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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.

Reducing Administration for School Offices

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We are delighted to announce that our new project is now ready to go live!  From this Autumn term, we will be able to take payments from parents for all in-school music lessons in Essex schools.

While our 250 skilled music tutors will continue to work in partnership with schools, offering high-quality in-school music tuition, our new payment system aims to minimise administration for school offices

We will be taking financial responsibility for the music lessons and presenting schools with a list of paid students each term. The school will then be able to timetable lessons with music tutors in accordance with the schools' needs. This will save the school office vital time and energy and remove unnecessary duplication from the process.

Registration for our Launch meetings is now open for both existing schools to move to this service and all new schools that would like to benefit from this administration-light approach.

Click here to book into one of our launch meetings!

Sign up to Sing up

Sing up

Sing Up is a comprehensive singing resource comprising of songs, warm-ups, teaching activities, videos and articles detailing how to teach and support music education.

Find out how to sign up and receive a discount on membership on our website here. 

Secondary School Music Teachers Network meeting

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Join this free network meeting on 9th June for Secondary School Music Teachers. The meeting will look at the new model music curriculum and outline how the Service can partner with your school.

Independent Music Consultant, Gary Griffiths, who has recently worked with Music Mark to compile the ‘Music Unlocked’ guidance, will discuss Covid safe practise and how to move from lock-down to re-imagining music departments. Find out more and register on this link on our website here

Primary School Music Teachers Network meeting


The next free meeting is on Tuesday 15th June at 3.45pm when we will be joined by two primary teaching colleagues to share how they have developed singing and listening in their schools and the impact it has had on their pupils. 

We will also take a glance at Sing Up to glimpse the wealth of material in the programme to help your school singing. To join this meeting please register on this link.

Teachers Take Note - Dates for your diary


Here is a round up of some online sessions offering chances to experience music resources, such as those in our E-Learning package, plus other opportunities too. Click on the hyperlinks to find out more.

Improvise and Compose with Charanga on 5th May- a free online CPD session offering the opportunity to explore these areas in Charanga.

#StillMakingMusic Ukulele Giveaway - Find out how to win 16 standard-sized ukuleles. Entries close 10th May.

Progressions and Planning with Charanga on 17th May - a free online CPD session discovering how Charanga can support planning at all levels from individual lessons to year groups.

Inclusive Communications on 20th May - find out about Drake Music's approach to inclusive music making and discover its techniques and skills.

My Workspace with Charanga on 26th May - a free online CPD session showing how Charanga can save resources and aid in continuous learning.

Getting more from Charanga on 2nd June - a free online CPD session giving a chance to look at Charangas resources to enhance music education.

Assessment from Charanga on 14th June - a free online CPD session showing Charangas assessment framework and its facility for uploading and storing digital evidence.

Primary School Music Teachers Network Meeting on 15th June - please see summary above or to register click on the title above.

Music Teacher Summit 15th - 17th June - an online conference offering professional development, inspiration and reassurance for all music teachers, delivered by a wide range of experts. 

Being the Music Lead with Charanga on 29th June - a free online CPD session making music leaders confident in exploring Charanga and are able to explore solutions to the challenges of music provision, progression and professional development.

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 

Friday Afternoons on a Monday?

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Friday Afternoons' champion, Charlotte Brosnan, led a CPD on Monday 26th April, giving a guided tour of this free resource plus sharing top tips to improve singing in primary schools. 

Find out more about the CPD that took place on Monday 26th April on our website here. 

Constantly learning - transforming music education

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Music Ed Tech Conference, 4th and 5th May - Inspire, Connect, Innovate - free virtual conference featuring music educators from a variety of backgrounds.  

Hear John Hutchings, our Music Strategic Lead Officer, today at 4.45pm, explain how we moved our entire provision online, including thousands of 1-to-1, small groups, classroom and workshop sessions. Discover what skills were new, and what hurdles were overcome; and how that learning will form part of our continual provision, offering as many young people as possible to have high quality musical learning.

Click here to register and join John today at 4.45pm

Instrumental information for young musicians

Live music

Opportunities for young musicians to develop performing skills. Click on the hyperlinks to find out more.

Live Music off pause! - we are excited to announce that we have 17 socially distanced groups taking place in Essex during the Summer 2021 half-term holiday week.  Limited spaces now available.

Saffron Centre for Young Musicians - new summer holiday courses for 7 - 16 year olds. Jazz, big band, chamber orchestra and music production courses for experienced players. Early bird discount for bookings taken before 30th May 2021.

A Career within the British Army Music - Britain's Got Talent Winner, Lance Corporal Richard Jones, is the special guest on 12th May at 7pm  talking about his time as a British Army Musicians. To register for this online webinar - click here..

Essex Young Musician, 2021 -  this competition is for singers and instrumentalists aged 26 years or younger. Entries close on 31st May for this online competition. 

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

National Schools Symphony Orchestra - summer residential courses for 8 - 17 year olds runs from 8th - 18th July 2021. 

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.

Young Musicians - compose yourself!

Composer yourself

Opportunities for young musicians to develop composing skills. Click on the hyperlinks to find out more

BBC Young Composer 2021 - encourages all young singer-songwriters, eclectic electric composers, genre-spanning songsmiths, and creative melody-makers to share their sound. 

Songwriting step-by-step - for 11 - 18 year olds. Check out Future Sound's 10 tutorial videos on the above link.

Young Percussion Composer of the Year - entries close on 1st June for composers aged 18 years and under. 

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. 

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

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