Activities for Schools
Please explore the links below to find out what Musica Kirklees can offer you and your pupils.
If you can't find what you're looking for, please don't hesitate to contact us on 01484 426426 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Whole Class Ensemble Teaching (WCET) (Previously First Access)
WCET is a very important initiative for music making in KS2 and the guidance as to what constitutes a WCET lesson has evolved over the last few years. In order that the same message is reaching all schools, the following should be used as a checklist -
- are subsidised by Central Government funding (via Arts Council England, allocated to Musica Kirklees - this funding is used to subsidise all musical activity that relates to WCET and the continuation of music education)
- are delivered to whole classes of pupils (usually in Year 3/4) and must be free to pupils at the point of delivery
- should be supported by the Head Teacher and Governors
- should involve a visiting instrumental teacher with the class teacher actively involved
- should take place within school curriculum time and can form part of the pupils’ National Curriculum music provision for one year
- are closely monitored (participation data must be collected locally and will be collated nationally).
What we can offer:
- African Drums
- Brass - baritone, cornet, euphonium, French horn, trombone, trumpet, tuba or mixed brass
- Music Technology
- Strings - cello, double bass, viola, violin or mixed strings
- Woodwind - bassoon, clarinet, flute, ocarina or recorder
- Handbells and related Percussion (KS1 only)
Recommended minimum contact time is 45 minutes
Tuition on other instruments may be available on request.
We are keen to work with individual schools to formulate an ongoing, sustainable programme to meet schools’ and pupils’ needs.
Benefits to children include:
- Accelerated educational development
- Increased self-confidence
- Improved collaborative learning and work skills
- Enhanced learning
- Improved concentration, turn-taking and listening skills
- Boosts well-being and promotes good mental health
Recent Music Audit visits to schools have identified a need for Music Co-ordinators, Heads of Music and Head Teachers to access music CPD to support the new National Curriculum and also to develop confidence as both music leaders and classroom teachers.
In response to this we are setting up a series of training courses in order to help meet the needs of teachers working within the new National Curriculum framework.
If you would like to ensure that you receive full details of our CPD sessions, please email email@example.com giving your preferred contact email address. We would also be delighted to hear of any ideas for CPD that would assist you in the future.
After the initial year of WCET, it is essential that children do not lose the opportunity to play an instrument or sing. Schools, the Local Authority and the Music Service should work together to ensure that pupils, who wish to, are able to continue to learn (DfE target: 50%). Current national statistics show that 28% of young people are classed as ‘continuing’ to learn to play an instrument.
We aim to supply, where possible, an instrument for pupils to continue playing.
Continuation classes are happening across Kirklees but function in very different ways. For example, a school may purchase a lunchtime/before/after school class for a large or small group. Groups can meet on a weekly basis for 30/45/60 minutes per week. Some schools require parents/carers to pay for or contribute towards the cost of continuation; some schools request a weekly sum from parents/carers to help contribute to the tuition fees. The contract for delivery is between the school and Musica Kirklees and it is the school’s responsibility to collect money directly from the parents/carers or other sources such as Pupil Premium.
Small Group and Individual Lessons
We have a strong tradition of music making within Kirklees. Musica Kirklees staff are dedicated professionals with current DBS checks; are performance managed and undergo regular professional development. They expect high standards from pupils and give them the required musical skills to become outstanding musicians. We provide tuition on all standard orchestral instruments, voice, piano, keyboard, percussion, saxophone, acoustic guitar, classical guitar, electric guitar, electric bass, ukulele and instruments from the brass band family.
These lessons will normally be taught on a weekly basis (up to 33 weeks of the year) by our peripatetic staff. There are two ways of funding these lessons – schools purchasing time through Musica Kirklees or parental payment.
Families who hold a Kirklees Priority Passport are entitled to a maximum of £30 discount per term from our standard prices. We have a bursary scheme (Gift of Music) for 7-14 year old children who demonstrate musical talent, potential and commitment, but whose families have significant financial barriers which prevent them from being able to afford regular, ongoing musical tuition.
