To follow up from the meeting we had a couple of weeks ago, we have put together some information about what a Music Hub offer to home educated children and young people could look like.

Doncaster Music Education Hub

Doncaster Music Service and darts (Doncaster Community Arts) are working in close partnership to lead the new Doncaster Music Education Hub partnership (DMEH). As part of this programme we are keen to offer music provision for home educated childr
en and young people. In this text we have outlined the kinds of provision that we can offer (but please bear in mind we are very happy to tailor our programmes to meet group’s needs).

At the bottom of the document is a form for you to fill in if you are interested in music provision. It is also attached as a separate document to email/ print.

This will help us to plan our programmes and see if there is enough interest to deliver the programmes at an affordable cost. There would be a cost to individuals to pay for the provision, but we are working in close partnership with DMBC and the Music Hub Board to keep this as low as possible.

Please respond by Monday July 14th via email to helen @ thepoint.org.uk (omitting spaces) or drop your form into The Point, 16 South Parade, Doncaster, DN1 2DR

If you are able to do this we would hope to be running some programmes in the Autumn of 2014.

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council’s Music Service works to embed instrumental tuition with education partners, creating a true musical journey for the young people of Doncaster.

The Service provides a comprehensive programme of opportunities starting with an exciting early years programme aimed at 2-5 years and goes right up to A-level and beyond.

Here are some ideas for different age groups, these are not exclusive to what we can offer, but should give you some guidance:

Reception – Year2 (2-5 years)

Our staff will deliver a “Fun and Exciting” Music makers class music experience to include using tunes, songs, rhythms, percussion and props to enrich topics and themes.

Learning about turn taking, waiting, listening, social and language skills, concentrating and sharing in a group situation.

Y2 (5/6 years)

Music makers class music or with a bright and enthusiastic group of young children recorder group teaching could be introduced using Charanga as an additional tool.

Y3 (6/7 years)

This is an ideal age to introduce large group tuition either a 30 mins concentrated standard teaching instrumental programme with rudiments of music included or a 1 hour Wider Opportunity programme to include learning of the instrument and singing and engaging with music

We recommend using Recorder/Guitar and Violin at this stage.

Piano / Keyboard lessons would also be on offer.

Y4 (7/8 years)

Recommended age for starting any instrument from the string/woodwind/brass family, with no more than 3 or 4 pupils in a 20 min lesson.

Percussion would be offered in an individual lesson for 20 mins.

We would encourage pupils to attend the Music Service ensembles.

Y5/6 (8/10 years)

As recommended for year 4 with the possibility (depending on ability) of starting initial examination work.

Y7/Y9 (11/13)

A strong instrumental progression route again in a recommended 20 min lesson with the opportunity of sitting instrumental/voice examinations to a higher level, and continued attendance to the music service ensembls.

Y9/Y13 (13/18 years)

As above, plus offering curriculum delivery for GCSE/AS and A level music.   Practical instrumental/voice tuition would in addition be offered to coach students through the practical requirement of a well balanced presentation at the appropriate level.

There are many opportunities on offer for progression programmes, on a wide range of instruments, with graded exams through to grade 8 and diploma, Support is also available for GCSE, AS and A level practical exams.

Doncaster Music Service (DMS) also offer a competitively priced instrument loan service that ensures good quality and well maintained instruments are available to all musicians.

The Service also provides a wide range of ensembles delivered through the William Appleby Music Centre, ranging from beginners through to our top orchestras/bands. The ensembles create excellent performance opportunities which inspire children along with developing their personal skills such as social networking, team building, self-confidence , and above all else the enjoyment of showcasing  their talents with a live audience.

darts (Doncaster Community Arts) works with children of all ages and abilities to unlock their creative potential, inspire them and give them access to exciting opportunities . Its education work uses the arts as a tool to increase confidence, enjoyment and attainment in wider education. Many projects are also part of action research projects.

Musicians tailor their workshops to people’s needs, always starting from where they are.

darts have a broad range of skills on their team and keep up to date with new developments in music. Musicians are unafraid to try new techniques and approaches – they like a challenge and try to stretch themselves within each project.

Mostly darts focus on the quality of the experience for participants – but either through the technology they use or through their skills and experience they can make something simple sound amazing. They have access to high quality equipment and can produce professional recordings in a relatively short time. darts is as ambitious in its delivery as their musicians are in their own individual work as artists.

darts (Doncaster Community Arts) strengths lie in holistic approaches –

i.e. creating music – soundscapes, songs, etc. according to children’s interests and whatever topics they are following, or alternatively taking a piece of music from whatever genre/ cultural tradition and showing parents/educators how to link to other areas of the curriculum – using music as stimulus instead of the other way around. We have the luxury of being able to respond to individual needs and interests, without any set guidelines.

We could create a Home Educators band and incorporate percussion, ukuleles, etc. as well as any instruments children might be learning individually. This could build social and group skills.

Children could write their own songs and take part in a complete process of songwriting, adding accompaniment, recording the songs, designing a songbook, etc. We could make our own radio programme, or even a musical!

If parents were involved too, music could be created together relating it to own homes and families.

Here are some ideas for different age groups, these are not exclusive to what we can offer, but should give you some guidance:

4-7 year olds:

Initial Stages:

Singing games and rhymes to instill basic building blocks of music – i.e beat, rhythm, pitch etc – in a fun, creative way.

Curriculum aspects covered:

Use voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes, play tuned and untuned instruments musically.

Development ideas:

Development of understanding – perhaps moving on to basic rhythm notation etc.

Basic songwriting/compositions.

Curriculum aspects covered:

Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music

Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

8-11 year olds:

Initial Stages:

Singing games and rhymes to instil and develop building blocks of music in a fun, creative way – beat, rhythm pitch, moving on to rhythm notation, pitch notation and musical elements. Music appreciation

Curriculum aspects covered:

use and understand staff and other musical notations, listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians, develop an understanding of the history of music.

Development ideas:

Composition and song-writing, using graphic notation/basic staff notation.

Curriculum aspects covered:

Organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory, develop an understanding of musical composition,


Initial Stages:

Composition and songwriting, music technology projects, musical appreciation

Curriculum aspects covered:

perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians, learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence, understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

Development ideas:

Arts Awards- Discover, Explore, Bronze and Silver http://www.artsaward.org.uk/site/?id=64

Participant led – music reviews, developed composition.

Information needed from parents/ carers

(Please fill in one form for each child/ young person):

Name of parent/ carer

Contact details- email/ telephone number

Name of child

Age of child

Kind of music activity interested in?

Preferred time of day

Preferred day of week

Any instruments already played?

Does your child have any additional needs?

Are you interested in theory classes?

Are you interested in composition classes?

Is your child interested in any other arts activities? Please number in order of preference


Visual arts


Circus Skills


Many thanks,

Helen, Julie and Paul

Helen Jones
Arts Development Manager
01302 558050

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