Updated 14th Sep 2020
Good Luck to all the pupils returning to school and huge thanks and respect to all the teachers and school staff for all their hard work in ensuring that schools are safe and prepared.
We can't wait to start making music with you all!
Welcome to our website.
At Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service, the health and well-being of our audiences, musicians, participants and staff is of the highest priority.
The Coronavirus pandemic is a fast-changing and difficult situation for us all, and we are supporting musicians, staff, parents and our audiences as best as we can. We'd like to thank everybody for their understanding and patience.
We are continually reviewing our Risk Assessments with regard to Covid 19. These will be updated regularly and posted both here (below) and on the Schools page.
The new guidance (September 14th) that no more than 6 people can meet indoors or outside does not apply to Music Education activity regardless of whether it is part of curriculum learning or is an OOSS activity.
If you are a school concerned about delivering music education safely next year, please visit our Schools page for the latest guidance for Leicester and Leicestershire schools on safe musical learning.
Visit our Musical Solutions page to find out how we can help with innovative distance learning. We are committed to delivering high quality music education and are working with Schools to ensure that young people's music education can continue.
If you have any queries about our projects, bookings or any way we might be able to help music making in your school please contact a member of our team using the email link or mobile numbers below.
Percussion, Strings & Ukulele - Matt Newnham - 07961 098088
Brass & Guitar - Tony Rifugiato - 07944 712233
Woodwind & Singing - Nicki Atkins - 07508 013201
Steel Pans - Gillian Ramshaw – 07535 641847
Music Technology – Brad Smith - 07508 013232
Special Schools - Sarah Share - 07905 502657
Secondary Schools - Sharon Jagdev Powell – 07936 349073
Curriculum Resources and Support - Becky.Bell@leics.gov.uk
Instrument Queries – Richard Siddons - 07889 809841
Please note that as we are working from home there may be times when we may not be able to answer calls. If this is the case – please leave us a message with a contact number and we will return your call as soon as we can.
We will be in touch with schools regularly with more information about how we can support you and your students.
The DfE guidance for the full opening of schools in September can be found here.
Please also see the current Music Mark Guidance for Schools, which we are working with until updated guidance is available.
If you are a Student / Parent / School looking for free activities, please click on Student Learning where we are continuing to upload new resources every day. You can also find resources on our Youtube channel, split into playlists for different instruments and activities. Lastly, you might want to explore our Performance archive.
If are interested in playing in one of our Performance Group, please click here for information - Peformance Groups, including how to join and how things will take place next term.
On Tuesday 14th July we held our first online music festival - Leics Make Music. The festival featured a diverse range of musical talent, showcased across virtual stages;- Leics be Inspired, Leics Introduce, Leics get Involved and Leics Perform Together. including the winning entries from our Soundtrack to Leicestershire Composition Competition and massed virtual choir performance from our A Million Dreams Project with Mark de-Lisser.
We will continue to monitor the situation carefully following guidelines from Leicestershire County Council, Public Health England and the Department for Education.
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