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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.

"The first day back was amazing." 

music to our ears

“The first day back was amazing!” said a tutor when returning on 8th March to face-to-face delivery of music lessons this year.

With Step One of the Government's road map now complete, we look forward to re-connecting with more of our young people as the restrictions continue to lift.

Currently, schools are booking in their Summer Term music provision for individual and group lessons, to our whole class provision and curriculum enhancement workshops.

Please send in your Summer Term bookings by the end of this Spring term. If you require any support with your Summer Term provision, please email us directly at  Our Summer Term costs remain the same as in previous terms this academic year.  

Thank you for your partnership as well as patience over recent months. We look forward to working together to support young people access high quality music education.

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

Developing quality singing in primary schools

Friday afternoons

Singing in school is tough at the moment so Friday Afternoon's Ambassador, Charlotte Brosnan, will be sharing ways to improve the quality of singing in school at a free online CPD session on Monday 26 April from 4pm- 5pm. 

Find out more about Friday Afternoons and how to join this free CPD session on our website.

Coming soon for Primary School Music Teachers


Save the date - the next Primary School Music Teachers network meeting in on Thursday 22nd April where the focus will be on singing safely in school, exploring good vocal health and singing technique.

At this network meeting, Charlotte Brosnan will introduce Friday Afternoons' resources and give us a taster for the CPD session on 26th April (see above).

Find out more and join this free network meeting on our website

Previously at the Primary School Music Network

music tech

The last network meeting focused on using technology in primary music teaching. Many apps, games and websites have helped keep children musically active during lockdown. 

Tutor Will Heaton showed features of O-Generator, part of the e-learning package, and explained how it could be used as a tool in class for young people to create loops and beats.  

Using the BBC Ten Pieces unit, Kathryn Pomeroy introduced the meeting to the world of Dr Who composer Delia Derbyshire.  This lead to a discussion about possible ways of future ways of collecting and using environmental sounds in school.

Notes on this meeting are available on request - please email

Teachers Take Note - online Training


The next few months see a variety of online sessions offering chances to experience online music resources available in our E-Learning package and other opportunities too.

Music Mark Webinars: Online Exam Options - 15th - 17th Marchlearn more about online music exams with six leading exam boards discussing the available options.

And finally, free 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 

Launch of Creative Apprenticeships in Colchester

Arts Award

Colchester Arts organisations are working with 29 students to achieve a Silver Arts Award. 

The students are learning new Arts skills, research potential Arts pathways, develop their leadership skills and earn a fun qualification with Arts organisations including Mercury Theatre, Signals, Firstsite, Dance Network Association and Essex Music Services.  

Find out more about the five levels of Arts Awards on its website.

Investment in Looked After Children


Funding from Essex County Council's Virtual School has enabled delivery of musical activities and interventions aimed at Looked After Children within their school setting.

Activities have included virtual drumming workshops, specialised nurture groups music making while developing social skills and our popular song writing for wellbeing programme.

The imagination shown by the children in their songs has been overwhelming! Feedback has shown that these musical opportunities have had a strong impact on wellbeing.

If you have Looked After Children in your setting, please get in touch at and we may be able to help you next term.

Young Musicians - compose yourself

Composer yourself

Opportunities for young musicians to develop composing skills.

Songwriting step-by-step - for 11-18 year olds. Check out Future Sound's 10 tutorial videos on its YouTube Channel.

Young Percussion Composer of the Year - entries are now open for composers aged 18 years and under. Find out more on our website here.

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. 

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

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