Here you will find useful information outlining any emerging opportunities available to primary schools. We will also update any links to relevant articles or information that you may find useful in developing the work of your department in school.

Developing Confidence in Music Key Stage 2

WARWICK HOUSE
Cost:£150 to include classroom resources
Facilitator:Ruth Roberts
Overview
This course is designed for class teachers who wish to increase their confidence and knowledge of teaching class music in Key Stage 2. Learn how to effectively plan and deliver singing and musical activities to develop music skills including improvisation and composition, as well as have a learning impact across the curriculum.
A resource pack will accompany the session to enable you to incorporate your learning into classroom practice straight away and will be led by Ruth Roberts, Head of Vocal Studies at the Music Service.
 

Music Improvisation and Composition in the Key Stage Classroom

 
WARWICK HOUSE
Cost: £150 to include classroom resources
Facilitator: Ruth Roberts
Overview
This course is designed for teachers who wish to increase their confidence and knowledge in teaching Improvisation and Composition in Key Stage 2. Learn how to effectively plan, deliver, perform and record whole class, group and individual projects with voice and classroom instruments.
A resource pack will accompany the session to enable you to incorporate your learning into classroom practice straight away and will be led by Ruth Roberts, Head of Vocal Studies at the Music Service.
 

Developing Confidence in Music Key Stage 1

WARWICK HOUSE
Cost: £150 to include classroom resources
Facilitator: Ruth Roberts
Overview
This course is designed for class teachers who wish to increase their confidence and knowledge of teaching class music in Key Stage 1. Learn how to effectively plan and deliver singing and musical activities to develop music skills as well as have a learning impact across the curriculum.
A resource pack will accompany the session to enable you to incorporate your learning into classroom practice straight away and will be led by Ruth Roberts, Head of Vocal Studies at the Music Service.

Singing Connections

9 hours of specialist vocal tuition across three terms supporting three strands of school learning.The Music Service seeks to respond to the needs of schools by subsidising a vocal strategy, which addresses more than music in its aims and aspirations. We have commissioned Ex Cathedra, our vocal strategy partner, to develop a new set of resources and a flexible approach to delivery, that will connect to other key areas of learning and school ethos through song.

Schools can order each component separately for £250 individually or £399 when bundled with Charanga.
 

Singing Connections—How will it work?

  • Your school will choose one year group to develop from either Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2.
  • Ex Cathedra will send a specialist vocal teacher each term, for a half day, to work with this class, or with the year group, to sing songs that devel-op literacy, numeracy and songs that support the locally agreed syllabus for RE (SMSC/tolerance and values).
  • Your school can decide on an approach that best meets your school needs – one hour on each topic or 3 hours of intense work on one related area of learning.
  • Ex Cathedra will manage all visits to your school and provide contact details for your visiting teacher to discuss your needs.
  • A resource pack (with audio assistance) will be provided so that school staff can work with children in between termly sessions.

Forthcoming Concerts: Invitation to Teachers

Area Gala Concerts

Services for Education - Music Service warmly invite your young singers to join a 'Primary Massed Choir' to perform in one of our 'Area Gala Concerts' at the Adrian Boult Hall in the city centre.Singers from primary schools across the city have been invited to this event. The Primary Choir will consist of children taught by Music Service vocal teachers in their own schools. A cluster of choirs will then come together on the day of the concert to form a 'massed choir' who will rehearse together and sing the songs learnt in the evening performance.
 
All pieces in the concert will be songs and themes from the movies, we will perform two songs as the massed primary choir and two songs which all performers will join in with.
 
The aim of the day is for the singers to enjoy making a great sound and for them to see other musicians perform in a range of ensemble situations.
 
Details for the Rehearsal and Concert Day:
 
Schools are responsible for providing transport for children to and from the venue. School staff will be needed to supervise their children throughout the rehearsal and concert, ensuring that any relevant medical forms and contact details are organised.
 
Schools need to arrive by 4.45pm for a rehearsal of the massed songs for all performers starting at 5.00pm -5.30pm. The primary choir will then rehearse at 5.45pm-6.30pm. There will then be a short break where children can have a snack, drink and toilet break before the concert begins at 7.00pm.
 
We suggest that children have an early tea before coming to this event, there will be only a short break where children will be able to have a quick snack.Children will need to wear school uniform for this event.
 
