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Bolton Music Service

How We work with Schools

The National Plan for Music Education The Importance of Music provides clear benchmarks for music education for children at all key stages. It also states that no one school, department, organisation or individual can provide what is required on their own. Partnerships are essential.

Bolton Music Service supports schools with:

1. Instrumental/Vocal Music Tuition
Specialist tuition on a full range of instruments including:

Brass, Woodwind, Upper Strings (violin/viola) and Lower Strings (‘cello/double bass), Percussion (including drum kit, tuned percussion and samba/African drumming), Voice, Guitar (acoustic, electric and bass), Keyboard and Piano.

2. Wider Opportunities
Instrumental tuition for a whole class for one school year in KS2- 36 weekly sessions per year for the whole class deliver by a specilist instrumemntal teacher alongside your class teacher / TA. All programmes offered are arranged with schools on an individual basis. There is an expectation that schools will continue to support those pupils who wish to continue learning an instrument after the Wider Opportunities programmes by setting up an ensemble and supporting weekly group tuition in the following year. An affordable Musical Instrument Hire Scheme is available to support children with this tuition.

The WOPs Service School Agreement outlines how these programmes work best.


3. Violin / Cello Start
These are new programmes for 2013, and are designed to enable pupils in Year 2 to learn to play a string instruments at an early age. Depending on the class size, these are usually 1-hour programmes, with pupils receiving lessons in 2 large groups (of around 15 pupils). Starting a musical instrument at this early age has been shown to have a very positive impact on overall learning.

4. Curriculum Support
Primary schools buying into the Curriculum Support package will receive a half-day class-teaching session every week, provided by a specialist music classroom teacher. This is also a training programme for your class teacher in the delivery of music and those schools which use it in this way really do reap the benefits in terms of staff development.Curriculum support programmes can also include whole key stage singing workshops and school choir sessions.

5. World Music / Rock Band Projects
These projects are for KS2 and are delivered by specialist teachers of percussion, world music and rock band work. These special projects run for 5 or 6 weekly Wednesday afternoon sessions, and culminate in a performance for parents, pupils, governors and other visitors. The 3 projects on offer are: -

• Fiesta de la Samba – for Years 5 and 6
• Journey into Africa – for Year 3 and 4, or Years 5 and 6.
• Rock Band Project – for Year 6

These sessions can be tailor made to meet the needs of your school. The projects will include a range of percussion / instrumental and vocal workshop activities, and will provide the school with a range of supporting resource materials, as well as the final concert in schools.

These highly sought after programmes book up early, with only 6 projects per year available for each programme.

6. Music Technology
Music Technology teaching (whole class / groups) is provided by specialist teachers. This teaching will deliver the curriculum for existing GCSE / B tech and A level courses and will also provide training and support for classroom teachers in the area of Music Technology.

7. Musical Futures
Secondary schools can buy-in weekly whole class teaching for KS3 through the ‘Musical Futures’ programme. This involves all pupils in the class making music in ‘rock band’ style groups, and learning a range of instrumental and performance skills. As part of this programme schools will hire the full set of equipment (including guitars, electric drum machines, bass guitars, amplifiers and microphones), which can then be utilised for other areas of music curriculum delivery.

8. Music for Special Schools
Special schools can buy-in Wider Opportunities programmes tailored to meet the needs of each school.

Bolton Music Service works with ‘Music Unlimited’ in the provision of a range of tailor made teaching programmes for special schools.

9. BMS Live
This is an interactive live music experience from a team of specialist musicians from Bolton Music Service. The experience will take the form of an interactive concert, where the team will not only perform to the pupils, but will engage the pupils in a range of musical songs and games. The performance will usually last for an hour, and is for the whole school.

Added Value Services
Bolton Music Service provides a range of additional services and programmes for schools which support the national curriculum and the development of music making opportunities for young people. The services below are provided free of charge to schools and are supported by national Hub fnding and other local grants.

1. A range of special projects with GM Music Hub partners eg. Halle Education, BBC Philharmonic, RNCM, Chethams School of Music, Brighter Sound
2. Regular network meetings and CPD for school-based teachers

3. Departmental Reviews and Action Plans for secondary music departments

4. Regular performance opportunities for school in local venues

5. Bolton Music Centre is a registered centre for Trininty Grade Examinations(pupils pay appropriate fee)

6. Large scale vocal projects, performances and festivals

7. A range of instrumental days

8. Bolton Music Service staff support for school ensembles and concerts

9. Planning meetings with head teachers to develop school music provision
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