Schools Programme

A large group of school children taking part in a concert on the main stage at Middlesbrough Town Hall.

Musinc’s 2021/22 schools programme is now live!

We’ve got an amazing variety of musical activities for your school to get involved in, from rap to classical, jazz to music tech – there’s something for all ages and abilities. Young people will have the opportunity to visit Middlesbrough Town Hall, complete Arts Award qualifications, watch and take part in performances, and so much more!

At Musinc, equality, diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of everything we do. All activities are inclusive and accessible for vulnerable young people and SEN students. If you have any queries about your young people’s ability to access an activity please get in touch to discuss the needs of your students. The age ranges given should act as guidance only.

Lots more events, including masterclasses with visiting artists and performances for your young people to attend will be announced over the course of the year.

How to book

To book your place, please choose your workshop and date (listed below under ‘Activities’), and email your choices to samantha_spruce@middlesbrough.gov.uk.

SPECIAL OFFER: Book onto our Disability Awareness workshops for FREE if you register by 30th November!

Brochure

Our full programme and offer is available to view and download now in our brochure.

Click here to view a PDF of our 2021/22 schools programme.

Schedule

A summary of our programme can be seen in the table below.

Enquiries

For enquiries, please email our Project Coordinator, Samantha Spruce on samantha_spruce@middlesbrough.gov.uk.

Activities

See details of activities and events starting from November 2021 below.

An opera for young people

All the King’s Men by Richard Rodney Bennett

Delivered in partnership with Opera Nova

Open to: Higher KS2 & lower KS3

Dates: workshops through the 2022 Spring & Summer term in school

Dress rehearsal: Tuesday 28th June

Performance: Tuesday 5th July, 4pm

Cost: FREE

All The Kings Men is a 40 minute opera written for young people to perform. We’re looking for 4 schools to take part in our performance alongside singers from Opera Nova and an orchestra of local musicians. This project will provide young people with an accessible introduction to opera and an opportunity to perform on stage at Middlesbrough Town Hall. The musical content of this piece is largely ensemble based, with simple melodies and rhythms sung in unison and composed to suit young people’s voices.

Each school will be asked to create a section of the set and their own costumes, we want the young people to feel ownership over the whole performance. We will provide a resource pack to support and inspire you and may be able to provide a small contribution towards these costs, please get in touch for more details.

You will be required to transport your participants on the dates at the Town Hall for the rehearsal and performance.

Full schedule coming soon!

These activities are school based.

Introduction to the Orchestra (Assemblies)

Open to: KS1 & KS2

Dates: 2022

Monday 28th February, 9am

Monday 7th March, 9am

Monday 14th March, 9am

Monday 21st March, 9am

Monday 28th March, 9am

Monday 4th April, 9am

Monday 25th April, 9am

Tuesday 26th April, 9am

Monday 2nd May, 9am

Tuesday 3rd May, 9am

Monday 9th May, 9am

Tuesday 10th May, 9am

Monday 16th May, 9am

Tuesday 17th May, 9am

Monday 23rd May, 9am

Tuesday 24th May, 9am

Cost: £40 per assembly

Learn more about the different instruments we might find, what we might hear and how the instruments are played.

Rap and Literacy

Open to: KS2

Dates: 2022

Option 1: starting Tuesday 1st March, 10am

Option 2: starting Friday 4th March, 10am

Option 3: starting Tuesday 8th March, 10am

Option 4: starting Thursday 10th March, 1.30pm

Option 5: starting Friday 11th March, 1.30pm

Cost: £240 for 3 workshops for up to 30 children

Explore the KS2 literacy curriculum in a series of 3 workshops showcasing how the genre of rap can be used as a tool for supporting pupils’ language and literacy skills. The session explores how rap uses complex vocabulary and grammatical functions, whilst also exploring how the performance of rap can support memory, presentation skills and builds confidence in communication.

Create your own Percussion Orchestra

Open to: KS2

Dates: Various dates TBC

Cost: Workshop £40 p/h, per class of up to 30 children

This workshop looks at how young people might approach listening to classical music, with a focus on the sounds made by orchestral instruments. Young people will use a wide variety of percussion instruments to explore and make their own orchestra!

