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Supporting Schools

Wandsworth Music believe passionately in the importance of music as part of a broad and balanced curriculum.

Through the teaching and music making opportunities we provide, we can help you unlock the musical potential of your pupils, helping to develop their musical knowledge and understanding, whilst increasing their confidence and self-esteem.

As lead partner of the Wandsworth Music Education Hub, we work in partnership with, and supports schools to deliver the core roles of the National Plan for Music Education

Our music support programmes include:

  • Whole Class Ensemble Tuition (WCET)
  • Singing Projects & Programmes
  • Curriculum Music Support
  • Instrument Hire Service
  • Peripatetic music tuition
  • Ensembles and choirs
  • Music Therapy
  • Bespoke CPD for your staff
  • Early Years music programmes
  • High profile performance opportunities at professional venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall

School Music Partner Membership

All maintained, free and academy schools in Wandsworth are eligible for School Music Partner Membership (formerly Wandsworth Schools Music Service Trading Account).

We offer two membership levels; Basic and Enhanced.

Basic membership is now FREE! of charge to all Wandsworth Schools:

For further details please click here

Sign up - School Music Membership 21-22
Wandsworth Music Programmes & Service level agreement
Programmes update - COVID 20-21

School Services

Whole Class Ensemble Tuition (WCET)

Instrumental Music for All

Whole Class Ensemble Tuition (WCET) provides children with the opportunity to learn a musical instrument during curriculum time, free of charge at the point of access for a full academic year.

We believe that through the programme of WCET we can encourage, nurture and develop the next generation of musicians, many of whom would not have considered taking up a musical instrument without this opportunity.

WCET lessons embrace multiple aspects of musical learning, which both support the instrumental learning and enhance musical development. Aspects of musical learning may include; musically relevant warm-ups, exploring pitch, rhythm and pulse, listening and appraising, singing, notation, and technical and practical aspects appropriate to the chosen instrument.

For further information please click on the links below:

 

Progression

Continuing in Music

We have an outstanding team of more than 150 vocal and instrumental tutors, who are either qualified music teachers or professional musicians. Implicit in all our programmes is the vision to build a continuation element, beyond the first year, for children who wish to continue with their learning.

School-financed whole class/ large group continuation

100% of original class (or large group) continuing, with instruments loaned free of charge by the Music Service (working under the same conditions as the WCET offer)

Small group/ individual lessons

Individual or small-group instrumental lessons (up to 4/5 children per group) charged at standard hourly rates to schools or directly to parents

Wandsworth Music Academy

Small group and individual instrumental lessons and progression through borough ensembles is available through the Saturday Music Academy.

For Further information please contact Chris Spreadbury

Singing Strategy

Finding a Voice

The Singing Strategy aims to improve the quality and quantity of singing in all Wandsworth Schools.

Our bespoke singing programme is based on combining a thorough understanding of the developing child’s voice, with exciting and challenging repertoire led by singing specialists to inspire children and staff about their potential to sing.

School, cluster and public performances are used to celebrate children’s achievements and raise the profile of singing across the school community. Singing programmes include a CPD session for teachers, which includes the songs and resources used in the programme.

For more detailed information please click on the links below:

Curriculum Music & CPD

Curriculum Music Support

WM can deliver the music curriculum in your school and help with PPA cover. We can also support teachers to develop their practice within your school through CPD.

Our music curriculum team engage pupils in practical music-making to ensure progression and continuity in line with the National Curriculum. We work in partnership with schools to link lessons into whole school themes and topics and really bring subjects to life through singing and music making of all kinds.

CPD

Wandsworth Music can support your school staff in continuing to develop their musical delivery within the curriculum.  We can provide tailored music CPD for schools and signpost to partner offers and resources.

We also provide free Music Mark membership all for Wandsworth Schools, which provides access to curriculum music resources and free and discounted CPD opportunities.

For further information regarding CPD support please contact Debbie Huie.

Music Therapy

WM now provides music therapy as part of its wide range of opportunities for all young people. Music Therapy is a therapeutic intervention and our therapists work with young people experiencing a range of difficulties, which might include:

  • Learning difficulties;
  • Communication difficulties;
  • Emotional difficulties;
  • Behavioural difficulties;
  • Loss;
  • Distressing, traumatic experiences;
  • Physical or co-ordination problems;

Instrument Hire

Help with Hiring

Wandsworth Music has an excellent stock of high quality musical instruments which, subject to availability are available to hire to schools and pupils. Please contact us for further information.

 

Resources

Please click on the logos for links to music education resources:

 

  Primary Music Toolkit

 

 

10 things schools should know about music
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Music guide for school governors
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