In-Tune from Essex Music Services - your fortnightly newsletter

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Welcome to In-Tune

Keeping you in-tune with both local and national music education developments and also up-to-date with the opportunities available from your local music hub.

Case Study: Developing instrumental learning in your school

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Play-It! offers ten weeks of whole class instrumental lessons for KS2 led by a specialist tutor.

Find out from a Head Teacher how a primary school has developed their instrumental learning supported by Essex Music Services. 

Play-It! can be extended past the initial ten week sessions to further term(s) and becomes Play-It! Again. (Play-It! was formerly known as First Access.) Visit our website to find out more about Play-It! and Play-It! Again

Mini Sing-it! Vocal Provision

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Mini Sing-It! is part of our vocal provision designed to support singing and encourage vocal engagement across the school. 

Find out about a recent Mini Sing-It! workshop which took place at Boxted St Peter's School. led by one of our vocal specialists', Barbara Cutter. Visit our website to find out more on Sing-It! workshops 

Model Curriculum - Westminster Education Forum


John Hutchings, Schools’ Instrumental Music Lead Officer, attended the Westminster Education Forum where discussions included the current state of music education, the refreshed National Plan for Music Education and young musicians experiences of the English Music Education scene.

Read John's report and thoughts on the Westminster Education Forum. 

Focus on Braintree Community Music Centre


Essex Music Service runs a network of Community Music Centres throughout the County where young musicians of any experience can play together in bands, music groups and sing in choirs

In this issue we highlight our Braintree Community Music Centre including news on its new Inclusion Group. 

Edward Frazer-Brown joins the National Youth Orchestra

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Aged 17 Edward Frazer-Brown has just been invited to join the prestigious National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain  as a Tuba player.

Find out more about Edward's journey with Essex Music Services and his many musical opportunities.


Information for Teachers


Following the recent successful and inspirational course for Music Co-ordinators, led by Sue Nicholls and Sarah Goldsmith, don't miss out on the next course  - Music Working within and across the Arts - One day course. Spaces are limited.

GCSE Music Concert Hear live music by Purcell, Beethoven, Aaron Copland and Steve Reich in this interactive concert, specially designed for GCSE students. Find out more about the inner workings of the repertoire. Click here for information and how to book 

Opportunities for Young Musicians in Essex


Townhouse Sessions Are you a Solo artist? In a Band? Or just looking for something different to do on a Wednesday? Head down to the Colchester's Townhouse Sessions from 6.30pm. (See poster for info)

My Band Holiday Course is a fantastic song-writing, playing, performing, recording 2-day holiday course for 11-18 year olds.  It takes place on 31 October and 1 November in Brentwood  Click on the link to find out more about My Band 

Hear the Essex Youth Jazz Quintet at an Autumn Variety concert on November 1 at 7.30pm in Christ Church URC, New London Road, Chelmsford. Free entry with a retiring collection. 

Take it Away Find out about interest-free loans for musical instruments, equipment, software and more from this award-winning company.

Call to Teen Musicians  For the next leg of national lottery history project "1919-2019: 100 years of Mental Health" Ideas Hub Chelmsford are looking for Year 10/11/12 who want to  compose for its animation film. This takes place on Thursdays, 4-6pm at YMCA, Victoria Road  in Chelmsford from 7th Nov to mid Dec. If you are interested, please send an email 

New E-Learning package


CharangaO-GeneratorVIP Studio SessionsFocus on SoundSongwriter and coming soon, Reel Music support KS1–5 music curriculum. As part of our new offer, all of these resources have now been transferred to  our E-learning package.

To continue to have access to any or all of the above for this academic year, an invoice of £100 has recently been sent to your school. New users to the resources are invited to subscribe through Book-It! 

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