Music matters! Here to help teachers and young musicians unlock music in unlockdown

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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.

Supporting Wellbeing and Mental Health

Music Mark conference

Music Mark has collated a selection of mental health and wellbeing resources aimed at musicians, educators, young people, those working in the music education sector, and anyone looking for ways to support their wellbeing. Click here for the extensive list of helpful resources. 

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.

Keeping Primary pupils engaged in musical learning

Music resources

Sarah Goldsmith, our Schools' Music Curriculum Support Officer, has been exploring, investigating and generally hunting for resources that will be useful to send home for pupils to keep them engaged with musical learning. 

Here are just two of these resources:- 

National Choirs of Scotland - If you are looking to send songs home for young people to develop their vocal technique and musicality, the National Youth Choirs of Scotland have produced some video resources for different age groups. Click on the above header for more info.

Musical Futures -has released some of their teaching resources to be made available for home learning for upper KS2 and KS3 pupils.  Look out for chair drumming, a great way to encourage young people to learn a new skill and then practise it! Please register using this link to receive access to Musical Futures Online selection of resources - including body percussion, chair drumming, Dance Monkey and Blinding Lights playalongs plus music tech resources. Musical Futures will then be in touch to send you a password to access the resources which are suitable for students of ages 7-14.

If the above has whetted your musical appetite for more, simply click here to feast on the extensive list.

Next Primary School Music Teachers Network Meeting


Save the date - the next network meeting is Tuesday 2nd March 2021 at 3.45pm when we will be welcoming Will Heaton, our in-house O-Generator expert and Kathyrn Pomeroy, from Queen Boudica Primary School in Colchester. At this meeting we will be exploring how to use ICT in music and sharing some ideas to try both in classrooms and home school packages.

To find out more and to join the Microsoft Teams meeting on 2nd March please click here.

Free O-Generator Training If you are not sure what O-Generator offers, we have three free training CPD sessions, providing teachers with an insight on how to best utilise the O-Generator resource during these current times, and in their future music provision within their curriculum. Click on the date to find out more and register

Previously at our Primary School Music Teachers Network meeting ....


Life in lockdown can be very, very strange and the support of others is needed at times like these even more than usual.  The hours that teachers around the county are putting in at the moment is way above and beyond and it was a pleasure to spend an hour in the company of teachers from Essex and Southend regions to talk about ways that we can keep primary pupils engaged in musical learning.

AT our last meeting on 12th January, we were joined by Kristian Parkes from Charanga who showed us just how versatile the programme can be and how pupils can still access learning at home.  Kristian explained how to put together lessons using resources from Charanga and even how to personalise lessons with short films and uploaded content. If you would like the information from this meeting please email

There are a number of free online CPD session offering the opportunity to experience Charanga for those who access to our E-Learning package, and for those who might be interested in signing up to the package.

For the full list of our CPD training programmes including Charanga - visit our website here.

Join the Royal Opera House for Create and Sing


The Royal Opera House is offering a two-part virtual CPD training course exploring its Create & Sing Hansel & Gretel learning programme for KS1 - KS3 pupils.

Its specialist drama and music practitioners introduce the programme, pedagogy and resources and guide teachers through effective approaches to supporting students' creative learning by exploring opera.There are two training dates for Essex teachers and they are 11th March and 20th April.   If these dates are inconvenient there are also National Training training dates for both Hansel & Gretel and Carmen by scrolling through the CPD section of our website here.

Instrumental information for young musicians

chelmsford cathedral choirs

Chelmsford Cathedral Choirs are currently recruiting for boys (school years 3 - 5) and girls (school years 6 - 9). All of the choirs are free to join. To find out more about the choirs and how to audition email 

Royal Philharmonic Society's Young Classical Writers has launched its new prize encouraging young people to write about classical music. It is open to those aged between 16 and 25 years with prizes of £1,000. The closing date for applications to be uploaded is 2nd February. 

Junior Trinity Virtual Open Day - taking place on 30th January it offers opportunities to hear from staff and students, watch classes in action, tour the historic site and be part of a Q&A session. Click to register a place and receive more information.

Compose yourself!

Composer yourself

Faber Music and Sound & Music are offering ten young composers (aged 14 - 18 years) the opportunity to learn composition and develop skill on the Sound & Music Summer School 2021. The bursaries are focused on those who may face financial barriers to participate. To find out more please click here.

National Centre for Early Music - Young Composers Award - an opportunity for the under 25 year olds to create a new work for recorder quartet and hear their composition performed in St John's Smith Square, London and recorded for broadcast by the BBC Radio 3. Read more here. 

Teachers take note


How to facilitate a successful online workshop for young people. This new series for Music Mark Members aims to support the professional development of the Music Education sector with quality training and support. This webinar is on Friday 29th January at 10.30am - 12noon. Music Mark members can log on here. 

Sound Connections, one of the Essex Education Hub's partners, is holding these events that maybe of interest to teachers and music education colleagues. 

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

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