Music matters! Top Tips and opportunities for music teachers and young musicians in Essex

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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.

Sing-Up - helping kids find their voice

Sing up

With the return of schools on the 8th March, this is the first step towards some normality for our young people, and there is much positivity around the vaccination programme that is ongoing. With the pathway also indicated from the Government for the exit out of lockdown, we are planning for some safely distanced activity delivered at Easter. (See our next newsletter for full details.)

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with Sing-Up who will be working with Essex Music Services after Easter to support the delivery of vocal provision in schools and across the community in the coming months. More information on how schools can benefit from this new partnership after Easter will be shared shortly.

We look forward to seeing the thousands of young children we have only seen online for lessons in the flesh shortly, and to continue to offer high quality music sessions. Where a school has requested our tutors to return, our tutors will do so. Where that is not currently appropriate, we will continue to deliver lessons online and continue to support schools with their provision.

Finally, we have a wealth of workshops and online pre-recorded content produced by our specialist tutors to support the well-being of young people through music. Find out more and how to book a workshop for the summer term on our website.

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

6,000 online lessons and counting!


Beverley Heard, our Music Ensembles Lead Officer, gives an upbeat report on how our inspirational peripatetic tutors have kept the music going.

“My children are in awe of their new teachers. They are truly inspirational."

Read more about our Spring and Summer online lessons here

Music for Wellbeing - free online lessons

music for wellbeing

FInd out about our Music for Wellbeing  fully funded offer on our website. The courses offer free online lessons supporting wellbeing through song writing, drumming or music technology.

These sessions are available for both primary and secondary schools and aimed at vulnerable students.

Teachers Take Note - Free online training dates


March sees a variety of free online CPD sessions offering opportunities to experience some of the online music resources available in our E-Learning package plus two CPDs from our partner, Royal Opera House Bridge.

Keeping Primary pupils engaged in music

Primary school resources

Our live list includes free resources to engage primary school pupils in music including Earworms from Saffron Sounds, BBC Ten Pieces Tasters, Classics for Kids, Rob's Kitchen Music to Virtual boomwhackers.

Find our more on our website 

Finding my own rhythm - supporting teachers wellbeing

Music Mark conference

Music Mark asked author and education consultant Tamba Roy to share some practical ways teachers can support their wellbeing. Find out how to provide strategies to use when life feels a little discordant on this link.

Tamba will be leading Music Marks wellbeing-focussed Member Webinar on 27th April, where he will explore the tips below in greater detail.  

Making music making more inclusive

Drake Music

Music Hubs, music teachers, leaders and tutors, get to grips with the building blocks of inclusion with the Step Up! Webinar Series from Drake Music.

This six-episode series will give you practical tools to develop music teaching practice, making it more inclusive and accessible. It will look at inclusion from different angles including communication, progression, music tech and ensembles… as well as bringing live music! Find out more about the webinar series here.

Young Musicians - compose yourself!

Composer yourself

Opportunities for young musicians to develop composing skills.

BBC Young Composer 2021 - encourages all young singer-songwriters, eclectic electric composers, genre-spanning songsmiths, and creative melody-makers to share their sound.Find out more on our website here.

Creative Composing Lab - inspired by Harrison Birtwhistle's composition Pulse Sampler, young musicians are invited to write for a trio. Find out more on our website here. 

Sound & Music are offering ten young composers (aged 14 - 18 years) who may face financial barriers the opportunity to learn composition and develop skill on the Sound & Music Summer School 2021. Find out more on this link.

Instrumental information for young musicians


Essex Young Musician, 2021 - entries are now open for this online competition. Find out more about the Essex Young Musician competition on our website. 

Colchester Rotary Club Online Festival, 2021 - young musicians from beginners to accomplished amateurs are welcome to enter. Find out more about the Festival on our website here.

National Schools Symphony Orchestra opens for 2021! Summer residential courses for 8 - 17 year olds will be run from 8th - 18th July 2021. Click on the this link to find out more. 

WOW Fest - Wells Orchestral Festival Weekend invites all youth and community ensembles in the UK to its International Festival for Young Musicians. Find out more on about the Festival on this link.

Take the Lead at a Summer School for Musical Theatre enthusiasts! The opportunity for those aged 16+ to work with the industry professionals from Trinity Laban from 2nd - 6th August. Find our more about the Summer School on this link.

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

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