networks and Localities and engage with all communities
  • Create strong relationships with each Hub partner and with parents, children and young people
  • Ensure maximum participation by children and young people in Hub and associated activities
  • Respond to need and generate new ideas, approaches and activities
  • Provide, commission and ensure high quality musical learning and activities are available and well publicised to schools, families and communities

2. Expectations of Trustees

LMCT will be run by a Board of Trustees - initially 3, but potentially increasing to 7, if and when activity increases. Trustees are responsible for the control and management of the administration of LMCT.

All Trustees are expected to be:

  • cognitive of the operation of LSMS and LMEH
  • in full agreement with the Objects, Vision and activities stated in section 1
  • interested in the experience of music and the arts
  • able to commit time and experience to running/managing the CIO
  • able to make strategic decisions giving value for money, using appropriate evidence
  • experienced in a range of skills which complement each other (see below) across the 'Board'
  • DBS checked
  • able to undertake the primary responsibilities in managing the CIO... eg
  1. 1. carrying out proper and legal administration
  2. 2. taking ultimate responsibility for what the CIO does
  3. 3. acting reasonably and prudently in all matters
  4. 4. safeguarding and protecting the CIO's assets
  5. 5. acting collectively in decision making
  6. 6. acting in the best interests of the CIO
  7. 7. avoiding any conflicts of interest

3. The commitment to LMCT will include:

  • attending trustee meetings, at least 4 per year, more frequently as the organisation is starting
  • representing LMCT at Hub governors and executive meetings
  • meeting with LSMS officers staff as appropriate
  • attending events run by LMCT and the Hub
  • Awareness raising in the Community and with parents and young people
  • 'Flying the Flag' for LMCT generally

4. Roles and responsibilities

The Trustees make sure the charity is running well and is doing what it was set up to do. This includes ensuring the charity:

• has the money it needs (involving discussion with LSMS and LMEH)

• spends money sensibly, on the arts and musical objectives

• follows the law, including preparing reports and accounts to send to the Charity Commission

doesnt break the rules in the governing document (Constitution)

Trustees will work closely with key staff at LSMS, who will work on the detail of financial issues and day to day administration of the activities being run.

5. Skills and abilities

All Trustees will be expected to contribute to making LMCT work and so will need to have both some similar and other complementary skills, in order to make an effective team. Skills and experiences required across the Trustees include:

  1. 1. Finance, accounting, fundraising, marketing
  2. 2. Public Relations, customer care and Communications, including e-communications
  3. 3. The Education Sector, young people, schools and their leadership and management
  4. 4. An understanding of music, the arts and culture
  5. 5. Effective approaches to business, in addition to 1, above
  6. 6. Leadership, prioritising, innovation, change and project management
  7. 7. Personal attributes, including -
  • relating well with and being supportive of others
  • able to stand up for the needs of young people
  • team working
  • problem solving
  • well-organised
  • creativity
  • integrity
  • honesty
  • reliability
  • enthusiasm
  • optimism

Potential Trustees will be asked to fill in a skills audit. When new Trustees are sought, existing Trustees will be looking for a balance in the team of Trustees across the above points and being fully representative of Leicester-Shire's rich ethnic community.

6. Making decisions

The trustees make decisions together, working as a team. Decisions don't usually need to be unanimous as long as the majority of trustees agree. They're usually made at charity meetings.

Potential risks will be researched carefully before making a decision.

It's extremely rare for Trustees to become personally liable for the charity losing money. But this could happen if Trustees, for example:

• behave irresponsibly or dishonestly, causing the charity to lose money

• don't take appropriate steps to manage serious risks, for example by following safety procedures

7. Legal responsibilities of trustees -

All trustees must:

• follow the law and the rules in the LMCT Constitution

• act responsibly and only in the interests of LMCT

• use reasonable care and skill

• make well-informed decisions, taking advice when required

8. Chair and treasurer trustee roles

There will be a treasurer and chair, who will work particularly closely with key staff at LSMS.

The treasurer will:

  • make sure the charity is keeping the proper accounts

• take the lead on making policies for finances

The chair will:

• help plan trustee meetings

• represent the charity at events

• be a link between trustees and LSMS and the Hub

These LMCT officers don't have any extra powers or responsibilities than the other Trustees. All Trustees are equally responsible for finances, for example.

