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Musical Pathways to Learning

Musical Pathways to Learning

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"Enriching Lives With Music"

Large Group - whole class Strings, Wind Band & Percussion Schemes

What the school gets:

  • A year-long programme delivered over 30 contact weeks
  • Two additional sessions reserved for planning purposes with the school
  • Sessions usually lasting up to 45 minutes
  • The length of session is adaptable to suit school timetables and other considerations
  • Two instrumental tutors working in partnership with a teacher in the school
  • Tuition and instruments for a group of up to 30 pupils
  • Sessions with smaller groups if appropriate

What we provide:

  • Development of musical skills, knowledge and understanding.
  • Activities aimed at development of rhythm, pitch, musical concepts, singing and using instruments.
  • An instrument pack for 30 pupils for the duration of the scheme.
  • Opportunities for performances or presentations at the end of the year.
  • The option of considering pupils for instrumental tuition when the scheme concludes.
  • Fast tracking of pupils into core tuition during the progress of the scheme may also be considered.

What the school needs to provide:

  • Accommodation and adequate secure storage is essential.
  • A good sized classroom or hall with plenty of circulation space.
  • A member of the school’s teaching staff (preferably the music coordinator in primary schools) must be present to participate in the session taking responsibility for classroom management and assisting with tuning and the set-up and allocation of instruments.
  • A selection of classroom percussion instruments for use in the supporting activities.

Classroom support:

  • Curriculum delivery, classroom management, discipline and follow-up work are essential to the success of the scheme and are the responsibility of the classroom teacher.  The Music Service will provide guidance on curriculum links and general support for the class teacher.

What we recommend:

  • Instruments remain in school initially.
  • Arrangements may be made for certain instruments to be brought home as the project progresses.  This decision is at the discretion of the Music Service tutors.
  • The scheme normally applies to P5 in primary and Year 8 in post-primary. In smaller schools it may be possible to continue the scheme throughout KS2.
  • At KS3 a development of the scheme is also being piloted in Year 9 but this only applies when there is continued commitment to the delivery of the existing scheme in Year 8.

What does it cost?

·       The annual cost for 2015/16 for a 40 minute session is £1307

·       This price is inclusive of staff, instruments and tuition but please note that replacement and repair costs apply (see above “What the school needs to provide.”).

·       The charge for this scheme may not be passed on to parents.

Pupils may be asked for reasonable voluntary contributions towards the use of the instruments but must not be prevented from participating for financial reasons.

Fund raising activities, for example school concerts or sponsorship, may be used to help finance the scheme.


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The Southern Education and Library Board (the ‘Board’) was established as part of Local Government reorganisation in 1973 and is the largest of the five area Boards. The Board's principle functions are the provision of education and youth services to the District Council areas of Armagh, Banbridge, Cookstown, Craigavon, Dungannon & South Tyrone and Newry & Mourne. It spans 1,450 square miles with a total population of approximately 390,300 including 75,767 pupils.


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