Musical opportunities for children
and young people in Blackburn with Darwen

Curriculum Secondary

Curriculum Secondary

Curriculum Secondary

All secondary schools have access to our programme of instrumental and vocal tuition, workshops and projects.

Support for schools

BwD Music Hub aims to have a conversation with all Heads of Music during each school year aims identify areas of strength in music delivery as well as highlighting aspects of provision that the hub can support individual schools to develop. This contact helps us collate a picture of music provision in Blackburn with Darwen and enables us to identify the areas we need to prioritise for support and development across the borough.


Our most recent development is 'Soundtracks', a project funded by the National Foundation of Youth Music to be delivered between January 2016 and December 2017. This will develop access to music opportunities in partnership with Blackburn Youth Zone and BwD Young People's Service. Click HERE for more details about how your school can get involved.


Independent Learning

Blackburn with Darwen Music Hub has partnership agreement with Gigajam, an online learning opportunity which every child in Blackburn with Darwen can access FREE either through school, through a community organisation or independently . We have purchased a licence to secure this free access until April 2018.
Gigajam provides easy to follow online lessons on keyboard, guitar, bass guitar and drumkit. The minimum requirement is to have access to an instrument and to a computer. Although access to MIDI makes it easier to log progress, it is not essential.

School Curriculum delivery

Used in a school as part of curriculum music delivery the Gigajam programme facilitates whole class learning and records achievement online, enabling the class teacher to monitor progress. All achievement is logged and the learning can be linked to Arts Award.

We have experienced teachers within our peripatetic instrumental delivery team and at head of department level in schools to advice on accessing and using this provision.
In theory: this will mean that every single child and young person in Blackburn and Darwen can learn to play an instrument, develop the skills to play in an ensemble, take exams, gain Arts Award and get UCAS points for university.
Visit to try out/find out more about this online learning opportunity or contact us on 01254 666444 / email for further details.


The Ofsted Report, 'Music in Schools: what hubs must do' outlines the impact that Music Education Hubs are required have on leading improvements on the delivery of music curriculum in schools from 2014 onwards. In response to this report, Blackburn with Darwen Music Hub is in the process of meeting with each school to have a conversation about current provision and to identify ways in which we support the school to develop its music education offer, to understand more about musical learning and how to identify and support children's musical progress.

Possible questions asked during Ofsted inspections:

  • What is the impact of your school's work with its local music education hub?
  • How often is music taught to all classes?
  • How do you judge the quality of music lessons?
  • Are you aware of Ofsted's subject-specific guidance?
  • Do all pupils benefit from music in school or just a few?
  • (Taken from 'Schools and Inspection, Section B6'; Ofsted March 2014)


Ofsted Report: Music in Schools: what hubs must do (Nov. 2013).

Headteacher guidance: Ofsted Report: Music in Schools: promoting good practice (Sept. 2012).

SMEP guidance document: School Music Education Plan Guidance (109KB).


We have a team of instrumental teachers who provide group lessons, individual lessons and who also provide a varied programme of ensemble teaching. Ensemble work includes Steel Pans, Rock school rehearsals, after school instrumental workshops, beatboxing acapella choirs, guitar ensembles. In addition, we have a team of qualified teachers who are available to deliver curriculum lessons.

Some of these sessions take place in schools and some run in out-of-school hours and are an opportunity for schools to signpost their children and young people to progressions opportunities which will support their musical development. Click here for more details of our Community Provision


In addition to our SMEP conversations with schools we are available to provide support across curriculum, extended curriculum and instrumental delivery. This can include support within schools and access to development networks and training across different areas of music education, delivered by ourselves and our partners. We provide a termly newsletter which includes information on these opportunities and on current projects and initiatives.