People who cannot be a Trustee of LMCT

People are disqualified by law from acting as Trustees if they:

• have an unspent conviction for an offence involving dishonesty or deception

• are currently declared bankrupt, subject to bankruptcy restrictions or an interim order

• have an individual voluntary arrangement to pay off debts with creditors

• are disqualified from being a company director

• have previously been removed as a trustee by either the Charity Commission or the high court due to misconduct or mismanagement

Trustees will be required to sign a declaration form stating that they do not fall into the above categories

In addition to national requirements, anyone who is barred from working with children or vulnerable adults will not b


e considered as a Trustee. Thus all Trustees will be DBS checked.

The relationships between LMCT, LMET, LSMS and the LA

It is intended that LSMS, LMEH and LMCT will work together holistically for the benefit of music education in the County and City.

Currently, LSMS is the lead organisation of LMEH and its key decision making body is its Strategy Group. LMEH makes decisions through its Executive Group and is accountable to its Governing Body. Thus decisions affecting the operation of the Hub and LSMS are already taken with partners beyond the LA. The development of LMCT will create a further decision making group (its Board of Trustees). These persons will be volunteers required to have a working knowledge of the LMCT and the Hub and it is proposed that they will liaise with the LMEH Executive, Governors and LSMS. However, a fundamental characteristic of charities is their independence which must be upheld by their Trustees, who are responsible for acting in the charity's best interests at all times. The links are shown simply below.

In order to ensure that there is a clear understanding in the way LMCT works with the LA, a separately available 'Contract of Services' will be available which will clarify financial arrangements and minimise risks to both parties. For instance, staff at LSMS will be carrying out duties in relation to the LMCT, for which the Trust will be charged.

Other Information also available (or in hand)

  1. A. Appendices to this document
  • Skills Audit for potential Trustees
  • Safeguarding Policy
  • Meetings involving Trustees
  • Managing Risks, Conflicts of Interest and Disputes

B. Available separately

  • Contract of Services agreed between LMCT and LSMS
  • The LMCT Constitution as submitted to the Charity Commission
  • The Essential Trustee (available at www.charitycommission.gov.uk). A host of other useful documents are also available on this site.

Free Instrument Loan for members of our Ensembles

From September 2016, we are trialling FREE Instrument Loans for members of our Ensembles, subject to availability.

Terms and Conditions will apply in terms of the safety and return of the instrument.

Members of Area Centres will be able to hire an instrument with a 50% discount. Further information regarding this will be available later this term.

To request an instrument, please use the instrument request form on our Hire an Instument page.

Want to know more about the Ensembles that the charity help support?

Please visit our Ensembles Page where you can find out about the groups supported by the charity.

Free Consulation Visits

Free Consultation Visits

Secondary
All schools are offered an annual free visit in the form of a professional dialogue to share the development needs of the department. At this visit the opportunity to audit the provision is offered. A follow up visit of up to half a day is offered from a fully trained Lead practitioner to work with the school on one of the following:

• Complete audit of provision and set targets for development
• Assess school provision against the LSMS Music Quality Mark Criteri
• Provide support for an NQ
• Provide curriculum advice in an identified area of work (e.g. GCSE, ICT)All schools will be provided with a specially prepared BBC 10 Pieces resource pack.

Primary
All schools are offered an annual free visit in the form of a professional dialogue to share the development needs of the music curriculum. At this visit there is the opportunity to:

• Assess the school provision and award the school a Bronze, Silver or Gold LSMS Music Quality Mark
• Create an Action Plan based on the outcomes of the meetingContinued support is provided through dialogue via email and telephone conversations.

Chargeable visits for Secondary and Primary Schools.
Further support will be paid for at the subsidised rate of £50 per hour, £100 for a half day or £200 for a full day. This can include:

• Advice on selection and interview of staff
• A full department review
• A mini review
• Further support visits (e.g. working alongside teachers, planning schemes of work, developingassessment strategies)

Charnwood Area Music Centre - The Cedars Academy, Birstall

Charnwood Area Music Centre (formerly Birstall Area Centre): based at The Cedars Academy (formerly Stonehill High School), Stonehill Avenue, Birstall LE4 4JG.

Groups available at the centre are Wind Band and Junior / Senior String Ensembles (previously one string group). Groups rehearse every Thursday during term time.

Wind Band 4.00pm – 5.00pm (for students who have reached grade 1 and above)

Junior Strings 3.45pm - 4.30pm (for students who have been learning for a couple of terms to those having reached grade 2)

Intermediate Strings 4.30pm - 5.30pm (grade 3 to 5)

The Wind Band meets in the Main Hall and the String Groups meet in the Library.

New members are welcome, please contact Kieran O'Riordan at korpercussion@hotmail.co.uk for further details.

