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How We Support Schools

We work directly with schools across the county to develop and deliver their music programmes, including workshops, teacher training, curriculum support and music lessons. Our Area Managers are equipped with information about local teachers, instruments, funding and resources to support classroom teachers and music coordinators.

Area Managers

The Kent Music Area Managers act as a first point of contact for schools. They can provide:

  • Advice
  • Support
  • School resources
  • Workshops and network meetings

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  • Funding guidance
  • Useful contacts
  • Support and resources for school events
  • Information and ideas

Returning to face-to-face lessons 

At Kent Music our number one priority is the health and safety of our students and the people we work with. While COVID-19 restrictions have now been lifted in England, we’re keeping some safety measures in place to ensure we can resume face-to-face activities safely and securely this school year! 

As such, we have a few criteria which we require to be in place before we can begin to register teaching in your school. 

Please find our full guidance and criteria below. You can speak directly to your local Area Manager to discuss our guidelines and how to arrange teaching in your school. 

These are the criteria we require to be in place before starting to register teaching in your school:

  • A valid risk assessment mist be in place (either yours or ours) 
  • All teaching rooms must be well ventilated and clean 
  • External staff are allowed entry 
  • We are able to provide a workable timetable 

 

We are asking all our teachers to: 

  • Ensure good hygiene, especially frequent and thorough hand cleansing  
  • Clean surfaces like music stands and keyboards between lessons  
  • Maintain social distancing where possible: with non-blown instrument players a minimum of 1m apart and blown instrument players and singers 2m apart  
  • Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19 

We have also created a detailed set of guidance for them, to ensure that teaching will be as safe as possible. 

In some cases, it may not be possible to return to lessons in your school yet. In these situations, pupils can be directed to our local Music Centres or online lessons as great alternatives! 

Our full public guidance for pupils and their families can be found here.

We appreciate all the hard work being done in and out of school to ensure a safe and productive return to face-to-face learning. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if we can be of further assistance in bringing music to your school. 

Our Services

If you would like to find out more about a service listed below, please speak to your Area Manager above or contact our Maidstone office.

Curriculum Support

As a school you may be thinking about overhauling or redesigning your music curriculum. If you need a place to begin then please look at our guidance below

Tuition

Any schools in the county can contact Kent Music when they want a peripatetic teacher to provide them with tuition. This tuition will be registered through Kent Music and the tuition will be paid for by parents, directly to Kent Music.

Contact our excellent customer services team on customerservices@kent-music.com or visit our Music Lessons page for more information.

Some education establishments want to deal with parents and billing themselves and when this is the case we can provide you with a specialist teacher to suit your needs including individual and small group lessons; whole class teaching; direction of school ensembles; and continuation lessons for students who have completed their MusicPlus year. The school simply pays Kent Music for this service.

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Whole Class instrumental tuition is a requirement in all state schools and Kent Music can help your school to deliver this. In Kent we contribute funds to schools for up to two terms to enable them to access one year of whole class instrumental tuition in one KS2 year group. This part-funded year group is called MusicPlus.

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Everything you need to know about hiring instruments for your school.

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Funding and Finance

Kent Music is committed to enabling children and young people to access musical opportunities. The Kent Music Bursary provides financial support to 5-18 year olds, living in Kent, excluding Medway, who meet specific financial criteria, and covers 75% of activity fees for one musical activity per academic year.

Schools should direct parents or carers to the application forms and full details on our Financial Assistance page; we cannot accept applications direct from a school. If you have any queries, please contact Gail Batty on gbatty@kent-music.com.

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All state schools in Kent must complete the Kent Music Annual Survey in order to be eligible to receive ring fenced funding for music education.

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Kent Music Roadshow

The Kent Music Roadshow is a free 50-minute-long interactive performance aimed at KS2 and KS3 students in schools. Featuring instrumental demonstrations, live performances, video, and audience participation the roadshow aims to inspire students to learn a musical instrument and to encourage an understanding of the value of music to our world and everyday lives.

“The roadshow gave the children the opportunity to realise how important music is and how much fun they could get from playing a musical instrument.”

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CPD and Training

Kent Music offers a range of creative, resourceful and up-to-date professional development for music educators and classroom teachers delivering music in the county.

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Resources

As well as the curriculum support guidance and links found above there are lots of links that will help you deliver music in your school.

Find out more here 

Contact us if you need any more advice: schools@kent-music.com