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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.

FREE MusicMark Membership for all Essex Schools


Music Mark is the UK association for Music Education and acts on behalf of its members, partners and the wider sector. Its aim is to support the high-quality music education provision for all school aged children and young people.

It has worked tirelessly to support the sector and the Members area of its website contains a wealth of resources and guidance that all schools may find useful for planning both now, and in the coming months.

As your local Music Education Hub we have purchased membership for all schools in our county to provide access to all their resources.

This provision is entirely FREE and just one of the many ways we aim to support our Essex schools.

To receive your FREE membership to MusicMark, please complete and submit this Google form.

Here are just two of Music Mark's most recent targeted resources:-

10 things schools should know about music on this link 

Covid-19 guide to unlocking music in school

Summer Holiday Courses - places still available

Summer holiday

Join our Summer Holiday Bandcamp - an online feast of instrumental, music tech, compositional and vocal workshops for ALL ages and abilities.

The courses take place from 27th July to 28th August and are grouped into four sections:-

Bring your instrument! – an opportunity to join an online brass band, discover how to play jazz, learn the guitar, and the brilliant ‘In The Band’ programme

Create and Discover! – for those who need a boost in their music theory, want to learn how to arrange, or need a crash course in GCSE composition.

Exploring Music Technology! – explore O-Generator and VIP Studios with our online cloud-based software, learn how to sample and master your own recording, or take a crash course in Music Tech A level

Find your voice! – for budding songwriters at whatever stage in their writing, or join a Soul and Jazz choir, or sing through your music theatre favourites with other young people

Each course has many workshops within it covering various abilities and age groups.

Click here to view all of the courses or on the headlines above to view individual courses

FREE Songwriting Workshop

Free workhosp

Free Songwriting workshops: Splash, Burble, Gurgle and Whoosh! for children aged 7 - 9 years. The workshops offer daily, hourly slots starting Monday 3rd - Friday 7th August. Click here to find out more and to register.

The above workshop has been made available by a partnership of Chelmsford City Theatres, electric voice theatre and Essex Music Hub for Essex 2020 for an exciting project called 'Echoes of Essex'.

Family Concert on 21 July at 4pm  - electric voice theatre brings science stories and music together celebrating the work of some of the UK's most important women scientists. Click here to find our more and to register.

Essex Virtual Choir - Echoes from Essex are looking to recruit local people of all ages to take part in weekly zoom sessions from Wednesdays 29th July - 23rd September 2020. Click here to find out more and to register.

Summer Holiday 1-to-1 Music Lessons


Our specialist music tutors normally work in schools, academies and our Music  Centres. However, our 1-to-1 music lessons have now been transferred to online music lessons via Microsoft Teams.

Not sure how the lessons look and sound? Look and listen to our tutor Paula giving Bella a flute lesson.

LIke what you see and hear? Click here to register for four Summer holiday lessons.  You can choose from 15 mins, 20 mins or 30 mins lessons.

Conducting Course for Music Educators


The Royal Northern College of Music are offering its conducting course for those working in Music Education, or training to do so. Running between October 2020 and March 2021, workshops linked by an e-learning element will provide a structured opportunity for those wishing to develop their technical and artistic skills.Click here to apply 

Key information for young musicians

Key info

East Anglia Young Composers Competition - is now open to those aged 18 years and under living or going to school in Essex, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. 

Full information about the competition including guidance on composing for the instruments involved at:

WOW and HOW Oboe Summer Workshops - join either the WOW (Wicked Oboe Workshop) for beginners to Grade 4 or HOW (Holiday Oboe Workshops) for Grade 5 to Grade 8. Click here to find out more

Performance Grades 1 - 8 Take to the stage, share your musical story and discover an additional route to progress with new Performance Grades.

Available at Grades 1 to 8 and ABRSM for all instrumental and singing syllabuses, this remotely-assessed exam is all about performance. Does this sound like the right exam for you? Click here to find out more information.

Online Songwriting Workshops Song Academy are offering to develop lyric writing, melody improvising, composition and production skills at group online workshops during August.  Click here for more details.

The National Children's Choir of Great Britain - online auditions are now open for children and young people aged 9 - 19. Click here to apply. 

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