The subscription cost for this Music Centre is £38.00 per term.

Please use our online registration system to register for this group.

Vocal-Ease

Vocal-Ease is a comprehensive, one year programme aimed at increasing the confidence of your staff in teaching singing, whilst engaging all pupils. Delivery is carried out by a vocal specialist and includes the opportunity of children performing in a large scale performance. Each of the three phases of Vocal-Ease builds on the last to truly embed singing into the heart of your school.

Phase 1: Teacher Training Programme

  • 2 bespoke training sessions for your whole staff from a singing specialist
  • A singing day for all children, modelling the ideas from the staff training session
  • Practical resources and advice

Phase 2: Teacher Training Programme

  • 6 bespoke sessions working with up to 2 classes from the same year group
  • An ensemble performance led by our singing specialist together with the class teachers
  • Practical resources and advice

Phase 3a: Groups of Schools Programme (minimum of 4)
This option provides a number of schools with the opportunity to work together on a singing project, whilst at the same time receiving CPD training on singing development.
The programme includes:

  • 3 rehearsal sessions in each of the schools with support from the class teacher
  • A massed rehearsal with all the schools
  • A performance for parents, in the feeder school or another suitable local concert venue
  • LSMS can work with you to set up a school or area choir

Phase 3b: Individual or Groups of Schools Large Scale
Performance – All Key Stages
This final phase is the perfect end to a year's singing programme. It aims to further develop the confidence of the class teacher by giving them the chance to lead part of a performance or rehearsal with a massed choir.
The programme includes:

  • A large scale performance opportunity
  • 3 rehearsals in each school to work with up to 2 classes
  • Further support for your school in the form of appropriate resources and on-going advice

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.

Transition Sing

Singing projects which bring together the combined energies of primary and secondary pupils and their teachers are a well proven way of strengthening the relationships between schools. The project can be tailor-made to suit your individual requirements – this could be anything from an initial consultancy role, advising on musical content and strategies for success to practical involvement at all stages, including visits to each participating school. We can help and advise, or we can lead the whole project – the cost of this would depend upon the extent of LSMS involvement and you will be quoted the full cost before you commit.

Secondary Whole Class Ensemble Teaching (SWCET)

Brass (Cornet, Baritone, P-Bone)
Djembe
Flute
Guitar (Acoustic)
Indian Music Experience (Tabla, Sitar & singing)
Percussion (including Samba)
Recorder
Steel Pans
Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello)
Ukulele
Woodwind (Clarinet & Saxophone)

SWCET is a year-long programme that involves weekly instrumental lessons for whole classes (maximum 33 pupils) at a time. 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 team work. SWCET can be delivered during music curriculum lesson times. LSMS understand that some high and secondary schools have a 2 week timetable. Once orders have been received we will work with these schools to try and accommodate their needs.

Primary schools in your area may already be offering Whole Class lessons, or it may be that this will be your pupils' first experience of instrumental learning.

Lessons are 45 minutes long and there are a minimum of 33 lessons over one year. We supply 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 also be accessed by pupils at home.

Sessions can take place between the following times:

Session 1 9:00 - 10:30am
Session 2 10:45 - 12:15pm
Session 3 1:00 - 2:00pm
Session 4 2:15 - 3:15pm

Transition Sing

Singing projects which bring together
the combined energies of primary and
secondary pupils and their teachers are
a well proven way of strengthening the
relationships between schools. The project
can be tailor-made to suit your individual
requirements – this could be anything
from an initial consultancy role, advising
on musical content and strategies for
success to practical involvement at all
stages, including visits to each participating
school. We can help and advise, or we can
lead the whole project – the cost of this
would depend upon the extent of LSMS
involvement and you will be quoted the full
cost before you commit.

Whole Class Ensemble Teaching & Vocal-Ease for SEND Schools

WCET is a year-long programme that involves instrumental lessons for whole classes and is suitable up to Key Stage 4 in SEND schools. This ensemble approach offers a whole class learning experience where children can improve their listening skills and develop their team work. We are keen to ensure all pupils can access instrumental learning and singing projects. We are able to deliver the following instruments in SEND settings:

  • Brass
  • Strings
  • Ukulele

Instrument Demonstrations

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.

Vocal-Ease

Vocal-Ease is a comprehensive, one year programme aimed at increasing the confidence of your staff in teaching singing, whilst engaging all pupils. Delivery is carried out by a vocal specialist and includes the opportunity of children performing in a large scale performance. Each of the three phases of Vocal-Ease builds on the last to truly embed singing into the heart of your school.