Arts Award is based between the Town Hall and your school.

Arts Award Discover

This can be designed around the needs of your students. Please contact samantha_spruce@middlesbrough.gov.uk to discuss options.

Arts Award Explore (Linked to orchestral performance)

Open to: Higher KS2

Dates: Various dates across the year

Cost: £280 up to 20, £325 up to 25, £390 up to 30 students

As part of their Arts Award Explore the young people will explore a range of music-based arts activities, starting with two different music making workshops in the autumn term. In Spring you will visit Middlesbrough Town Hall to learn about our venue and Rachmaninov, a famous classical musician who performed here in 1911 and 1939. You’ll also work with a local artist to create artwork inspired by Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, which your young people and their families will have the opportunity to see performed live! The final part of the young people’s arts award journey is an exhibition for family and friends at Middlesbrough Town Hall, where your young people will share their experiences.

By completing their Explore Arts Award the young people will achieve an RQF Entry 3 qualification, awarded by Trinity College London. Activity will take place across the year. The young people’s work will be moderated after May half term.

Arts Award Bronze

Open to: KS3

Dates: Various dates across the year

Cost: £500 up to 20, £600 up to 26, £720 up to 30 students

As part of their Arts Award Bronze the young people will explore a range of music based arts activities, starting with a series of three 60 minute songwriting workshops with local rapper Shakk. In the spring your young people will research and create a presentation on their chosen arts inspiration, as well as attending Royal Northern Sinfonia’s concert at Middlesbrough Town Hall on Thursday 17th February. Finally the young people will share their arts skills with their peers.

By completing their Bronze Arts Award the young people will achieve an RQF Level 1 qualification, awarded by Trinity College London. Activity will take place across the year. The young people’s work will be moderated after May half term.

These activities are schools based

Rap and Literacy

Open to: KS3 & KS4

Dates: 2022

Option 1: starting Tuesday 11th January, 10am

Option 2: starting Thursday 13th January, 1.30pm

Option 3: starting Friday 14th January, 1.30pm

Option 4: starting Tuesday 18th January, 10am

Option 5: starting Friday 21st January, 10am

Cost: £240 for 3 workshops for up to 30 students

Explore literacy and language through rap, in a series of 3 workshops. The session explores how rap uses complex vocabulary and grammatical functions, whilst also exploring how the performance of rap can support memory, presentation skills and builds confidence in communication.

Composition Surgeries

Open to: GCSE and A Level Music students

Dates: We have morning and afternoon slots available every weekday between Monday 10th January and Friday 18th February 2022. When emailing to book please provide us with a first and second choice of dates and specify if you’d like a morning or afternoon slot.

Cost: £40 (60 mins, 3 students), £60 (90 mins, 4 students)

Young people will work alongside our experienced tutor Christine in small groups of 3-4 to support progress with their GCSE or A Level composition. She will combine her expertise in music technology with the school’s exam requirements to share practical ideas to develop the student’s compositions as well as providing advice and guidance to help students self-assess their work.

These sessions can be split to allow for working 1:1 (20 minutes per student), or can remain as a group session working collaboratively to share the students work and ideas.

These activities are schools based

Learn To Read Music with Lego

Open to: KS2

Dates: 2021

(Mondays)

  • Option 1: Mornings on 22nd, 29th November and 6th December
  • Option 2: Afternoons on 22nd, 29th November and 6th December

Cost: £120 up to 30 children (3 workshops)

In this series of 3 workshops young people will start with a block of lego and by the end will be able to write and understand rhythms using standard musical notation. The sizes of the lego bricks correlate with lengths of musical notes, giving us a system of understanding rhythm in music that is a universal learning tool.

Alison Trelfa is a qualified secondary school music teacher with 25 years teaching experience and is the musical director of One Voice Choir Middlesbrough. Although Alison is registered blind, she has never let this stand in her way of reaching her goal to train and work as a teacher and has overcome many barriers in order to achieve this.