Extra-Curricular Music Groups (Breakfast/Lunchtime/After School Clubs and Ensembles)
The following popular activities are available in 30, 45 or 60 minute weekly sessions:
- African Drumming Group
- Brass Group
- Guitar/Ukulele Club
- Music Technology
- Recorder or Ocarina Group
- Rock Band Studies
- Samba Group
- School Band
- School Choir
- School Orchestra
- Steel Pans
- String Group
One-off workshops are not covered by the National Plan for Music Education subsidy and are charged per hour per member of staff (minimum booking - 1 hour). Our range of workshops includes:
- African Drumming
- World Music Hand Drumming
- Song writing
#LearnToPlay brings our teachers to schools across Kirklees for some FREE musical fun. The aim of the sessions is to give pupils the chance to get hands-on with instruments, get inspired and learn about the musical opportunities available to them through Musica Kirklees.
Working in small groups, we’ll bring a whole range of instruments to demonstrate and let your pupils pluck, strum, bang and blow. We’ll provide everything you need to help promote the #LearnToPlay message in your school through flyers and we’ll have Facebook and Twitter messages on our feeds ready for you to share. If you’d like to book a FREE visit for your pupils, please email firstname.lastname@example.org (please note spaces are limited).
Song-writing & Popular Music Composition at GCSE and A Level
These sessions are aimed at inspiring and developing the ‘inner composer’ in GCSE and A Level students and can be offered as one-off workshops or as a series of classes over the course of a term. Sessions will introduce a variety of approaches for starting and developing compositions. Students will be guided in how to analyse the structure, melody, harmony, arrangement and lyrics of popular song in its many genres in order to both widen and better inform their creative palettes. These sessions can be designed to run in conjunction with exam board requirements and offer the opportunity for students work to receive feedback from a professional songwriter before submission.
Talking & Song-writing
These one-to-one sessions are designed for pupils who could perhaps particularly benefit from the therapeutic experience of writing a song. It’s often easier for us put thoughts, feelings and emotions into songs than it is for us to say them. Song-writing can offer an opportunity for pupils to release their feelings and emotions and this can have an immensely cathartic effect. It can also give pupils a great sense focus, as they take ownership of something that they have created. Courses can be designed in accordance with the particular pupils’ needs.
Song-writing & Recording Workshops
WCET, Continuation and Extra-Curricular Activities: below is an example of costs for 2020/21. We can alter the minutes per week to suit your needs.
Length of Session
Number of Visits
Yearly Cost at £41 per Hour
30 minutes (minimum)
33 per academic year
33 per academic year
33 per academic year
There is no cost to the school for teachers’ travel expenses/time allowance for travel - just for the time that the teacher is in your school.
The first session will be used for planning with Musica Kirklees staff and the Head Teacher/Class Teacher as appropriate.
Please note: for some activities, additional time may be required for setting up/packing down/tuning - for the 45 and 60 minute sessions, this can either be built into the lesson time or can be purchased additionally. For 30 minutes sessions, it must be purchased additionally - please speak with the relevant Musica Kirklees Area Manager if you are unsure.
Workshops: £50 per hour per member of Musica Kirklees staff required
Instruments - Loans and Purchasing
We can advise on instruments, including funding options and guide prices for the purchase/rental of instruments from local suppliers. We are keen to work with individual schools to formulate an ongoing, sustainable programme to meet schools’ and pupils’ needs.
On request, we loan instruments/equipment to schools for WCET where available.
If we provide your WCET, instruments and equipment can usually be loaned at no extra cost.
The loaner/hirer is responsible for the maintenance and servicing costs for the instruments/equipment, and for any loss or damage sustained to the instruments/equipment and therefore must ensure adequate insurance is arranged.
You may be able to hire instruments/equipment for non-Musica Kirklees activities depending on availability. Please note delivery and hire charges may apply.
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