Phase 1: Teacher Training Programme

  • 2 bespoke training sessions for your whole staff from a singing specialist
  • A singing day for all children, modelling the ideas from the staff training session
  • Practical resources and advice

Phase 2: Teacher Training Programme

  • 6 bespoke sessions working with up to 2 classes from the same year group
  • An ensemble performance led by our singing specialist together with the class teachers
  • Practical resources and advice

Phase 3a: Groups of Schools Programme (minimum of 4)
This option provides a number of schools with the opportunity to work together on a singing project, whilst at the same time receiving CPD training on singing development.
The programme includes:

  • 3 rehearsal sessions in each of the schools with support from the class teacher
  • A massed rehearsal with all the schools
  • A performance for parents, in the feeder school or another suitable local concert venue
  • LSMS can work with you to set up a school or area choir

Phase 3b: Individual or Groups of Schools Large Scale
Performance – All Key Stages
This final phase is the perfect end to a year's singing programme. It aims to further develop the confidence of the class teacher by giving them the chance to lead part of a performance or rehearsal with a massed choir.
The programme includes:

  • A large scale performance opportunity
  • 3 rehearsals in each school to work with up to 2 classes
  • Further support for your school in the form of appropriate resources and on-going advice

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 SEN music education
  • discuss key issues facing colleagues in SEN settings
  • identify and share good practice, ideas and resources in teaching SEN pupils
  • network with colleagues who work in SEN settings

Wednesday 10th May 2017 3:45pm – 5:15pm

We are keen to put together a bank of singing warm ups suitable for SEN pupils to enhance the use of the Where the River Flows resource. If you have any singing warm ups that you are willing to share please bring them with you.

Thursday 21st September 2017 3:45pm – 5:15pm

Thursday 1st February 2018 3:45pm – 5:15pm

Thursday 26th 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

City East - Area Music Centre - Crown Hills Community College

Crown Hills Community College Music Centre: based at Crown Hills Community College, Gwendolen Road, Leicester, LE5 5FT

MONDAY
Steel Band -
3.30pm - 4.30pm - Currently free of charge

TUESDAY
Darbar Arts in association with L
eicester-Shire Schools Music Service (LSMS) would like to invite your young musicians to come and join the Crown Hills Area Music Centre.

Sitar, Tabla and Indian Vocals
Primary Classes: 4.00pm - 4.30pm - £1.00 per week
Secondary Classes: 4.30pm - 5.30pm - £2.00 per week

Classes led by,
Sitar: Roopa Panesar
Vocal - Bhajan/Harmonium: Tofail Ahmed
Tabla: Surdarshan Singh Chana

WEDNESDAY
Djembe (African Drumming) - 3.30pm - 4.30pm – Currently free of charge

THURSDAY
Electronic Keyboard - 3.30pm - 4.30pm -

Taiko (Japanese Drumming) - 3.30pm - 4.30pm - Currently free of charge

For further details and letters for Parent / Carers, please contact Mr Allison, Head of Expressive Arts, Crown Hills Community College.
rallison@crownhills.leicester.sch.uk
0116 2736893

Or come along with your Parent/Carer on the relevant evening and you can join straight away whilst your Parent/Carer completes your permission letter.

Dhol classes for children and adults also available on Monday and Friday evenings. Please see www.D-E-A.co.uk for details.

Instrument Hiring
1. It is not possible to hire an instrument during the first term of joining a class
2. In the second and subsequent terms an instrument may be hired at a cost of £25 per term if the child is already part of a first access programme or £35 if the child is not part of a first access programme in school.
3. If the parent/carer is in receipt of one of the benefits outlined above then an instrument is available for free loan after the first terms membership and on completion of a hire form

How to Register Online - Instructions

Please download or open the Online Registration Guide below for help with registering students

Online Registration Guide

Terms and Conditions for Online Registration

Online Registration Link

If you are still having problems completing your online registration, please email LSMSPerformance@leics.gov.uk or call Andy Wales on 0116 3050405.

Become a VOLUNTEER

description & Info

CPD - Booking

To book a place on our CPD Training or Music Educators Conference please use our Booking Form.

For further information, please email lsmstraining@leics.gov.uk or call 0116 3050403.

How much does it cost to run our Ensembles?

