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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.

Please be aware that we have new guidelines and support in place for returning to schools in the Autumn term 2020. 

Please refer to the full guidance, information and FAQs on our services here: www.kent-music.com/school-services/covid-19-schools-guidance/

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

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

Use our Kent Music Curriculum Guidance for Schools document which takes you through the following process:

  1. Self-Assessment of your current whole school music provision
  2. Write your Music Policy
  3. Write a strategy for implementing which involves your curriculum mapping
  4. Review

 

Useful documents:

  1. https://www.ismtrust.org/resources/education-resources/the-national-curriculum-for-music
  2. Primary schools can use the ISM toolkit: https://www.ismtrust.org/resources/primary-toolkit
  3. For KS4 check chosen exam specifications

 

Make sure that your curricular and extra-curricular offers including at KS2 your MusicPlus offer is linked and not seen as separate provision.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/413107/Music_in_schools_what_hubs_must_do.pdf

Page 22, point 1.3

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 fund one year of whole class instrumental tuition and this 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 – Bach to the Future

Bach to the Future is an hour long FREE interactive Roadshow aimed at KS2 and KS3 students. The Roadshow aims to inspire students to learn a musical instrument and to encourage an understanding of just how valuable music is to our world and to our everyday lives.

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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.

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