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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.

Essex Music Education Hub's first online conference

Music Education

Essex Music Education Hub’s first regional conference was held online at the start of September, bringing together tutors, teachers, heads of national organisations, all in the name of finding ways to unlock music in school for the new academic year.

Following get-together catch ups for musicians and leads around the County, the final session was a panel discussion titled “Every Child’s Musical Journey”. The aims of the discussion were to look at the idea of what do we want every child to have achieved by the time they leave their secondary education, and how do we as music education professionals help get them there. Chaired by Philip Flood (Director of Sound Connections) who has worked with music educators in the County before, he was joined by Bridget Whyte (CEO of MusicMark) and leads from Essex Music Education Hub, as well as music educators who joined in.

Read more about the important work being delivered from Early Years onwards here.

#CanDoMusic: Teaching music during Covid-19


As part of our recent online conference we launched the #CanDoMusic campaign in association with MusicMark.

This campaign is a country wide campaign and seeks to support the resumption of musical learning in the Autumn term for all, and help clarify all that can be delivered at this time, and suggest the safest ways of delivering this

Read the guidance on all aspects of delivering music in the full #CanDoMusic report

Music Mark - final sign up offer

Music Mark School Member

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.

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. Complete this form online for us to submit your membership application to MusicMark.

1-to-1 Music Lessons and Music Group Lessons


If a school is welcoming tutors back on site to deliver 1-to-1 music lessons, please use this link to find the school in School Tuition and register for lessons.

If a school setting does not allow for the safe delivery of music from our specialist music tutors, we can offer 1-to-1 online music lessons. Find out more and to register on this link.

We are also offering weekly music group lessons. Choose from a variety of sessions including Songwriting, Music Technology, Music Theory and more!  Click here to see where music could take you this term!

Instrumental information for Teachers


Free Musical development - if you have Looked After Children (LAC) or Post Looked After Children (PLAC) funding is available until July 20201 to support musical development. Read more information on how you can use the funding for individuals or groups.

Primary School CPD online sessions with Charanga are now open for booking:-

Why use Charanga Musical School on 2 November and Diving Deep into Charanga on 14 December. These sessions are free to all schools who have joined our 2020 - 2021 E-learning package

Core Skills in Coaching & MentoringMusic Mark have a new selection of courses for Advisors, Mentors and Teachers and also Leaders and Managers in Music Education. Find out more about these online courses taking place this term on the above link.

Free Online Open Events - Are you a singing or music teacher, choir leader, music professional or interested to learn more about the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain? Join its interactive Online Open Events with NYCGB Principal Conductors, discovering how your singers can help shape the future of choral music by joining National Youth Girl’s, Boys’ & Training Choirs of Great Britain.

Music technology in education online conference 12 - 15 October offers a wealth of opportunities for expanding the teaching of music. Find out more on the link above.

MusicMark conference -  Join YolanDa Brown, the Music Mark team, various speakers and panellists on the 20th November for a day of networking, learning and discussion – all from the comfort of your home or workplace. Early Bird offer available until the 30th September 2020. Click on the above link to read more.

Music & Drama Education Awards - celebrate the contribution made to the lives of others through the medium of these two key performing arts. Nominations are now open. To enter click on the above link.

Key information for young musicians


Audition for the National Youth & National Children's Brass Bands. Due to Covid-19, auditions are virtual this Autumn.  For more details on how to apply for an online audition please click the above link.

Audition booking for the National Youth Training, Girls’ and Boys’ Choirs is now open . All talented young singers from all backgrounds and musical styles are welcome to join our choirs. 

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. 

Career in Army Music - Find out about a career and the many opportunities available on its websiteThe Corps of Army Music aims inspires young musicians at the beginning of their career. 

Guildhall Hall supported application 2021 - 350 places will be available for all undergraduate programmes for 2021 entry.  Click on the link above for more info on eligibility and the available courses.

Buying your own Instrument?- in addition to hiring instruments we also offer assistance in buying your own! 

Calling all Artists, Performers and Creators Under 25! Take part in the instagram takeover 'Leading the Way'. Find out how to submit your creative work on this link.

Lo-fi Hip Hop tutorials and competition Charanga VIP Studio sessions has a new set of tutorials focusing on the Lo-Fi Hip Hop genre and also a competition. Find out more and how to enter on the link above. Competition ends 31 October 2020.


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