Being a member of the Leicester-Shire Schools Symphony Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Training Orchestra or Wind Orchestra incurs a subscription fee of £85 per term, whilst all our other ensembles are charged at £46 per term. We also run a transport network from various points around the city and county to help students attend Saturday morning rehearsals. There is a £50 termly charge for using the transport. Full fee remission is available for all students whose families are in receipt of qualifying benefits. Please see our Ensembles page for further details. We anticipate that the running costs for the Ensembles in the academic year 2016/17 will be around £136,000.

This consists of

Transport costs - £35,000
Room hire - £20,000
Resources - £4,000
Conductors, sectional coaches and staffing - £77,000

Even when Subscription fees are taken into account, there is still around £46,000 needed in order to run the Central Ensembles.

Hinckley Area Music Centre - Hinckley Academy & John Cleveland 6th Form College

New Music Centre Times to commence from 10th January 2017:

We will be changing the times of the Music Centre from 10th of January 2017.

NEW-Musicianship and choir offers more than simply just singing but can help prepare for ABRSM exams and develops your childs skills in performing music.

The termly fee for the centre is £38.00. You can do 1, 2 or 3 classes for the same cost!

(Full fee remission is available for pupils whose families receive qualifying benefits –please ask for more details)

3.45pm-4.15pm Steel Pan Ensemble

4.20pm-5.00pm Musicianship/Choir or Theory of Music

5.00pm-5.10pm Break- we have a tuck shop to buy refreshments

5.10pm-6.00pm String Ensemble or Wind Band

Concert Dates for your diary:

Autumn 2016 term concert: 29th November finishing at 6pm, a normal session on the 6th December and no session on the 13th December.

Spring term 2017 concert: 4th April 2017

Summer term 2017 concert: 27th June, 2017. No session the week before on the 20th June due to DMH concerts. Final session 4th July 2017.

New members are welcome, please contact Natasha Pattinson on 0116 3050414, or email natasha.pattinson@leics.gov.uk

Please use our online registration system to register for this group.

Whole School Singing Programme

This termly project (10 weeks) is delivered to both KS1 & KS2 in two separate 30 minute sessions. The focus is to develop singing skills, challenging pupils through accessible repertoire singing both in unison and in parts – working with a skilled vocal specialist. The term culminates in a performance in an assembly where everyone can take part – parents will enjoy the opportunity to see how singing is progressing within school and might even join in too!

Young Singing Leaders

This 10 week project will train your pupils to be Young Singing Leaders. Each session will last an hour and later in the term they will have the opportunity to work with KS1 & KS2 children at your cluster primary schools. A great transition project!

Secondary Large Group Continuation

If you run a SWCET project in your school, we encourage you to offer a second year of Continuation for the whole class. Or, it may be that your feeder primary schools are running WCET lessons and pupils moving into your school have already completed the initial year - or even more. Offering Large Group Continuation to these pupils supports transition as well as building on musical progress. Arrangements such as lesson length and instruments are the same as in the initial year.

Young Singing Leaders

This 10 week project will train your pupils to be Young Singing Leaders. Each session will last an hour and later in the term they will have the opportunity to work with KS1 & KS2 children at your cluster primary schools. A great transition project!

iPad Project for SLD Students

Tailored to the needs of your pupils, this 5 session project uses iPads to develop musical skill, knowledge and creativity, particularly allowing SLD and MLD students access to creating music. A comprehensive resource pack is also included in the package. Sessions will be delivered by a specialist, and activities could include:

  • Mixing iPads with acoustic instruments
  • Creating iPad ensembles

Instrument Hire

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.

SEN/D iPad Project

We have come to the end of Phase 1 of the SEN 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 SEN/D 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 SEN 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 SEN pupils

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

terms.

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 SEN 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 SEN 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 SEN 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

The LSMS offer on behalf of the Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub:

Our offer enables a school to have use of the instruments and free training from Yamaha for a specified time (12 months). The aims of the project are:

  • To provide a set of high quality Yamaha instruments to the school for the duration of the project
  • To provide a CPD opportunity to improve the confidence of teachers in teaching Class Band (Directing and developing a Class Band leads to better communication and understanding from students and parents).
  • To develop and improve transition in music year 6 to year 7
  • To provide high quality musical experiences that supports and extends the curriculum
  • To provide experiences that are inclusive and accessible to pupils regardless of prior experience
  • To support the aims of the National Plan for Music Education and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Musical Bridges CPD modules
  • Opportunities to be involved in workshops with professional artists through Yamaha; most recently Yolanda Brown

In order to ensure that the project is sustainable, is integrated into the music curriculum and is available as a model for other schools we would expect that the Class Band project model:

  • enriches the national curriculum and clearly integrates listening, performing, composing and appraising to ensure the enhancement of musical understanding (teachers and pupils)
  • defines manageable procedures for assessing pupil progress against the learning objectives
  • challenges the more able pupils and instrumentalists in a class
  • supports the lower achieving pupils
  • enables the class teachers to develop skills and confidence in teaching music

Frequently Asked Questions About Online Registration

I don't know which group my son / daughter has been offered a place in..
Following our annual application / audition process, you will have been sent an offer of a place/ offers of places in our Ensembles - these were sent out towards the end of July. If you can't find this or need to check, please contact LSMS via LSMSPerformance@leics.gov.uk or call 0116 3050400.

