Teachers and School Workers
We can help you to ensure that your wider opportunities scheme can meet the needs of all pupils
Music making with KS1 and KS2
We work with primary schools across the whole of Yorkshire on various projects and teacher training events.
Over four years, we were Area Leaders for Sing Up, the government initiative to re-invigorate singing in primary schools; we provided advice, training and other services to over 1800 schools for primary-aged children across the whole of Yorkshire. We helped schools to develop their singing activity in many ways – from encouraging playground singing games, to starting and developing choirs and choral singing, to helping young people to become leaders of singing in their own schools.
We also provide specialist CPD (continuing professional development) for teachers and other music educators. Visit our Developing Your Skills page to find out more.
Music Ambassadors was a training programme for non-music specialist teachers and early career artists, with our partners Opera North.
“Music Ambassadors has made my teaching more adventurous and exciting for the children.”
Teacher at Brownhill Primary School, Leeds
Well over 100 teachers have taken part in the programme since 2005. The teachers work with professional musicians to develop their skills and confidence in leading singing and music in the classroom and learn how to create a classroom opera with their pupils.
Doncaster Schools Project, Creative Partnerships
Our Doncaster Schools project was designed to show both primary teachers and children a whole range of wonderful music which can be done in the classroom. Six schools took part, each learning a different style of traditional music over an 8 week period. At the final performance at Don Valley High School, 150 children performed West African, South African, Eastern European, English, classical Indian and South American music for each other; they had learned dances, made their own costumes, and learned about different religions and cultures, as well as learning to sing and play music from around the world.
“The quality of the singing was amazing and the children were so committed to their performances!”
Primary school pupil
“I like the project because I have been able to learn about other cultures and how other religions work. Also because it has developed my pitch when I am singing it is fun and very exciting.”
Primary school teacher
From September 2012, all primary schools will be required to deliver wider opportunities. We can help you to ensure that your wider opportunities scheme can meet the needs of all pupils. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Music making with KS3, 4 and 5
We have worked with music students and teachers at Secondary Schools and Further Education Colleges across the whole of Yorkshire on various projects.
Elastic Band was a three year in and out of school project we delivered for Sowerby Bridge High School. Its starting point was the musical interests and ambitions of the school’s pupils, and aimed to create independent, rounded musicians who had found their strengths. Young people could attend and learn whatever instrument they wanted – and many learned two or three over the course of the project; the activities each week were decided democratically by the group. The skilled and versatile musicians who worked on the project were able to turn their hands to many musical styles, and to a variety of instruments. The young people learned song-writing and performance skills and, towards the end of the project, spent two days in a professional recording studio learning the process of making their own CD.
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