West Midlands Music is a collective of 14 regional Music Services with a shared commitment to ensuring high quality, progressive and ongoing music education for all children.
We find ourselves in extraordinary times. Music Services however are still very much working to support the music making of children and young people across the West Midlands
Coventry Music deliver a varied music education programme across Coventry including, evening and weekend music groups, mainstream and special schools, alternative learning sites, work related learning programmes and more. During the current period we are finalising plans for exciting E-learning opportunities both with live lessons but also resources available to support schools caring for keyworkers and those pupils learning from home. For up to date information please visit our website. Mark Steele, head of Coventry Music.
Dudley Performing Arts. We are really enjoying these amazing films that have been made by our friends and colleagues across the West Midlands for the Big Play 2020. As we are setting up on line lessons and tutorial videos for our student’s its great to be reminded of the brilliant music making that goes on in schools – and we can’t wait to get back to doing all of this again. In Dudley we have been delivering trial on line lessons and are buiding a bank of films for individual learners and whole classes on our YouTube sight. There are even sessions ready for some of you who are in these films. Here is the Youtube link, follow us on social media to find out about signing up for online lessons. @dudleyperformingarts (Facebook) @arts_dudley (Twitter). Chris Jones, Head of Dudley Performing Arts.
Wolverhampton Music Service has been around for over 50 years and we have weathered many storms. We are here for schools, parents and pupils during this period of extended closure. We have prepared a helpful document for all schools and parents that itemises all of the FREE music resources that can been used during this period of school closure. Download by clicking the link. A reminder to all primary schools: The Music Service offers free licences to the online platform Charanga Musical School. If you are a primary school contact and we will ensure that you can access the materials. The Music Service will continue to support schools and children through our YouTube channel. Content is being developed and will be uploaded after Easter to help our musicians with their practice during this period of closure. Please share with your parents and encourage them to subscribe to the channel HERE. You can follow the Music Service for updates through our website Facebook: Wolverhampton Music Service Twitter: @Wtonmusic. Ciaran O Donnell Head of Music Service
Entrust Music Service in Staffordshire is now providing online lessons for children and families that were due to have sessions in school before Easter and in the summer term. Lessons can take place individually and in groups and parents need to sign up by emailing . More details can be found by following the Facebook feed www.facebook.com/emsstaffs The service is also filming videos to support teachers and children who were taking part in whole class music programmes and these will be available via social media, Entrust’s YouTube channel and West Midlands Music. John Callister, head of Entrust Music Service.
Severn Arts We are working really hard like everyone else to create a new normal during this extremely challenging time. We’ve had to cancel or postpone all of our events, activities and festivals on the lead up to the summer but we are still very much open for business. For our music pupils/students we are developing online digital teaching. This is a massive learning curve for us but our teachers are really keen and lots of our parents and carers are signing up to this idea. We are enormously proud of the way in which our team is pulling together, supporting each other and adapting and for the help we are receiving from partners and colleagues outside of our organisation. For information about Severn Arts and our new online digital music lessons see our website. Laura Worsfold, Chief Executive Severn Arts.
Solihull Music Service delivers musical experiences to the children of Solihull. We teach across the borough and provide ensembles of all genres and amazing performance opportunities including Abbey Road, the Cavern and Symphony Hall. We are currently adding resource on to our website which will help children continue their musical journey during the current crisis. Toby Smith, head of Solihull Music.
Telford & Wrekin Music deliver small group and individual lessons to the children and young people of Telford. Although we are currently unable to deliver lessons as schools are closed, we are working very hard to look at on-line options for lessons to continue, digitally, after the Easter break in line with our normal lesson time. We will be emailing out to parents and carers who currently have lessons with us to ask if they would like to take part in our digital offer, to request please email . Tracy Hall, head of Telford & Wrekin Music.
SIPS Music & Arts Service loved being part of the West Midlands Big Play 2020 . We hope you enjoy watching Sandwell’s One Minute of Music Films. Our creative team of teachers will be sharing new ideas of how we can support our young musicians over this period of school closures. Look out for our weekly newsletter ‘NOTES ‘ sharing online resources/videos and simple music activities for you to get involved with. Keep in touch www.sandwellmusic.org Facebook www.facebook.com/SIPSmusicarts/ Twitter @SIPS_music. Tanya Derham, Head of SIPS Music & Arts Service
With a combined reach of over 200,000 children and young people in over 2,000 schools, from primary to secondary level, the 14 Music Services provide instrumental and singing teaching, bands and ensembles, curriculum music within schools, and music-making and performance opportunities for every stage of a child’s musical journey. As lead partners in Music Education Hubs they also work with over 1,000 partners to deliver a broad range of co-designed activity.
The collective was established in 2019 to amplify the reach of the individual Music Services, to speak as a single voice on music education in the West Midlands, to share best practice, and to celebrate and increase the depth, breadth and diversity of musical opportunities for children and young people across the entire region.
The benefits of music for improving children’s personal, social, emotional and educational development are widely known. Music Services guarantee teaching of the highest quality, in a safe learning environment, with music leaders who understand the evolving educational landscape.
By working together, West Midlands Music is committed to ensuring there is no ‘postcode lottery’ of music provision in the region and to championing the importance of music education.