 

Instrumental/Vocal Teaching & Specialist Support

Instrumental/Vocal Teaching: £44 per hour
Instrumental/Vocal Teaching ordered in 3 hour blocks with the same teacher: £126 per 3 hour block
 
All instrumental and vocal teaching is related to the National Curriculum, is supported by written pupil profiles, and follows ‘A Common Approach’, the nationally agreed curriculum for instrumental/vocal teaching. Instrumental/vocal teaching is normally available and best delivered during the school day but, where necessary, arrangements may be made for visits before or after school.
 
Wherever possible, instrumental teaching is accompanied by the free loan of a quality instrument. Please consult your instrumental teacher in order to submit requests for instruments with your order form. Newly ordered teaching will carry an allocation of instruments.
 
 

Weekly Support: Curriculum

 
Classroom Music Specialist Teacher, EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
 
Experienced and qualified primary school music specialists are able to lead classroom sessions with a vocal and classroom percussion focus. A broad knowledge of the new National Curriculum allied with ‘A Common Approach’ enables our classroom music specialists to promote positive musical practice and progression of learning.
 
Classroom Music specialist teaching staff can:
 
  • Deliver the primary music curriculum with a vocal focus on developing musical skills among pupils.
  • Work alongside teachers in the classroom and liaise with music co-coordinators in long and medium-term planning.
  • Offer a variety of opportunities for children to take part in music projects in the city.
  • Assist schools with developing their application of the Charanga Musical School digital resource software.
 
Vocal teachers can:
 
  • Work alongside class teachers in their class developing vocal skills.
  • Train choirs.
 

Classroom Music

Classroom Music is best and most effectively booked in day (5 hours) or half-day (3 hour) sessions.
£52 per hour
 

Sessional Pianists

Sessional Pianists will assist teachers by playing for assemblies, music lessons, choir practices, school hymn practices, etc
£25 per hour
 
 
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The Music Service started this innovative programme in 2004 in just 7 classes and has now expanded to 320 classes. The Government National Plan for Music Education has Whole Class Instrumental Teaching as a core requirement. We now deliver this to more than 10,000 pupils every week with continuation rates of over 40%. Inclusion, progression and legacy remain core educational values of this delivery.
 
The programme, primarily intended to develop new opportunities for pupils to learn musical instruments, has demonstrated a much wider impact on all areas of pupils’ learning. Two reports on our programme, the first from Robert Bunting, then Music Adviser and secondly from Professor Martin Fautley of Birmingham City University concluded:
 
  • Music learning widens horizons. Heads, teachers and pupils all spoke of gratification, pleasure and worthwhileness which they obtained from these sessions
  • Pupils enjoy it
  • WCIT has impact in schools
  • WCIT learning is widely appreciated by parents and their involvement with school performances was widely reported
  • It is particularly significant that the less able have easily kept pace with their classmates
  • There has been a significant positive impact on the ethos and cohesion of all classes involved leading to improved teamwork and co-operation
  • There has been a marked improvement in children’s personal organisational skills. This positive impact has transferred to other aspects of pupils’ school work and learning
  • Parents have been extremely supportive and this programme has the potential to draw whole families from across the school community into the learning process
 
In two reports, they sum up by stating that the programme is a significant force for school improvement in general
 
The programme is delivered, to all pupils in every Year 4 class, by a Music Service teacher working in close partnership with the class teacher for a session of about 40 minutes per class each week for the full year.
 
Each session will provide a variety of linked activities including singing and opportunities for composition and improvisation. Each child will be loaned an instrument which, after careful preparation and training, they will be able to take home for practice. Instruments involved include: violin, cello, flute, clarinet, recorder, cornet, trumpet, tenor horn, baritone, trombone, guitar, ukulele, keyboard and percussion - djembe and mini pans.
 
As performance is a key element of the programme, opportunities to perform to the school and parents in assemblies are important.
 
Please note: Whole class instrumental teaching is offered to schools as a package, supporting musical progression and legacy. All schools sign up to the progression package over three years enabling ‘electives’ to continue learning into Year 5 and Year 6.
 
The costs of this programme are heavily subsidised for all Year 4 classes through the Music Grant.
 
Order by 17 June 2016
 
Please contact Stuart Birnie for full details, costs and to join the programme.
 
"By engaging with music , there has been a marked improvement in children's personal organisational skills. This positive impact has transferred to other aspects of pupils' school work and learning."
 
School Adviser Birmingham City Council

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