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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.

Delivering Music Education in Lockdown

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As the Country enters another lockdown, one major difference is that schools are remaining open, and all education provision is continuing within these settings, following the safe mitigations that have already been put in place.

This means that children in Essex can continue to access their vital music education provision within school which supports their continued learning, mental health and wellbeing and provides further normality in the current challenges we face. Our online provision will continue as well, and we are currently renewing lessons for the Spring term (more on that in the next issue of In-Tune).

To help answer any questions, we have put together a FAQ sheet which sits on our website here this details the guidance source and the current service provision for each area of our work.

Is the art of peri teaching dying? Not in Essex!


John Hutchings, our Schools' Instrumental Music Lead Officer, writes about our inspirational peripatetic music teachers.

Back in March, Colin Harris wrote an article for TES called “Behold: the dying art of the peripatetic music teacher”. This prompted a lot of comments from teachers and musicians, and tied in with my thoughts around how there are schools who know and use the educational and transformational effects of music education in their settings, and also how do we help and guide those who do not know, so that we can all bring about the best for our young people.

Continue reading John's fascinating report including how our motivational music tutors deliver music in school.

Free Focus on Sound CPD session

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Focus on Sound Pro is an online music resource and assists in the preparation for external music examinations in Secondary schools. It is just one part of our E-Learning package.

Join our free Focus on Sound Twilight CPD session on 17th November at 4pm by emailing

This free CPD session is an opportunity to experience the benefits of Focus on Sound before joining our E-Learning package. 

Our E-learning package is £100 for this academic year offering full access and free CPD sessions to Focus on Sound, VIP Studio, O-Generator and Reel Music for Secondary schools.

Diving Deep into Charanga


Charanga is another part of our E-Learning package  offering access to online music resources for Primary Schools (Charanga, O-Generator and Reel Music).

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

Enhancing existing music curriculum


We can enhance existing music curriculum provisions with an exciting variety of in school one-day workshops, such as Drum-It!, Rap-It! and Sing-It! These workshops engage pupils in both vocal and instrumental music making and can offer cross-curricular opportunities. Details on our workshops can be found here.

Funding is available to deliver workshops - read more information on how your school maybe able to access funding to support musical development. 

How to evaluate your impact

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This introductory session will share the basics around why evaluation is important for your projects or organisations. It is particularly relevant for those working with children in arts education, particularly music.

Sound Connections, one of the Essex Education Hub's partners, is holding this event on Wednesday 2nd December at 2pm online via Zoom.Click here to register.

Sound Connections next session is An introduction to analysing data and writing reports and takes place on Wednesday 6th January 2021. 

Starting out as a music leader and looking for guidance?

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Trinity Laban is hosting three webinars exploring rewarding careers in participatory arts and music education. Expect buckets of inspiration and invaluable advice from successful freelance facilitators as well as organisations,such as Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre and National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Discover how to establish yourself as a music leader and what it takes to be a practitioner in education and community settings and much more! Click here for information.

Why learning to make music is amazing!

Sax Yolanda

The BBC recently launched its Bring the Noise campaign. Saxophonist YolanDa Brown highlights the endless benefits of music-making here.

Join YolanDa at this month's MusicMark conference - details below in Take Note Teachers.

Take Note 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.

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. 

The Essential Youth Voice Training Series continues with Embedding Youth Voice on 18th November. Find out more about this session on the above link. Sound Connections, one of the Essex Education Hub's partners, is holding this event. 

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.

Calling all young aspiring composers


The award-winning vocal group, ORA Singers, has launched its second Composer Competition targeting and nurturing potential composers from UK state-schools. The scheme provides 10 Finalists with their own personal mentor, each finalist receiving 10 hours of compositional guidance in order to develop their writing skills and to produce an a cappella choral work, which will be professionally recorded by ORA Singers. Applications are now open on the ORA Singers website.

Key information for young musicians

NYO inspire

National Youth Orchestra Inspire 2021 As well as musicians playing at Grade 6 and above who attend a state school, who are home schooled, or who are Black, Asian or ethnically diverse, we are also inviting every teenager in the country who plays at Grade 8 standard or above to apply for NYO Inspire this year. This means, everyone who was planning to audition for NYO 2021 should apply for NYO Inspire, and we will be devising a series of physical and digital projects for all of these musicians at a range of standards. Find out more by clicking on the title above.

National Youth Jazz Collective Join NYJC for the Summer School 2021 Festival Takeover as part of our NationalYouthJazz Wednesdays series LIVE on Facebook. Brand new music recorded by young musicians will be featured at this year's online Summer School, alongside producers Olga Fitzroy and Jake Wilson. Click on the two links above for information on both events.

Introducing Climate Sound Change for 16 - 21 year olds 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.

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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