In Kent, we contribute towards the cost of whole class music at KS2. This funded provision is called MusicPlus.

This programme provides instrumental tuition and musical instruments for whole classes at no cost to the student. Schools can find their own teacher or come through Kent Music for a teacher.

The programme allows children to build confidence, play in an ensemble, compose, and much more! MusicPlus classes are extremely beneficial to the academic, social and emotional development of children.

MusicPlus during the 2020/21 academic year

Please refer to the full guidance, information, funding information and FAQs on our services during COVID-19 here: Schools COVID-19 Guidance

For those with a Kent Music teacher for MusicPlus:

Kent Music teachers did not deliver MusicPlus in the autumn term. Teaching was set up where possible with a Risk Assessment in place to allow for MusicPlus teaching to start in January 2021 however, due to school closures starting in January Kent Music teachers will now not start their teaching until the summer term 2021.

If your teaching was ready to go for January 2021 this will now start after Easter and your teacher will communicate with you. If you are on our waiting list for a teacher, we will continue our efforts this term to place a teacher with you to start in the summer term.

During the autumn term instead of teaching face to face sessions in schools our teachers followed a bespoke CPD programme following content to upskill and extend their knowledge on whole class teaching including Music Tech, philosophy of teaching music, planning, differentiating, and assessing. Many of them were able to contact their assigned schools in the autumn term enabling planning and this contact will continue during the spring term.

Each Kent Music school will be charged £50 per form entry for the summer term of MusicPlus tuition.

For those who engage other agencies/teachers for MusicPlus:

If you engage a different music agency or a private peripatetic teacher, you will need to contact them and let them know if they are needed to teach in your school and when. Music Mark are continually updating their guidance on safe music delivery which can be found here.

MusicPlus teachers

To be a MusicPlus teacher means that you not only provide whole class teaching at KS2 but that this teaching is guided by the Kent Music MusicPlus framework and the 5 outcomes within this:

  • Be Musical
  • Be Creative and Flexible
  • Be Inclusive
  • Plan for Progress
  • Assess and Reflect

Additionally, you should also engage with relevant CPD and develop your teaching throughout the academic year and be open to the Quality Assurance Process.

If a peripatetic teacher is providing your MusicPlus tuition we do expect that the classroom teacher is present when MusicPlus lessons take place to assist with the smooth running of the lesson and preferably to take part themselves!

Please click on the available links below for more information on MusicPlus:

MusicPlus Framework

MusicPlus Digital

Quality Assurance of MusicPlus

Completed MusicPlus Lesson Plan

Blank MusicPlus Lesson Plan Template