“Singing can improve pupils’ learning, confidence, health and social development.
It has the power to change lives and build stronger communities. This is why we are asking hubs to develop singing strategies, in and beyond schools, to ensure that every child sings regularly and that choirs are available. Such strategies will widen singing opportunities for all pupils, drive up quality and give routes for progression such as access to chorister programmes, area/county choirs and the National Youth Choir.” National Plan for Music, DFE
Each Music Hub across the country has written a Singing Strategy to enable the guidance published in the National Plan for Music to be implemented. Somerset Music are delighted to be the Lead Partner for the Singing Strategy for Somerset, on behalf of Sound Foundation Somerset, the Music Hub for the county. We will be working in partnership with Jackdaws to organise and coordinate the implementation of the Singing Strategy as decided by Sound Foundation Somerset.
The Singing Strategy aim for the academic year 2018-19 is to build on the singing experiences of previous years of leading on the Strategy and to enable both teachers and pupils to progress in their use of singing within schools and abilities/opportunities respectively.
We are working in partnership with Sing Up to offer a subsidised annual membership to this well-established and comprehensive online vocal resource which has 600+ songs in its song bank as well as many useful teaching aides.
A CPD session/workshop, the focus dependent on Key Stage, is available for all primary schools and there is an opportunity to buy additional hours of tuition for both Key Stages 1 & 2. For secondary schools we are offering the opportunity to participate in one of our Gifted and Talented days and we also have an offer for special schools which includes a FREE CPD session - please contact Somerset Music on 01823 348262 for further information.
"Thank you so much for the CPD session today. It was fantastic! I've got lots more ideas and am happy to use Sing Up as a resource. I'm looking forward to getting our choir started!"
A series of Singing Festivals is taking place over June and July 2018 offering schools the opportunity to showcase their vocal talent and be involved in massed singing.
11th June - West Somerset Singing Festival at The Regal Theatre, Minehead at 6 pm
9th July - Bridgwater Singing Festival at The McMillan Theatre, Bridgwater at 6.45 pm
10th July - Wellington Singing Festival at Courtfields Community School Sports Hall at 6 pm
11th July - Bridgwater Singing Festival at The McMillan Theatre, Bridgwater at 6.45 pm
In addition, further vocal pathways are available for students through the County Youth Choir and County Show Choir. The choirs are open to 11-21 year olds and meet on a termly basis. Further information is available from SAlsop@somerset.gov.uk
This continues to be an exciting time for singing within the county to raise the profile of vocal work and set a foundation for further work to be built on.