My child would like to use the saturday transport but I'm not sure how to register for this.
When registering your child, complete the registration process and when asked if you wish to register for another group, repeat the process and select 'Bus' as the performance group and Instrument. When asked for a grade, please enter the Transport Route and stop that your child will be using.

I'm in receipt of benefits and don't think I need to pay for membership - how do I let you know about this?
Follow the online registration process and on Step Five - Payments, choose Full Remission - then ensure that you send in a copy of your benefit entitlement to LSMS, Block J Eastern Annexe, Leicestershire County Council, County Hall, Glenfield ,LE3 8SA - or this can be scanned and emailed to LSMSPerformance@leics.gov.uk . You will need to do this even if you have sent this information in previous years.

My son / daughter plays an Endangered Orchestral Instrument and hasn't played in an Ensemble before, how do I let you know about this?
Follow the online registration process and on Step Five - Payments, choose Endangered Species Discount. If you have any queries about the Endangered Orchestral Instrument Scheme, please let us know via LSMSPerformance@leics.gov.uk or call 0116 3050400.

When will I receive an invoice? How can I pay it?
Invoices will be generated and emailed out to Parents / Carers in mid / late September along with details about how to make payment / set up payment details on their online account.

I can't get the Online Registration Form to work!
If you are still having problems completing your online registration, please email LSMSPerformance@leics.gov.uk or call Andy Wales on 0116 3050405.

I want to talk to someone to discuss the performance group offer that my son / daughter has received.
Queries regarding offered places must be made by email to Helen Fisher via LSMSPerformance@leics.gov.uk. All queries will be dealt with after any relevant staff have been consulted after the summer break.

Become a DONOR

How to make donations to the trust

Thank you for considering making a gift to our trust to support children and young people making, playing and being inspired by music in Leicester City and Leicestershire

Key Information to help you make your gift

  1. 1. Please keep us informed of what you are doing by email to us at leicsmct@gmail.com, or by post to our business address at LCB Depot, 31, Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1RE

2. If you are setting up payment through your internet banking system, please use the following:

  • Our account name is: The Leicester-Shire Music and Cultural Trust
  • Our account number : 61813757
  • Our sort code: 40-24-19
  • Please use as the payment reference: your surname followed by the initials of your first name, with no gaps or punctuation, e.g. SmithXYZ

3. If you are a UK taxpayer, please fill in our Gift Aid form, so we can reclaim tax on your donation.

Thank you.

4. Making a regular gift:

  • Please download and fill in our standing order form and return it to us at the address above.
  • We hope you will also fill in the gift aid form and return it also.
  • Alternatively, you may be able to set up a standing order directly from your own internet banking system, using our information above. You will still need to send us the information about your standing order please and, we hope, the completed gift aid form.

5. One-off donations:

  • You can send us a cheque or make a payment through your internet banking service.
  • Please make cheques payable to The Leicester-Shire Music and Cultural Trust.
  • If you use internet banking, please use the information in '2' above, and let us know what you have done!
  • Please fill in the gift aid form also!

Thank you so much or your support

Please note - this information is about gifts and donations. If you are paying an invoice, you will have been given separate instructions about payment.

City South Area - Djembe Troupe South - Blaby Stokes Primary School

The Djembe Troupe South is an exciting ensemble where children can come and have fun playing Djembe with friends. The group is led by Adam Bailey, Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service's Djembe specialist. Your young musician will be joining children from other schools in the area that also play the djembe. The ensemble is open to players of all standards who have had previous djembe experience in school and the ensemble will be held weekly during term-time at Blaby Stokes Primary School on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30pm. The first session will be on 21st September 2016.

Djembe drums are provided upon arrival free of charge so children will not need to bring anything with them. The Djembe Troupe will be working towards performance opportunities and children will develop their confidence with these enjoyable experiences.

