MK Music Hub


Information and opportunities to support schools with their music strategy. 

Totally Music: 2024 – 2025

The new ‘Totally Music’ offer for academic year 2024 – 2025 is now available.  To find out more and place your order visit the dedicated Totally Music Web Page.

Instrumental Festivals 2024

Booking is now closed and no further entries will be accepted
Primary Schools’ Instrumental Festivals 2024

Primary Schools’ Singing Festivals 2024 

Booking is now closed and no further entries will be accepted
Festival Information

Partners for your school 

The Music Hub aims to support schools through its work with Hub partners. The following partners can help in the following ways:


Music Faculty

Through its ‘Totally Music’ programme the Music Faculty provides strategic support to schools that wish to develop and audit their music education.

The Faculty offer

  • Curriculum Projects delivered by faculty teachers for Reception – Year 6
  • developing school singing strategies
  • opportunities for large-scale performances.


Music Co-op

The Music Co-op is a key partner of the Music Hub and has around 65 instrumental teachers as members teaching a range of instruments. Schools can find out more about this contacting them directly at or telephone 01908 699052.

To inspire your students, we have produced some videos demonstrating different instrument groups:

Brass Instruments
Woodwind Instruments
String Instruments


Music Mark

Our Vision On behalf of our membership, we lobby for and support high-quality music education for all children and young people.
Music Mark is a membership organisation, subject association and charity. Our membership consists of Music Education Services and Hubs, their teaching and support teams; schools; individuals; NYMOS; HE/FE bodies; Hub and Corporate Partners.

On behalf of our members, partners and the wider sector, Music Mark lobbies for, and champions, a government supported, high-quality, music education provision for all school aged children and young people which addresses diversity, equity and inclusion at its core.

Schools may wish to celebrate their music education provision for pupils by applying for membership of Music Mark.

Music Mark membership is awarded to schools that demonstrate a high-quality music provision for pupils.  Schools can apply to the Music Hub for Music Mark membership and if their provision satisfies a set of criteria Music Mark membership is awarded.

The MK Music Hub has awarded Music Mark membership to 6 schools, Congratulations to:

Ousedale School
Shenley Brook End School

New Bradwell

The Premier Academy
Great Linford Primary
Bushfield School

Music Mark schools have met the following criteria:

  • evidence of a willingness to engage in development conversations related to improving music provision
  • recognition of the value of music education as part of a broad and balanced curriculum
  • a strategy for music in place which provides for all children


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.

Extension Roles

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

Take a look at what’s on offer to schools to complement your Curriculum Subjects: MK Music Hub – Curriculum Book 2020-2021

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

You can also access it online.

Demonstration Videos

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.

Brass Instruments
Woodwind Instruments
String Instruments

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…

Read about how a school in Bradford transformed their SATs results with music.

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.

Click here to find out more or make a referral.


Changing Tracks

 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.

CPD Opportunities

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 Schemes
(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 closed.

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.

Instrumental Festivals 2024

Primary Music Festival 2024

Booking now closed.

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:

Primary Schools’ Music Festival – Milton Keynes Music Education Hub (

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.

Instrumental Jamboree

The Ridgeway Centre, Wolverton Mill, MK12 5TH 

18 June 2024 – 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!


Or  View the video here…


Network meetings

Check here for Network meeting dates


SEN Meetings
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

Book here

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

Womens Euro 2022

  • 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


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