Let's Make Music!
There are lots of reasons to make music in your school.
The DfE National Plan for Music Education says that every child aged 5-18 should have the opportunity to:
• Learn a musical instrument
• Play in ensembles and to perform
• Access clear progression routes
• Sing regularly and join choirs
Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service (LSMS) receives DfE funding, overseen by Arts Council England, and we use this to subsidise our programmes for schools.
Amanda Spielman, Ofsted Chief Inspector recently said: '…one significant change is increasing attention to the curriculum and to what makes the substance of a decent education. So, how are schools making sure that children get a full and rounded education?... We want to know what is being taught and how schools are achieving a good education, not just what the results look like.'
So, music is a key part of a child's education and LSMS has a specialist team of teachers who can help you deliver it through whole class, small group and 1-2-1 instrumental lessons. There are also in-school and regional singing projects, teacher training, and exciting performance opportunities.
To give you just a flavour of the projects available: this year we've developed our offer for years 1 – 3, including P-Buzz (a precursor to the trombone), and ukulele. There's a diverse range of options for KS2, KS3 and KS4, including Turntablism and Taiko, and for SEND schools; iPad, Soundbeam and Singing Experience days.
LSMS are also here to help support you to deliver quality music education through CPD, curriculum support, resources and advice.
To discuss how we can help you with music making in your school, please scroll down to find and contact your Area Music Leader. They'll be more than happy to help!
In this section of the site you can find out more information about the range of school based activities available from Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service, Music CPD for teaching staff, guidance for Headteachers on how to deliver quality teaching and learning of music, find specialist teachers, discuss performances and opportunities and access relevant school documents.
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Who is Area Music Leader for my School?
Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service work with Schools and other Partners to promote music making opportunities for all young people in Leicester and Leicestershire. To enable this, key members of staff – Area Music Leaders – are responsible for working collaboratively with Schools to promote, guide and encourage music provision in their designated area around the City and County.
If you would like to find out who your Area Music Leader is and how to contact them, please type your schools' name into the finder form below.
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.