The fee for membership of the Djembe Troupe is £10.00 per term. You will be signing up for a termly commitment and will be invoiced directly by email. You may be eligible for full fee remission if you are in receipt of benefits, please find information regarding this and how to register online by using the following links.

Remissions / Discounts

Online Registration

For more information please contact Matt Newnham - by email matt.newnham@leics.gov.uk or by phone 0116 3050414

Please see below for a short clip of the Djembe Troupe rehearsing.

CPD - Brochure 2016 / 2017

Please click here to access our CPD Brochure.

To book a place on our CPD Training or Music Educators Conference please use our Booking Form.

For further information, please email lsmstraining@leics.gov.uk or call 0116 3050403.

NEW - Pay your Ensemble Membership / Make a Donation Online

We have now set up an online payment account with Parent Pay.

To pay your child's Ensemble Membership, please click on the link below or on the Parent Pay logo. This will take you to our payment page on the Parent Pay website. Simply enter your Parent/Payer details , choosing Music Tuition from the 'Reasons for payment' options and then proceed to the payment screen. (If paying an invoice, please put names of all relevant children in the Child's Name field.)

https://www.parentpay.com/ParentPayShop/Foc/Default.aspx?shopid=517

To make a donation, please click on the link below or on the Parent Pay logo. This will take you to our payment page on the Parent Pay website. Simply enter your details, choosing Donation from the 'Reasons for payment' options and then proceed to the payment screen. (If paying an invoice, please put names of all relevant children in the Child's Name field.)

https://www.parentpay.com/ParentPayShop/Foc/Default.aspx?shopid=517

Junior Voices Hinckley - Hinckley Academy & John Cleveland 6th Form College

The Junior Voices (HINCKLEY) meet every Tuesday during term time in the hall at John Cleveland College, Butt Lane, Hinckley LW10 1LE, from 4.20pm until 5.00pm.

The subscription cost for this Music Centre is £38.00 per term.

This group is part of the Hinckley Music Centre where members also have the opportunity to play in the steel pan group and attend music theory lessons.

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.

Sing the Curriculum

Lyrics can embed ideas and facts more easily than spoken words and a song can act as a conduit to link many other subject areas, providing a real epicentre for a topic or theme. 'Sing the Curriculum' is a singing experience for your pupils directly linked to the curriculum. This option involves 10 weekly sessions over one term.
Choose from:

  • Singing Science (KS1 or KS2)
  • Singing History (KS1 or KS2)
  • Ourselves (KS1)
  • Our World (KS2)

Vocal-Ease Phase 3

Phase 3: Individual or Groups of Schools
Large Scale Performance – All Key Stages.

Vocal-Ease Phase 3 provides a high profile performance opportunity for your pupils, part singing and joining together with other schools to form a massed choir. This programme also offers the class teacher the opportunity to lead part of a performance or rehearsal with the massed choir.
The programme includes:

  • A large scale performance opportunity
  • Three rehearsals in each school to work with up to two classes
  • Further support for your school in the form of appropriate resources and on-going advice

Small Group Continuation

Small Group Continuation supports progression for groups of seven children or less that have already taken part in Whole Class or Continuation learning in a previous year. This option works really well for pupils in their third or even fourth year of learning. Accredited assessment through ABRSM Music Medals or Graded Examinations can be included on most instruments to provide motivational goals and tangible rewards for the children. Sessions are 30 minutes in length

Vocal-Ease Phase 3

Phase 3: Individual or Groups of Schools Large Scale Performance – All Key Stages. Vocal-Ease Phase 3 provides a high profile performance opportunity for your pupils, part singing and joining together with other schools to form a massed choir. This programme also offers the class teacher the opportunity to lead part of a performance or rehearsal with the massed choir.

The programme includes:

  • A large scale performance opportunity
  • Three rehearsals in each school to work with up to two classes
  • Further support for your school in the form of appropriate resources and on-going advice.

Bespoke Projects

LSMS knows that SEND schools are unique and that all learners have individual needs. We're committed to making music available to every child, and would be very happy to create a bespoke project for your school. Please email LSMSteaching@leics.gov.uk and one of our team will get back to you to discuss the possibilities.

Associate Teachers

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.

