Welcome to the Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service Primary Music page.
There are numerous ways that LSMS can support Headteachers, Music co-ordinators and teachers of music.
Please click on a link below to access further information
Please click on the headings below to access further information / resources.
Primary School Music Technology
Transformance Music led a CPD session on teaching music with ipads. For those that attended and would like a refresher, please take a look at the video of the webinar and the handout resources below. These resources are also suitable if you didn't attend the training and are interested in developing your teaching skills on ipads and teaching music.
Music Champion Headteachers
We currently have a number of Champion headteachers who work closely with LSMS. Their school is already achieving excellence in music and the Headteachers are keen to share their good practice with other schools.
- Hazel Maher – St Marys C of E Primary School, Bitteswell
- Andrew Pridmore – Elizabeth Woodville Primary School
- Dave Deacon - Ashmount School
- Chris Chorlton – Newtown Linford Primary School & Seagrave Village Primary School
- Sheila Crichton - Marriott Primary School
- Lisa Jones – Ratby Primary School
We currently meet twice a year, engage in supportive conversations with Head Teachers about the quality of music teaching and the curriculum in their schools and are 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.firstname.lastname@example.org
Music Co-ordinator Toolkit
FREE Primary Toolkit
Ally Daubney has created a new free resource that can be found on the ISM website using the link below. It is a free practical toolkit for primary teachers to help them understand and try out primary music in their own classrooms. She has tried not to reinvent the wheel and has signposted resources throughout.
The toolkit is in six parts that can be viewed online or downloaded:
- Singing and vocal work (in conjunction with SingUp)
- Using musical instruments in the classroom
- Composing, improvising and doodling
- Using technology in primary music education
- Music across the creative curriculum
A resource that sets out listening suggestions for the whole of the academic year that covers a diverse range of music. There is also a powerpoint that can be used to support the children's knowledge and listening skills.
Thanks to Abi Harding, St Peter's Primary School, Market Bosworth, for sharing this resource.
Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England. It provides a clear framework for teachers to plan, develop and evaluate arts, culture and creativity across the curriculum.
Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub is an Artsmark partner organisation, and can support schools in applications for silver, gold or platinum status. Most schools in the city are already engaging with music hub activities, so chances are you already have some excellent evidence for meeting Artsmark criteria.
Whole Class Ensemble Tuition, VocalEase, Music Tuition Centres, signposting young people to the central ensembles, attending CPD and taking part in our large scale performances are ways in which schools can offer children musical opportunities that support schools in their Artsmark application.
The LSMS Music Quality Mark gives Headteachers and Music coordinators opportunity to reflect on the current music provision, gain support matched to schools needs and celebrate with a bronze, silver or gold Quality Mark, all free of charge with trained Music Consultant.
Get in touch with us for help and advice about using music hub initiatives as part of your Artsmark application. For more information about Artsmark, click here or contact The Mighty Creatives for support with the application process.
Schools that are currently engaging with Artsmark are listed here
From September 2018 we will no longer be offering the Charanga online resource as part of our teaching projects but schools can arrange their own licence by clicking here.
Alternatively, if your school is already singing with us and you have pupils who would like individual singing lessons, either at home or in school, then why not visit our Associate Instrumental Teachers page and use our 'Tutor Finder' which enables you to search for teachers according to instruments, ability level, area taught etc.
If you have students who would like to join a choir, please look at our Singing Opportunities Page.