Nottingham Music Hub works with SEND schools as well as EBD and PRU schools. We offer whole class, small group, and individual lessons. Our specialist staff deliver bespoke lessons to suit the needs and abilities of the students across all key stages.

For professional development opportunities with NMS, please see our CPD Resources page.

I've seen a couple of the sharing' sessions that Claire [Music Hub Team Lead] and the Oak Field classes have put together. They are a delight to see, and even more so to hear (even on the wind down the corridor!). I think you'd be very proud of the Music Hub's work in Oak Field. Thank you for this work with us, we are looking forward to more!

Oak Field School Deputy Head

EBD (Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties) / PRU (Pupil Referral Unit)

Pupils will be able to learn music through a variety of instruments including keyboard, drums, guitar and bass. They are encouraged to make their own musical choices and decisions when appropriate, work together as a team when possible, and learn to respect the tastes and opinions of others. 

The positive impact on the young people involved is profound. Many have gone on to take their BTEC Music, and some have continued their musical journey by studying music at college.

I have now been teaching for 34 years and there have been very few occasions when I have felt emotionally moved by an experience during a working day. Yesterday presented me with a personal first, where I found myself moved to tears by the experience in the hall when all of my pupils and many of my staff contributed to the playing of 'In the Hall of the Mountain King'. It was without a doubt one of the most remarkable things that I have ever been witness to in a long, and occasionally colourful, teaching career. We sometimes find ourselves in circumstances that we know will remain with us probably for a lifetime and for me yesterday was one of those events. I cannot thank you enough for the effort and energy that you put into all of your work with our children. The outcome to that event is testimony to the excellent practice that you bring every day and rest assured I will endeavour to bore all of my friends over the Christmas holiday with my recount of the day.

An EBD school head, after a Christmas concert

SEND schools

Pupils will be able to learn music through a variety of band, orchestral and ethnic instruments. Lessons are child-centred and staff adhere to the social model of disability. Inclusion is paramount to our work. Students are encouraged to make their own musical choices and decisions when appropriate and work together as a team.

Partnership with Open Orchestras

Open Orchestras is an award-winning programme set up to address the lack of musical ensemble provision in special schools. It has been carefully developed through paticipatory design with young disabled musicians, teachers and music leaders. Pupils build skills gradually across the year through individual lessons to whole group work. All key stages and abilities welcome, including PMLD students. By signing up to Open Orchestras, you will receive a music lead from Nottingham Music Hub, who will work closely with your class teacher to deliver the lessons. CPD is provided for school staff. Please visit the Open Orchestras website for more information and get in touch with us at the Music Hub if you are interested in having your own orchestra!

All of the students look forward to Open Orchestra every week! Since we began in September, it has been a joy to see how everyone has developed their musical skills and confidence. The sessions not only promote a love of music but also contribute towards communication skills with peers learning to play music together as a group. It has been so valuable in helping us all to feel part of something big, something special!

Oak Field School Teacher

Partnership with Noise Academy

Nottingham Music Hub has partnered with Noise Academy to offer a new, exciting aspect to music lessons through DJ skills and Music Production while teaching the underpinning concepts of musical elements, context and language.

By participating in the weekly sessions, students will learn how to DJ, produce their own music, play in front of their peers and showcase their music online whilst gaining accreditations.

Please note that the costs below include equipment. Each teaching session is 30 minutes and limited to four pupils.

  • 1 hour (2 sessions) £75
  • 2 hours (4 sessions) £120
  • 3 hours (6 sessions) £150
  • Full day (10 sessions) £250
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