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Yamaha Class Band

Please find details of the Yamaha Class Band system below. Click the titles to expand information.

What is Class Band?

Class Band is a symphonic orchestra of wind instruments including Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba and Percussion (Optional French Horn, Baritone and Oboe if required).

The Class Band method caters for groups of 20 -32 students. It caters for students at KS2 or KS3 level.

All students in a Class Band start as beginners with no previous experience on their chosen instrument – if they already play an instrument they are encouraged to take up a different instrument, albeit one that is sympathetic to their first instrument.

From the very first lesson students learn to play their instruments using a systematic approach – the class teacher is involved and there are usually 2 teachers in attendance - one specialist in Woodwind and the other in Brass.

Further information can be found on the Yamaha website: http://www.yamahamusiceducation.co.uk/index.html

The LSMS offer on behalf of the Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub:

Our offer enables a school to have use of the instruments and free training from Yamaha for a specified time (12 months). The aims of the project are:

  • To provide a set of high quality Yamaha instruments to the school for the duration of the project
  • To provide a CPD opportunity to improve the confidence of teachers in teaching Class Band (Directing and developing a Class Band leads to better communication and understanding from students and parents).
  • To develop and improve transition in music year 6 to year 7
  • To provide high quality musical experiences that supports and extends the curriculum
  • To provide experiences that are inclusive and accessible to pupils regardless of prior experience
  • To support the aims of the National Plan for Music Education and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Musical Bridges CPD modules
  • Opportunities to be involved in workshops with professional artists through Yamaha; most recently YolanDa Brown

In order to ensure that the project is sustainable, is integrated into the music curriculum and is available as a model for other schools we would expect that the Class Band project model:

  • enriches the national curriculum and clearly integrates listening, performing, composing and appraising to ensure the enhancement of musical understanding (teachers and pupils)
  • defines manageable procedures for assessing pupil progress against the learning objectives
  • challenges the more able pupils and instrumentalists in a class
  • supports the lower achieving pupils
  • enables the class teachers to develop skills and confidence in teaching music

Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitoring and evaluation will consist of:

1) The observation and collecting of video evidence of workshops in the project schools.

2) Interviews with small selection of pupils and teachers from project schools.

3) The completion of evaluation forms by the music leader(s), pupils and teachers in all project schools.

School Commitment

Schools would be required to:

  • Buy in at least one member of LSMS staff (a specialist brass or woodwind whole class teacher) to lead the Class Band for at least 50% of your Year 7 classes (£42 per hour to include access to free training and a set of high quality instruments)
  • Provide a teacher who is a brass or woodwind specialist to team teach with the LSMS music leader
  • Provide classes (not specially selected groups) of year 7 pupils to learn instruments for the equivalent of 1 hour per week (each class) in curriculum time A minimum of 3 classes is required to utilize this resource
  • Provide free access to pupils
  • To provide extension opportunities for children to progress in subsequent years. Examples could include a Yamaha Band Club provided by the school free of charge, instrumental lessons or a follow up second year of the Yamaha Class Band project.
  • Commit to up to 6 days of CPD for staff involved in the project over a 12 month period
  • Use the Class Band experience to generate new musicians for school ensembles
  • Provide the opportunity for students involved in the Class Band project to take part in the Arts Award scheme
  • Support and develop music in feeder primary schools and in particular to developing and supporting the whole class ensemble tuition programme offered by LSMS
  • Be willing to explore the opportunity for exchange visits and to attend workshops and concerts throughout Europe with Class Bands in other countries
  • Demonstrate a commitment to ensuring that the model is sustainable and provide clear routes for progression

Expressions of Interest

There are a limited number of projects available within the city and county. The first round of applications for a project should be submitted to Sarah Barton (Acting Deputy Service Manager)

Yamaha have provided a number of DVD's about the project which we can send out to interested schools on a first come first served basis. Please let us know if you would like to receive a copy

Acting Deputy Service Manager
Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service