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.

Happy Christmas!


Happy Christmas and best wishes for a most musical 2020 from Essex Music Services.

Your next In-Tune newsletter will arrive on 13 January 2020

We look forward to helping you make more music in 2020 and beyond!

Creating music in the holidays


MyBand is a fantastic song writing, playing, performing and recording 2-day holiday course. Essex Music Education Hub recently partnered again with MyBand to deliver another exciting course during October half-term.

Hear and see what happened at the recent course held at Becket Keys Secondary School in Brentwood. 

Look out for details of the next MyBand course in February 2020.

Free & discounted music lessons & instrument hire


Did you know that we offer substantial discounts on our regular music tuition for families facing challenging circumstances?

Families who have an annual household income of £22,000 or less can apply for a discount of up to two thirds of the full price of music lessons as well as receiving discounts on instrument hire.

Children who are currently fostered or adopted from Care are entitled to completely free tuition and instrument hire thanks to the support from the Essex County Council's Virtual School!  Find out more about discounted lessons and Looked After Children special arrangements. 

OFSTED Inspection Framework


Several primary schools have gone through an Ofsted inspection this term under the new framework which for the first time has included a deep dive into Music.

To ensure your music provision is Ofsted ready we will be offering new FREE CPD twilight sessions which will be run by primary subject specialists in music and we will share the approach and learning that has come out of the Autumn terms Ofsted visits. We will also provide short consultation sessions for each school that attends.

Music Hubs are funded to support all DfE funded schools with their provision. Here in Essex we provide a comprehensive set of on-line resources with our E-learning package, subsidise a wealth of curriculum enhancements and run a range of CPD Twilight and one day courses providing access to high quality training, to mention only some of the ways that we support schools.

Please view our CPD page to view the training available, and book in a session taking place near you.

Focus on Hockley 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 newsletter we highlight our Hockley Community Music Centre including the launch of its new vocal group, Hockley Voices.  This fun group will be for children who are in Key Stage 2 & 3, helping them to develop healthy singing techniques and experience various musical styles.

What is Braintree's Inclusion Group?


Braintree Inclusion Group is unique as it offers music-making in an environment where children of all abilities come together and create their own pieces from scratch. Find out how you can become involved and try this group for free. 

Calling young orchestral players!


If you are aged 11 - 14 years and Grade 4+ on your instrument, come and join the LPO Junior Artists at the Royal Academy of Music on 2 February 2020. 

Play alongside LPO musicians and Junior Artists, gain new skills and find out what happens behind the scenes of a professional orchestra. Apply applications close 7 January 2020.

Young Musicians - Don't miss out on making music!


Join Scratch Band! Try a new musical instrument and join the innovative Scratch Band which takes place in Harlow on Wednesdays.

Perform your study pieces before taking your Summer ABRSM Grade Exams at Colchester's Rotary Club Festival of Music & Dance  Find out how you can register and perform at this festival taking place on 29 March 2020.

The Song Academy are calling young people aged 8 - 18 who are already writing their own songs and young people who are creative and musical and would like the challenge of writing their first song.  Find out more about this opportunity and also the Young Songwriter 2020 competition.

Are you a Dood or a Toot? Doods are beginner Clarinets and Toots are Flutes for beginners. Starting on Wednesday evenings in January 2020 Wickford has a new Dood Band while over in Benfleet its newToot Band takes place  on Saturday mornings.

Colchester's Townhouse Sessions are looking for acts for a gig on the 18th December Find out more - telephone 07827 840771. There are weekly sessions also available for solo artists and Bands.

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

Young Composers Award 2020  The National Centre for Early Music Award is now open to young composers up to the age of 25. Composers are invited to create a new polyphonic work for unaccompanied choir.

Live Music concert dates for your diaries


The Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra, directed by its resident conductor, Martin Hathaway, presents its final free concert of 2019 on 14th December in Maldon.

Essex Youth Orchestra and Essex Youth Choir perform on 28 December in Chelmsford Cathedral Prokofiev's The Montagues and Capulets from his Romeo & Juliet Suite is used as the theme tune to BBC 1's The Apprentice and forms part of the concert. Find out more about this concert including John Rutter's Gloria sung by the Essex Youth Choir. 

CPD & Network Dates for Teachers


Secondary School Network Meetings - a good way to meet other professionals, be kept up to date by guest speakers, have access to the latest Music Education developments and the opportunity to share ideas. Next meeting for the Mid-Quadrant Secondary School Network is on 14 January 2020 in Chelmsford and the South Quadrant Secondary School Network Meeting takes place in Rayleigh on 3 February 2020.

Drake Music Think 22 Team are hosting webinars on hot topics in music education, as well as sharing provocations, how-to-guides and other resources to support teachers, music leaders and music hub staff.  Find out more and book on the courses starting in January 2020.

Practical skill progression - taking place in Benfleet on 2 March 2020. Focusing on practical skills in assisting to perform, explore and create music with pupils.

Music Working within and across the Arts - One day course subsidised to £40 takes place on 19 March 2020 in Chelmsford.

Charanga and O-Generator CPD Training - these are free to all schools who have a current subscription to our E-Learning Package.

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