Musical opportunities for children
and young people in Blackburn with Darwen

school Instrumental music lessons
Schools

Instrumental

school Instrumental music lessons

All schools in Blackburn with Darwen have access to our programme of Instrumental tuition.

Instrumental and Vocal Tuition

Instrumental and vocal lessons usually take place during the school day, with individuals or small groups of pupils leaving part of their curriculum lessons to attend. This teaching is delivered by self-employed teachers commissioned through Blackburn Music Service or by tutors from our delivery partner Bolton Music Service

Instrumental teaching often takes place initially in small groups of 2-6 pupils, depending on age and instruments. In this way, pupils start instrumental lessons in a comfortable and confident environment, surrounded by their peers, as well as the cost of each lesson being shared by the pupils in the lesson.
Children can progress to instrumental lessons from WCET and Second Access, but can also begin to have lessons at any time. We suggest that year 3 onwards is a good time to star, however depending on the instrument selected this may be able to be offered to year 2 pupils.

If a school would like to develop the instrumental teaching they provide, there are a number of models for payment/size of group/types of instrument that we can explore with you and that will accommodate the needs of different pupils. Just get in touch.


Whole Class Ensemble Tuition (WCET)

This programme of whole class instrumental teaching supports schools to deliver Core Role 1 of the National Plan for Music Education:

Ensure that every child aged 5-18 has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument (other than voice) through whole-class ensemble teaching programmes. Core Role 1 -National Plan for Music Education (NPME):

Primarily offered to KS2 pupils across the borough we are currently exploring how this may be extended to our KS3 offer.

Currently this programme takes place in all primary schools and is usually delivered to year 4 for 30 weeks (three terms of 10 weeks each). Children would normally have two terms of tuition on one instrument and one term of vocal work/singing.


The Music Service provides the instruments, and tuition is provided by our team of instrumental and vocal tutors. In addition to introducing pupils to instrumental learning, these sessions develop other musical skills and work with rhythm, pitch, music notation, listening and group performance.

This programme of whole class instrumental teaching to KS2 pupils (aimed at Year 4 classes) supports schools to deliver Core Role 1 of the National Plan for Music Education:


Ensure that every child aged 5-18 has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument (other than voice) through whole-class ensemble teaching programmes. Core Role 1 -National Plan for Music Education (NPME):


This takes place in all primary schools and is usually delivered to year 4 for 30 weeks (three terms of 10 weeks each).
Children would normally have two terms of tuition on one instrument and one term of vocal work/singing.
The Music Service provides the instruments, and tuition is provided by our team of instrumental and vocal tutors. In addition to introducing pupils to instrumental learning, these sessions develop other musial skills and work with rhythm, pitch, music notation, listening and group performance.

Second Access

Once pupils have had the opportunity to play musical instruments for a year, it is important that we actively explore ways to develop this experience and support their progression.

Our second access programme provides half an hour of tuition in half class groups and is much more focussed on developing specific instrumental skills.

Schools can access this at the beginning of year 5 (or 6) but it is also possible to follow straight on from the two terms of WCET when instrumental teaching finishes in April. Schools would still need to have the term of year 4 vocal tuition alongside this.

It is worth remembering that this second access tuition can go some way to supporting curriculum music delivery and children learning instruments can be encouraged to use these in curriculum performance and composing work.



Instrument loan

It is usually possible for a pupil to borrow an instrument in order to access instrumental tuition with one of our tutors. Please contact us for information
Regular instrumental lessons are usually arranged through schools, however we are also developing opportunities to access instrumental tuition after school and on Saturday through one of our tutors or through one of our partner organisations. Contact us for more information.


SCHOOL BANDS, CHOIRS AND ORCHESTRAS

School can offer their children the chance to take part in school choirs, bands and orchestra directed by Blackburn with Darwen Music Service teacher. You can buy-in an additional ½ per week to set up a weekly ensemble.



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