What is the National Plan for Music Education
Dfe National Plan for Music Education
Core roles for a Music Hub in partnership with schools
a) Ensure that every child aged 5-18 has the oppportunity to learn a musical instrument through weekly whole-class ensemble teaching programmes for a minimum of a term.
b) Provide opportunities to play in ensembles and to perform from an early age.
c) Ensure that clear progression routes are available and affordable to all young people.
d) Develop a singing strategy to ensure that every pupil sings regularly and that choirs and other vocal ensembles are available in the area.
a) Offer CPD to school staff, particularly in supporting schools to deliver music in the curriculum.
b) Provide an instrument loan service, with discounts or free provision to those on low incomes.
c) Provide access to large scale and/or high quality music experiences for pupils, working with professional musicians and/or venues. This may include undertaking work to publicise the opportunities available to schools, parents and students.
The MK Music Hub can help – contact us for more information.
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Develop your Music Curriculum
Naxos Music Library - Free Resource
The library offers a really useful resource called the Naxos Music Library and Naxos Music Box. Both can be accessed for free with a valid library card https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/libraries/elibrary#Naxos
You can also access it online.
Below are links to a series of videos we have put together which show children some of the instruments they could learn. We hope that these will be a useful teaching resource for teachers in years 1-6 as well as a way of promoting the playing of an instrument.
Visit the Resources for schools page for links to worksheets to accompany the videos.
An interesting article from the Guardian Newspaper
How to improve the school results: not extra maths but music, loads of it…
Underground Music Project
Underground Tuesday encourages young people to come together and make music with a view to increasing their musical skills and also nurturing their personal and social development. Sessions are led by the young people’s own musical interest and are run by a Youth Worker in partnership with tutors from the MK Music Hub.
Open to young people aged 13-19 with an interest in music (referral needed).
Young people can use their own instruments. If they don’t already own an instrument a loan can be organised.
MK Music Hub is working alongside Changing Tracks – a programme of peer support and learning for and with Music Services wanting to improve equality, diversity and inclusion.
We are working hard to improve equality, inclusion and diversity. We have drawn up a strategy together with other music hubs in the eastern region, which maps out our aims over the next four years.
As part of our work in supporting schools to deliver a broad and inspiring music curriculum the Milton Keynes Music Hub is running 3 sessions of free CPD this year. Details for the next session are below.
Autumn term 2023 – MU1G (free of charge)
Writing a Music Development Plan
Suitable for class teachers and Music Subject Leaders who are required to write a Music Development Plan.
We will examine the process of writing a Music Development Plan; what should be included and left out; how you could structure your plan; how a plan should fit in with your school/academy trust ethos; how you could communicate your plan and with whom. There will be opportunities to discuss these points with colleagues and reflect on the best way forward so that you
are able to produce a relevant and personalised plan for your school.
Spring term 2024 – MU1G (free of charge)
(Music Express, Active Music Digital, Naxos Music Box and ABRSM Classroom 200)
During this course, delegates can discuss what makes a good music scheme including an exploration of content, progression, coverage of the National Curriculum and inclusivity. Teachers will be split into EY/KS1 and KS2 and have the opportunity to try out some of the activities within each
Summer term 2024 – MU1G (free of charge)
Assessment and End of Year Statements
This course will highlight the intrinsic connection between the music curriculum taught in your school, the end of year statements and assessment. Delegates will be asked to bring along their Long term and Medium Term planning and shown how to use these to create workable and achievable end of year statements.
Attendance is free for primary school teachers. Dates and venues will be confirmed at a later date.
Instrumental Festivals 2024
Booking now open ….
String and Guitar Festival – Tuesday 5 March 2024
Woodwind and Brass Festival – Wednesday 6 March 2024
These events are taking place at the Church of Christ the Cornerstone and will run from 9.15am to 12.30pm
Find out about the event and how to book here.
Primary Music Festival 2024
KS1 – Morning Festival – Wednesday 19 June 2024: 10am to 11.15am
KS1 – Afternoon Festival – Wednesday 19 June 2024: 1.15pm to 2.30pm
KS2 – Afternoon Festival – Tuesday 18 June 2024: 1.15pm to 2.30pm
At The Ridgeway Centre, Wolverton Mill, MK12 5TH
Find all the information you need here:
Places for this popular event will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Booking opens on Monday 8th January 2024 and closes at 5pm on Wednesday 17th January 2024.
The Ridgeway Centre, Wolverton Mill, MK12 5TH
18 June 2023 – 9.30am to 11.00am
A performance opportunity for Year 4 students who take part in our year-long music projects in MK schools and have been put forward by their Music Faculty Instrumental teacher to take part.
Places for this popular event will be by invitation and allocated on a first come first served basis.
Free singing event - virtual video Primary Music Festival 2021
The countdown is on! The finished video is available from 23rd June 2021 at 2pm! Use this link to watch the MK Primary Music Festival 2021!
Check here for Network meeting dates
3.45pm to 5pm
|6 Nov 23 / 4 Feb 24 / 23 May 24
|Subject Leader Meetings
8am to 9am
26 Sept 23 / 24 Jan 24 / 14 May 24
|Secondary Heads of Music
2pm to 4pm
|6 Oct 23 / 19 Jan 24 / 1 May 24
Events for schools
5 & 6 Mar 24 – Instrumental Festivals
16/17/88 April 24 – Roadshows in schools
9 May 24 – Infant Celebration Concert
18 June 24 – Instrument Jamboree
18/19 June 23 – Primary Music Festivals
Showcasing MK Schools
- Women’s Euro 2022 MK Music Hub recently partnered with the Royal Philharmonic Orchesra to offer students in MK schools the chance to help create a new anthem for Milton Keynes!
The workshops were very well received … “Yesterday was an absolute privilege! The musicians were incredible and our Y5 children were in absolute rapture listening to their instrumental introductions and taking part in the composition. Thank you so much for allowing us to take part in this opportunity.” ….”Just wanted to pass on our thanks for yesterday’s workshop. The students have been talking about it every time I’ve seen them and they thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was so valuable for them to get some compositional tips from a ‘real life professional’ and inspirational for them to meet and listen to the musicians. Thanks again!”
Following on from the workshops …. MK’s very own anthem ‘Our Time is Now’ has been written with the Royal Philharmonic, composer Charlotte Harding, MK Music Hub and local communities. A joyous tune, celebrating all that is special about MK, including our infamous concrete cows, the code breakers and yes – our new city status! Pupils from Cold Harbour School will be performing the new anthem alongside The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, MK Brass, MK Youth Choir and MK Community Choir at the Fan Party, Station Square on Wenesday 27th July 2022.
- Two Mile Ash School kept the music going during lockdown and recorded a virtual choir performance of ‘Stronger Together’ involving staff and families in an effort to bring people together.Two Mile Ash School – Stronger Together