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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.

Primary School Music Teachers - take note!

Primary school teachers - take note

Join the inaugural network meeting for Primary School Music Teachers where resources, research, projects and practical tips to add musical sparkle to Covid-19 Christmas celebrations will be freely shared.

Independent Music Education Consultant and author Sue Nicholls will be the first guest speaker offering her wealth of knowledge including ideas for musical activities to suit current constraints.

Click here to find out more and how to join the free online event via Microsoft Teams on 3rd November at 3.45pm  

Subsequent meetings will be planned for each half term and will cover topics related to all aspects of music in primary schools.   

If you have any ideas you would like to share at the next meeting, please email 

Get upbeat with Drum-It!


Just to let you know, if your school is able to accept our tutors into your school, our Drum-it! tutor is able to come on site and deliver a workshop day.

Beats you what a Drum-It! workshop is? Details on a drum or a didgeridoo workshop day can be found here.

Funding for a workshop, and other musical opportunities, maybe available to your school. Find out more on this link.

Please email to find out more book your workshop.

Free Online Music Technology CPD - O-Generator

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We are generating interest in O-Generator! It is one part of our E-Learning package: the whole package is charged at £100 offering access for an academic year. 

Find out about O-Generator at our first free online Twilight CPD session.  It is an online music technology composition resource that encourages students to creatively explore musical ideas – suitable for both Primary and Secondary schools. 

With no installation requirements it is easy for students to use at home and in the classroom. Join our first online event on Wednesday 21st October 4pm – 5pm.

Why use Charanga? Find out at a Free Online CPD


Two free Charanga CPD sessions take place in the next few weeks.  The first session is called 'Why use Charanga?' offering the opportunity to explore this easy-to-use resource for both non-specialist /specialist primary school music teachers.

Why use Charanga takes place on 2nd November 4pm – 5pm – register here 

The next Charanga session is Diving Deep into Charanga on 14th December. Click here to find out more and to register for this online event.

Charanga offers a complete scheme teaching the national curriculum for music as desired by Ofsted.

Charanga is one part of our E-Learning package: the whole package is charged at £100 offering access for an academic year. This is 50% cheaper than purchasing Charanga directly.

Dyslexia & music - a personal journey

Dyslexia and music

As part of Dyslexia Awareness Month, Irish soprano, Anna Devin, and Sally Daunt, talk about Anna's experiences as a dyslexic opera singer and offer advice to both teachers and performers on how to improve the learning experience.

Sign up now for this event on Wednesday 28th October from 2pm - 3pm here.

Animate Online for 9 - 14 year olds


Do you play any instrument or are starting to make music digitally? Do you want to join other adventurous young musicians to connect and collaborate on-screen, and create music as an ensemble? Led by an expert Trinity Laban tutor team, this three-day online Animate Orchestra project will culminate in an online ensemble recording.

This project is aimed at all curious & creative young musicians aged 9-14, whether you’re completely new to Animate, or have taken part in a project previously. 

Applications close on 19th October so rush to complete your application form.

Jazz it up at a Jazz Hang for 11 - 16 year olds


Trinity Laban and Tomorrow’s Warriors are joining forces on an exciting new project for 11-16 year old musicians from a variety of backgrounds who are curious about jazz.

Jazz Hang has a series of free taster sessions starting on 1st November, leading into regular sessions of informal and practical jazz learning in 2021.

To apply for a place on one of the taster session dates fill in this online form.

Sing my own song for 13 - 19 year olds


Learn how to write and perform your own song with a pilot therapeutic 15-week project for 13 - 19 year olds who will learn to compose, make music, creatively express feelings and views on the world, test different ideas and musical forms in a supportive environment. Participants will gain confidence, experience and a sense of achievement. 

Email for more details

Climate Sound Change for 16 - 21 year olds


Introducing Climate Sound Change offering three £500 grants for those working with sound and music to create new works that respond to the climate emergency. 

Find our more about this opportunity on this link.

More key information for Teachers

Music Mark conference

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. Click on the above link to read more.

The Essential Youth Voice Training Series continues with Applying Youth Voice on 4th November and Embedding Youth Voice on 18th November. Find out more about these sessions on the above link. Sound Connections, one of the Essex Education Hub's partners, is holding thee events. 

Core Skills in Coaching & MentoringMusic Mark has 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 composing challenges - the London Sinfonietta are inviting schools and young people to compose new music for this prestigious orchestra. If you would like your school to be part of this new pilot project click here to find out more. 

Ear Opener is a series of free video masterclasses for music teachers demystifying the process of writing music. Watch and find out more here. 

More instrumental information for young musicians

young musicians

VIP Studio Sessions competition closes on 31st October 2020. It will be judged by Lo-Fi Hip Hop artist Psalm/Trees. Find out about the competition and its fabulous prizes on this link

Deaf, Disabled and/or Neurodivergent musicians of all ages and genres can apply for Emergent Commissions for 2020/21. This opportunity comes from another partner, Drake Music. Find out more and apply here. 

Become a Chorister at King's College, Cambridge. King's are looking for boys in Years 2, 3 and 4 with a love of music and singing. You don’t have to be a musical genius to become a chorister: training – in singing, music theory and instrumental skills is given – all alongside outstanding academic tuition and a full sporting programme. Click on the headline for more information

If you have any questions, please feel free to email or telephone 0333 0138953.

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