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Forthcoming Concerts: Invitation to Teachers

Services for Education - Music Service warmly invite your young singers to join a 'Scratch' Choir to perform in our Viva Vocal Event on Saturday 27th February 2016 at the Adrian Boult Hall in the city centre.
Singers from secondary schools across the city are invited to this event. A 'Scratch Choir' comes to together for rehearsals on the day of the concert and perform the songs they have learnt in the evening performance. 
We will be working on three pop songs to perform with a band. One of the songs will be performed with all the singers taking part in the concert. 

Details for the Rehearsal and Concert Day:

Singers need to arrive at Trefoil House (Brownsea Drive, Off Blucher Street,Birmingham B1 1QL) by 9.30am to register with Music Service Staff.
Two main rehearsals will take part during the day:
Rehearsal 1: 9.30am -12.00pm
Trefoil House (Brownsea Drive, Off Blucher Street, Birmingham B1 1QL) 
Rehearsal 2 :  1.45pm – 4.00pm
Adrian Boult Hall (Paradise Place, Fletchers Walk, Birmingham B3 3HG)
Singers will be escorted between the two venues (10 minute walk) at 12pm.
In the longer break times singers can either stay at the venue or be registered out and registered in again promptly to participate in the day.
The concert will begin at 6pm and will end at 8pm.
Singers need to wear black for the performance. Long sleeves and black tights if wearing skirts please.
Singers will need to bring refreshments with them. Vending machines and shops are also available nearby.
Deadline for registration is Tuesday 19th January 2016.

In addition to a comprehensive programme of weekly support for instrumental/vocal tuition, we are seeking to broaden our remit of support by:

  • Co-ordinating secondary school performance opportunities in partnership with Music for Youth.
  • Creating five new popular music schools across the city dedicated to rock, pop, urban, funk and popular instrumental music for pupils interested in band development.
  • Extending our popular Battle of the Bands event held every year in February/ March – including video footage/CDs of band performances and the opportunity to progress to perform at the National Rock and Pop Festival at Birmingham’s O2 Academy in June.
  • Funded peer review for classroom teachers - enabling colleagues to observe the work of another teacher in a nearby school.
  • Development of a collection of online videos exhibiting best practice as a tool for training and development.
  • Offering free membership to Music Mark, enabling teachers to avail of training, conferences and updates in Music Education
Assessment without levels  - An excellent article by Robin Hammerton: Ofsted: National Lead for Music
The Music Mark Marketplace is stacked full of useful information including all previous Ofsted reports, resources and examples of best practice from around the country.

ReelMusic supports new and existing instrumental/vocal teachers, classroom practitioners and schools' senior leadership teams through an online, video based, professional development tool. FREE access for Birmingham schools. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you have yet to receive your school login details.

Birmingham Music Hub – Secondary and Primary Music School Teachers Surveys 2018  results published:

pdf Primary Music School Teachers Survey 2018

pdf Secondary Music School Teachers Survey 2018

pdf SFE Inclusion Booklet

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