Signed Singing

Please note this event has been postponed until further notice.

Learning Music by Ear

Open to: KS3

Dates: 2021

(Thursdays)

  • Option 1: Morning of 25th November
  • Option 2: Afternoon of 25th November
  • Option 3: Morning of 2nd December
  • Option 4: Afternoon of 2nd December

Cost: £40 (60 min workshop) up to 30 students

In this stand-alone one hour session students will learn a popular song by ear, focusing on the skills needed to learn a piece of music and sing as an ensemble without the aid of sheet music.

Alison Trelfa is a qualified secondary school music teacher with 25 years teaching experience and is the musical director of One Voice Choir Middlesbrough. Although Alison is registered blind, she has never let this stand in her way of reaching her goal to train and work as a teacher and has overcome many barriers in order to achieve this.

Disability Awareness in Music: Discussion and Q&A

Open to: KS3 & KS4

Dates: 2021

(Tuesdays/Wednesdays)

  • Option 1: Morning of 30th November
  • Option 2: Afternoon of 1st December
  • Option 3: Morning of 7th December
  • Option 4: Afternoon of 8th December

Cost: £40 (60 mins) for up to 30 students

Kev Howard is a disabled artist who work’s predominantly in music and photography, but is also an advocate for disability rights and equality.

This session is a discussion based workshop that will explore the different models of disability and common misconceptions around disability. He will give a demonstration of his main instrument, the Didgeridoo, and share information about his career as a musician and photographer.

The session will also look at disabled musicians who have made music their career, including musicians who have developed ways to access conventional instruments regardless of their disability. At the end of the session there will be space for a Q&A, although debate will be encouraged throughout the session.

Middlesbrough Music Students Performance

Open to: GCSE and A Level music students

Date: Tuesday 10th May 2022, 6pm

Where: The Crypt, Middlesbrough Town Hall

Cost: FREE for participants and audience members

Come and perform on stage at Middlesbrough Town Hall!

We know how hard your students work to record their end of year performances, and we’d love to hear them perform live.

This is an opportunity for your students to share their performances on the stage in front of a live audience.

Music Careers Panel with Q&A

Open to: GCSE and A Level students

Dates: Tuesday 7th June 2022, 10.30am-12noon and 1-2.30pm

Where: Main Hall, Middlesbrough Town Hall

Cost: FREE

We want young people from the Tees Valley to aspire to do amazing things! There are so many career paths available in music and we want to highlight what young people can achieve in our area.

Our panel of local professionals will reflect the huge variety of musical professions, inspiring young people to think more about careers around their strengths and interests and pursue a career in music.

Questions for our panellists can be submitted in advance.

CPD: How can Rap support language, literacy and communication?

Dates: Thursday 18 November 2021, 1.30pm – 2.30pm, as part of Culture Bridge’s ‘Imagine If…’ online conference

Where: Online

Cost: FREE

Booking: Head to culturebridgenortheast.org.uk

This session will showcase how the genre of rap can be used as a tool within any subject, for supporting your pupils’ language and literacy skills. Using lyric writing techniques within rap, young people can feel brave and empowered to express themselves through creating their own verse and rhyme.

This session will help you to facilitate this within the classroom setting, and within any topic or subject. The session is aimed at non-musical specialists and will exploring techniques that can be applied across age-groups and key-stages.

CPD: BBC Ten Pieces

Dates: Friday 28th January 2022, 1.30 – 3pm

Where: Middlesbrough Town Hall

Cost: FREE

BBC Ten Pieces is an inspirational music resource which supports teachers at all levels to take classical music into the classroom. At Middlesbrough Town Hall we champion the Ten Pieces and we will be happy to support you to use the resource in this CPD session.

Date: To be arranged to suit your school

Cost: £50 per class for 1.5 hr visit

Booking: Contact us to arrange

Bring your class to our amazing music venue and learn about the heritage and of course some of the famous artists, musicians and bands that have performed on the stage over the years.

A group of school students drumming outside on upturned buckets

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