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Updated 29th March 2021.
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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. We will continue to support musicians, staff, parents and our audiences as best as we can through these difficult times. We'd like to thank everybody for their understanding and patience.
DfE announces new model curriculum 26 March 2021
The aim of the Model Music Curriculum (MMC) is to ensure a universal provision of music education, for all pupils in all schools. In time and resources, this provision is as follows: At Key Stages 1 and 2, pupils should receive a minimum of one hour of teaching a week; this may take the form of short sessions spread across the week.
In Years 3 or 4, it is recommended that each class should start a whole-class instrumental programme lasting a minimum of one term.
The mandatory term will be supported by teachers from the local Music Education Hub.
Opportunities for development should continue beyond the mandatory term. There should be access to both rhythmic and melodic instruments in Key Stages 1 and 2; this may be as part of the whole-class instrumental programme and/or in other classroom teaching. Music should have a minimum of one weekly period the whole way through Key Stage 3. Carousels are not a substitute that fits with the values of comprehensive education.
In light of the February announcement regarding schools re-opening, please find updated information and links below.
Our Covid 19 Information & Guidance page contains the latest guidance for Leicester and Leicestershire schools on safe musical learning. This page is updated regularly as new guidance is released from the DfE and we are continually reviewing our Risk Assessments with regard to Covid 19 - LSMS Covid 19 Risk Assessment 29.03.21. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you want further support, advice or clarification.
We are committed to supporting schools, staff, students and parents through the stages of the easing of lockdown. Our Lockdown Learning and Youtube Sessions for Schools / Parents / Carers / Students will remain available throughout.
We have developed a range of FREE fully planned and Covid-aware Schemes of Work for schools, along with FREE Consultation sessions for Primary, Secondary, SEND, Music Technology and Singing.
CPD – Please click here to see our Spring / Summer CPD Offers
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're thinking about future Music Projects for your school, have any queries about our projects, bookings or any way we might be able to help you and your students make music. please contact a member of our team. If you would like to book projects online, please click here -http://bit.ly/LSMSSchBook, or to discuss with a member of staff please click here for contact details
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 - 07920 535366
Secondary Schools - Sharon Jagdev Powell – 07936 349073
Curriculum Resources and Support - Becky Bell
Instrument Queries – Richard Siddons - 07889 809841
If we are unable to answer – 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.
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 moving forward. Groups are meeting virtually.
We'd love to share our two recent online performances - Leics Sing! and Leics Perform Together - with you. Please click here to find out more about our amazing Leics Make Music - Winter 2020 Festival of Events. Huge thanks to everyone who made these possible.