Welcome to the Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service SEND page
Our vision for SEND;
• To give pupils in SEN settings access to musical activities & live experiences.
• To create a traded package that can be offered to SEND schools to allow for sustainability
• All pupils have access to quality Music curriculum in school
LSMS works closely with Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub partners to enable us to offer high quality music-making experiences to SEND pupils and ensure our pupils reach their full potential.
LSMS have highly experienced Lead Practitioners who, alongside their current school teaching role deliver bespoke LSMS in SEND schools and offer support to other SEND schools in Leicester City and Leicestershire.
Our SEND Scheme of Work was nominated as an 'outstanding SEND resource' and got through to the final of the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence 2019.
We share updates and useful training at the termly network meetings. For information on SEND Network Meetings and to book your place, please click here. We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting.
LSMS strive to ensure there is equality and inclusivity at the heart of their work in music education. We are always keen to hear new ideas on ways to expand our work with SEND pupils.
Alison Mitchell is the Lead for SEND music education at LSMS and works closely with Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub partners to enable us to offer high quality music-making experiences to SEND pupils and ensure our pupils reach their full potential.
If you have an initiative that you would like to involve LSMS in please email LSMSteaching@leics.gov.uk
Please click on a heading below to access further information.
SEND Opportunities & Resources
SEND Schools Song Album - Where the River Flows
The Short Guide to Accessible Music Education
The Short Guide to Accessible Music Education is the only guide of its kind in the UK. Compiled by Emma Lines (Drake Music Scotland) and Jonathan Westrup (Drake Music). Through partnership with the Music Education Council ASN/SEND Working Group, the aim of the document is to provide a one-stop-shop signposting to organisations, initiatives, research documents and more around the subject of accessible music education.
Soundbeam Loan Scheme
Soundbeam hire and project details:
LSMS have extended their offer with Soundbeams to SEN settings. We currently have 6 Soundbeams that are available to be used in Leicester-Shire Schools.
For those who are unaware of what Soundbeam is, please check out this YouTube clip to give you an idea of what Soundbeam is and its capabilities within the classroom.
Schools are using the units to introduce students to different sound fields, to develop their topic work, and as a resource across the whole school. Within SLD and MLD settings, It develops improvisation, composition and arranging skills when working in a group, and within PMLD settings, it is an excellent resource to enable music making for students with limited movements and allows students autonomy where some conventional instruments cannot.
Work at Dorothy Goodman has proved successful, with the unit being used across the school 'The sound beam has been a valuable resource in enabling students of all ages and abilities to access a vibrant and varied curriculum, not just within music, without barriers to their learning' – Mark Wilson, teacher.
Option 1 - Soundbeam loan
Half a term
Option 2 - Soundbeam Project
The cost includes the loan of the Soundbeam and the project can be themed to fit the school curriculum and tailored to the needs of your students
3 x ½ day workshops PLUS Soundbeam loan for ½ term, plus a free initial project planning meeting
6 x ½ day workshops PLUS Sound beam loan for full term, plus a free initial project planning meeting
Staff training 1 ½ hours for up to 6 staff
To book a Soundbeam loan or a Soundbeam project please email Alison.Mitchell@leics.gov.uk
This is excellent value considering the price of a new Soundbeam (currently £3525).
This resource has the potential to be used across school to enhance all aspect of the curriculum.
Soundbeam Project Report
Teaching Music with Garageband for iPad
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.
Soundbeam Project Writeup (PDF, 218 Kb)