Singing in Schools
Singing is a fantastic activity - it makes us happy, helps us breathe more deeply, improves communication skills and aids brain development. Nottingham Music Hub is delighted to introduce an all-encompassing singing strategy this year, which includes live and online sessions, competitions, events, CPD & support for staff as well as a brand new exciting vocal group.
Let's Sing with the Music Hub
We are super excited to start online Singing & Well-being Sessions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM. These sessions, designed for pupils in KS 1 and KS 2, are being offered FREE this year to schools that already work with Nottingham Music Hub.
Schools will be able to access these sessions online through Microsoft Teams. We will be focusing on different elements of singing and sessions will include singing games, brain gym activities and fun songs to take part in along with support on improving children's general singing techniques.
Spring Sing Sessions
We are celebrating Spring (it is on its way, we promise!) with some beautiful singing. The full list of topics includes: Air, Atoms, Cells, Discovery, Earth, Fire, Invention, Language, Life, Movement, Us and Water. The words are all written by Michael Rosen and the music is composed by Russell Hepplewhite.
These lessons are also available on the Music Hub Schools SharePoint site (accessible via your school's own SharePoint site) in the 'Everything - Spring Sing' folder.
Please let Graham know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any classes or a choir that you would like to join the project and the songs that you would like to learn (you can pick and choose the songs you would like to learn!).
Area Band Singing
Along with our Monday & Wednesday sessions, we will also have online singing sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM for pupils who might be waiting to join Area Band later that day or for young people who are looking for extra singing support or just a fun way to spend their afternoon.
These sessions are free to join in for city pupils, and are primarily designed for pupils in KS 2. Children can join in either at school or from home. All the repertoire will be linked to the Model Music Curriculum (MMC) and will be different from the songs & resources shared in the Let's Sing sessions.
We will be organising a singing festival every term, focusing on a diverse, fun and engaging repertoire that will be linked to the Model Music Curriculum (MMC), represent the diversity of Nottingham City, include resource materials and videos, and also incorporate CPD for school staff. CPD sessions may be offered live or online, and where needed, schools may also get tailored workshops in-school for their staff designed around the hub event.
CPD & Singing Resources
We will be developing new song teaching resources for the Model Music Curriculum (MMC) repertoire to best reflect the MMC progression route and provide schools access to these via YouTube.
Nottingham Music Hub will also offer CPD opportunities for school staff several times a year to support the termly singing events. Sessions may also be included within the School Network meetings, either as support for MMC or other hub singing activities.
We will also be offering in-school visits and workshops to support staff where needed connected to our singing-focused events and activities.