Musical Solutions for Schools

Welcome to our Musical Solutions page featuring our Schemes of Work, In-House WCET delivery and Music Technology for Schools

Music Technology Offers / Projects

All of the projects below are led by comprehensively planned slides and interactive video tutorials that guide every aspect of each lesson, including the input, activities and assessment. The teacher facilitates the learning journey and can learn alongside the pupils.

This low anxiety method of delivery has been a highly successful model in Leicestershire for 4 years and has received praise for its' ease of delivery from teachers and TA's alike, including those who previously lacked confidence when teaching Music or when using Music Technology equipment.

As part of these packages, school staff receive a day of training, access to comprehensive teaching resources and loan of all required equipment needed (apart from iPads required for the iPad packages), for the duration of the project.

Please see below for more information on the projects and testimonials from school staff.

Primary Turntablism Scheme of Work - 10 Lessons / 10 Weeks

The Primary Turntablism WCET offer, aimed at Y5 and Y6 pupils, teaches entry level skills and beyond enabling students to explore the artform commonly known as "Scratch DJing".

Over the course of this fully planned 10 lesson / 10 week Scheme of Work, students have the opportunity to learn a range of scratch techniques and compose and perform their own scratch pieces using a graphical form of scratch notation. The Scheme of Work covers a large range of technical skills and an extensive amount of the Music Curriculum. This highly accessible package is a firm favourite in our technology based WCET offers.

Price: £600
Primary Turntablism WCET – In Action

Includes training, hire of the equipment to cater for up to 32 students and a years' access to the online planning, resources and tutorial videos. This package offers exceptional value for money as there is no limit to the number of pupils who can take part in the lessons in your school. In the past, we have had schools deliver the scheme to over 650 of their pupils resulting in the cost coming down to less than £1 per pupil.

Limited availability – for more information please contact Brad Smith at LSMS - bradley.smith@leics.gov.uk

Primary iPad GarageBand (Tech) WCET - 10 Lessons / 10 Weeks

The Primary iPad GarageBand WCET offer, aimed at Y5 and Y6 students, is only available for schools who have their own class set of iPads (at least 1 between 2 pupils). This highly engaging unit of work teaches students many technical skills of navigating and using the features of GarageBand's live loops section, whilst also covering a broad range of the Music Curriculum.

Pupils can explore a range of genres, learn a range of technical and traditional music vocabulary along with composing and performing pieces using a newly developed form of graphic notation, proudly developed by the Leicestershire Schools Music Technology Team. The package includes the hire of 30 pairs of headphones and 15 audio splitters, however, the school must provide their own iPads with the latest version of GarageBand installed. Please note that GarageBand is a free application.

Price £350

Primary iPad GarageBand WCET – in action

For more information please contact Brad Smith at LSMS - bradley.smith@leics.gov.uk

Primary Sound Exploration and Sampling (Tech) WCET - 10 Lessons / 10 Weeks

The Primary iPad GarageBand WCET offer, aimed at Y5 and Y6 students, has been designed as a partnership project between Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service, De Montfort University and Midlands 4 Cities. This highly accessible unit of work allows students to explore and critique sounds that are found all around them in everyday life and school environment, whilst addressing a broad range of the Music Curriculum.

Looking in depth at a genre called Sound Based Music (commonly associated with Sound Scape style genres), the unit allows all students, regardless of their previous musical experiences, to compose music using sounds that they have chosen to record due to their sonic qualities. Students also learn the basic principles of how to record high quality samples, using professional field recording equipment, before editing and creating pieces using free PC applications. Schools wishing to participate in this unit of work must have access to Windows computers, catering for at least one computer between two learners.

Price £425

Primary Sound Exploration and Sampling WCET – In Action

Limited availability – for more information please contact Brad Smith at LSMS - bradley.smith@leics.gov.uk

Secondary Turntablism (Tech) WCET - 10 Lessons / 10 Weeks

The Secondary Turntablism WCET offer is aimed at Y7, Y8 and Y9 pupils, teaches entry level skills and beyond enabling students to explore the artform commonly known as "Scratch DJing".

Over the course of this fully planned 10 lesson / 10 week unit of work, students have the opportunity to learn a range of scratch techniques and compose and perform their own scratch pieces using a graphical form of scratch notation. Students in their third year of the unit, Y9, will also compose and perform using the melodic elements of the bespoke Class Cuts Scratch record, equipping them perfectly to access a range of examining board GCSE performance / composition criteria. Covering a large range of technical skills and an extensive amount of the Music Curriculum, this highly accessible package is a firm favourite in our technology based WCET offers.

Price: £600

Secondary Scratch Competition 2018/2019



Ethan GCSE Performance 1

Limited availability – for more information please contact Brad Smith at LSMS - bradley.smith@leics.gov.uk

Secondary iPad GarageBand (Tech) WCET - 10 Lessons / 10 Weeks

The Secondary iPad GarageBand WCET offer is designed ideally for Y7, Y8 and Y9 and is only available for schools who have their own class set of iPads (at least 1 between 2 pupils). This highly engaging unit of work teaches learners many technical skills of navigating and using the features of GarageBand's live loops section, whilst also covering a broad range of the Music Curriculum.

Over the course of this fully planned 10 lesson / 10 week Scheme of Work, students can explore a range of genres, learn a range of technical and traditional music vocabulary and get to compose and perform pieces using a newly developed form of graphic notation, proudly developed by the Leicestershire Schools Music Technology Team. This package includes the hire of 30 pairs of headphones and 15 audio splitters however the school must provide their own iPads with the latest version of GarageBand installed. Please note that GarageBand is a free application.

Price £350

Secondary iPad GarageBand WCET – In Action

Limited availability – for more information please contact Brad Smith at LSMS - bradley.smith@leics.gov.uk


SEND Scheme of Work

LSMS, in partnership with Lead Music Practitioners across Leicestershire, are proud to share a comprehensive and inclusive SEND Scheme of Work, offering both specialist and non-specialist music teachers a resource to help them feel confident in delivering good quality music lessons.

We were delighted that Leicestershire Schools Music Service SEND Music Curriculum was shortlisted for the Outstanding SEND Resource Award at the 2019 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence.

The Scheme as a whole provides an outline for learning outcomes that can be related to any assessment framework and are designed to fit with any topic or theme. Music Technology has been incorporated in a constructive way to support the development of students' music skills rather than as a recreational tool.

Please click here for further information and to view a sample Unit of Work

For further enquiries please contact Sarah Share at LSMS sarah.share@leics.gov.uk


Primary Scheme of Work

The Primary Scheme of Work is written by a group of Leicestershire teachers and;

  • Is written for non-specialist teachers
  • 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

Please click here for further information and to view a sample Unit of Work

For further enquiries please contact Sarah Share at LSMS sarah.share@leics.gov.uk

Partners

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

Partners

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