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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.

Music pitched at young musicians

Music Education

A big welcome back after the Easter break! 

All our provision is now fully active and, from this week, we are delighted to be returning to schools, delivering both instrumental classes and individual lessons. Many thanks to colleagues who have reviewed our Risk Assessment to maintain the safety of our staff as they return.

We are delighted to officially begin the partnership with Sing up, announced at the end of last term. Any schools wishing to access this resource will soon be able to do so with up to a 65% discount.  More news in the next issue. 

With the launch of the Model Music Curriculum, alongside our current CPD and training offer (see below), we will be running some bespoke sessions supporting schools to review their delivery in line with the Model Curriculum. More information on those coming shortly.

We hope you will benefit from the many different programmes of work we offer to support schools and to provide access to music making for young people – if there is any further support you require from us, please do get in touch at

Live music is taken off pause

Live music

Live music returns for Essex young musicians! We have exciting opportunities for young people to take part in live music rehearsals during the Summer 2021 half- term holiday week. It is hoped that this will just be the start of regular rehearsals in all areas of Essex.

Sign up to the 17 socially distanced groups taking place across Essex on our website here.

Picture taken pre-Covid19 restrictions.

We made a piano out of paper

Paper Piano

Last term, over 750 children from 5 Essex Primary schools made music with technology-focused projects. 

This term, over 1,000 children from a further 12 Essex Primary schools will be engaged in the same project. 

Find out more about this current innovative project and how you can have a workshop in your school here.

Teachers Take Note - Online training in April and May


Many free CPD opportunities for music teachers. Click on the titles for the link to the event unless advised otherwise.

Primary School Music Teachers network meeting - at 4pm on 22nd April the focus at this free CPD will be on singing safely in school, exploring good vocal health and singing technique. Charlotte Brosnan will introduce Friday Afternoons' resources and give us a taster for the free CPD session on 26th April (see below).

Building for the Future - Join the ISM for its online conference - an inspiring day of music, professional development and practical advice on 24th April.

Developing quality singing in schools -  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. 

Youth Folk Music CPD - Teaching Folk Music Musically - free online CPD for music educators on 26th April exploring strategies for teaching folk tune and folk-specific techniques. 

Music Ed Tech Conference, 4th and 5th May - Inspire, Connect, Innovate - free virtual conference featuring music educators from a variety of backgrounds including the President of the Music Teachers' Association and John Hutchings, our Music Strategic Lead Officer. 

Moving Towards Music Leadership, 2021 - 4-day online training course for those involved in the delivery of music in  Primary Schools, led by Independent Music Consultant, Sue Nicholls. Takes place 8th & 15th May, 12th & 19th June. For more details email

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 

Elephants in custard


The London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Education & Community department has created a new music
and story film for children aged 5 – 7 based on ‘Elephants in the Custard’, the charming children’s
book by Samuel Langley-Swain and Jemma Banks.

Find out more about this new venture on our website 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.

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.

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


Opportunities for young musicians to develop performing skills.

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. Entries close on 30th April 2021.

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

The Jazz Hang Masterclass - an online events for 11 - 16 year old who are Grade 3 or equivalent. Deadline for applications is 4th May.

National Youth Folk Ensemble - book your free sampler days with the opportunity to join the National Youth Folk Ensemble.  Find out more 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. 

National Youth Jazz Collective Summer School 2021 Auditions are now open to apply for the Summer residential course for 14 - 18 year olds. Click here to find out further details.

Oboe Workshops 2021 - a variety of Summer workshops are available in August from beginners to those wishing for a personal masterclass and also reed making lessons. Click here to discover the full selection of offers.

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

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