New Students wishing to join an Ensemble

If you would like to join an Ensemble, please complete the form below and we will contact you shortly.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JCS5QSB

Schools Commitment

Schools would be required to:

  • Buy in at least one member of LSMS staff (a specialist brass or woodwind whole class teacher) to lead the Class Band for at least 50% of your Year 7 classes (£42 per hour to include access to free training and a set of high quality instruments)
  • Provide a teacher who is a brass or woodwind specialist to team teach with the LSMS music leader
  • Provide classes (not specially selected groups) of year 7 pupils to learn instruments for the equivalent of 1 hour per week (each class) in curriculum time A minimum of 3 classes is required to utilize this resource
  • Provide free access to pupils
  • To provide extension opportunities for children to progress in subsequent years. Examples could include a Yamaha Band Club provided by the school free of charge, instrumental lessons or a follow up second year of the Yamaha Class Band project.
  • Commit to up to 6 days of CPD for staff involved in the project over a 12 month period
  • Use the Class Band experience to generate new musicians for school ensembles
  • Provide the opportunity for students involved in the Class Band project to take part in the Arts Award scheme
  • Support and develop music in feeder primary schools and in particular to developing and supporting the whole class ensemble tuition programme offered by LSMS
  • Be willing to explore the opportunity for exchange visits and to attend workshops and concerts throughout Europe with Class Bands in other countries
  • Demonstrate a commitment to ensuring that the model is sustainable and provide clear routes for progression

City South Area - Junior Voices City - Tudor Grange Samworth Academy

The Junior Voices City Choir is aimed at students aged 7 - 13. They meet every Thursday during term time in the Hall at Tudor Grange Samworth Academy, Trenant Road, Leicester, LE2 6UA, from 4.30pm until 5.30pm.

The subscription cost for this Music Centre is £38.00 per term.

These are the rehearsal dates for the Spring term. Performance information will be sent out shortly.

January 12th, 19th, 26th
February 2nd, 9th, 23rd
March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

If you are intersted in joining the choir and would like to know more, please email Gillian Ramshaw - or tel. 0116 3050411

Melton Area Music Centre - Brownlow Primary School

The Melton Area Music Centre will begin on Wednesday 26th October and will take place every Wednesday during term time. Membership will be free of charge for the rest of the Autumn Term and then £38.00 per term for the rest of the academic year 2016/17.

The center will take place at Brownlow Primary School, Limes Avenue, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1QL and will offer the following activities;

Brass & Wind group at 3:45pm
Choir at 4:30pm
End at 5:15pm

If you have any queries regarding this information or would like to join, please contact Tony Rifugiato at LSMS tony.rifugiato@leics.gov.uk

Please use our online registration system to register for this group.

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.

Choral Workshops

Bespoke half or whole day workshops, for KS1 or KS2 children. Our vocal specialists can work with your school to choose repertoire that links to your curriculum. This more intensive approach can work perfectly to complement a themed day, curriculum enrichment, kick start a topic or even form the beginnings of a school choir.

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 Whole Class or Continuation learning in a previous year, pupils can if they wish, work towards ABRSM Graded Examinations. Sessions are 20 minutes in length

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.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitoring and evaluation will consist of:
1) The observation and collecting of video evidence of workshops in the project schools
2) Interviews with small selection of pupils and teachers from project schools
3) The completion of evaluation forms by the music leader(s), pupils and teachers in all project schools

City West Area - Djembe Troupe North - Beaumont Lodge Primary School

The Djembe Troupe West is an exciting ensemble where children can come and have fun playing Djembe with friends. The group is led by Adam Bailey, Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service's Djembe specialist. Your young musician will be joining children from other schools in the area that also play the djembe. The ensemble is open to players of all standards who have had previous djembe experience in school and the ensemble will be held weekly during term-time at Beaumont Lodge Primary School on Mondays 3:30-4:30pm.

Djembe drums are provided upon arrival free of charge so children will not need to bring anything with them. The Djembe Troupe will be working towards performance opportunities and children will develop their confidence with these enjoyable experiences.

The fee for membership of the Djembe Troupe is £10.00 per term. You will be signing up for a termly commitment and will be invoiced directly by email. You may be eligible for full fee remission if you are in receipt of benefits, please find information regarding this and how to register online by using the following links.

Remissions / Discounts

Online Registration

For more information please contact Matt Newnham - by email matt.newnham@leics.gov.uk or by phone 0116 3050414

Please see below for a short clip of the Djembe Troupe rehearsing.

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Partners

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

Partners

  • Arts
  • Music Service
  • Music And Culture
  • Viva
  • Darbar
  • Pedestrian
  • LCC
  • LCC 2
  • Philharmonia
  • Soft Touch Arts
  • Bullfrog
  • SoundLincs
  • Orchestras Live
  • Spark Childrens Festival
  • Leicester Cathedral
  • Leicester International Music Festival
  • The Mighty Creatives
  • Awards for Young Musicians
  • Music Mark