Activity Plan

The main areas of activity for the Music Education Hub are focussed around projects in schools and projects which bring different schools together. They are all aimed at raising the amount of musical activity in the county and raising attainment in music in schools.

Projects planned for 2016-17

​The First Access instrument of choice in Rutland is the Descant Recorder, with the intention that every child in the County will have been introduced to the basics of music notation and the elements of music through the medium of a whole class recorder project.

Schools are offered 10 week  recorder projects to support this intention and can pay for these with money allocated to the schools from the Government's National Music Grant, or provide them themselves and use the discount on other services as part of an annual Service Level Agreement.

Schools opting for self-delivery undertake to provide pupil data for the Annual ACE data return and agree to accept monitoring visits to ensure quality.

It is hoped to grow the scope of orchestral First Access projects within the County as well. There are already Brass and String projects taking place in some of the schools.

Schools are also invited to discuss their interest in providing opportunities for their students on orchestral instruments. Please contact RutlandMusic@NMPAT.co.uk

​Each school has been allocated an allowance of money from the National Music Grant to allow it to support the County Vocal Strategy to ensure that every child has the opportunity to sing.

Projects are 5 weeks long and can support individual classes, school choirs or provide singing assemblies for the whole school. Each school will have different needs depending on their individual development.

Schools pay for these projects with money allocated to them from the Government's National Music Grant, or provide them themselves and use the discount on other services as part of an annual Service Level Agreement.

Schools opting for self-delivery undertake to provide pupil data for the Annual ACE data return and agree to accept monitoring visits to ensure quality.

These projects are supported financially by the government's National Music Grant and are offered to schools as part of an annual Service Level Agreement.

Percussion projects have proved extremely popular and have been offered for each of the last three years. These have been either Samba, African Drums or Creative Percussion.

Each project lasts for a day or half day and leads to a performance.

The projects are offered to schools as part of an annual Service Level Agreement.

Introduced in 2015, 5 week phonics and singing workshop to complement phonics teaching and help boost children's attainment. One of these is available free to each primary school, supported by Rutland Music, with funds from the National Music Grant as part of an annual Service Level Agreement.

Rutland Music Play Days are our new Saturday workshops for Music and Drama, hosted at Oakham Castle and English Martyrs CVA. Each Play Day gives young musicians the opportunity to play and sing in ensembles with the support of professional musicians.

To celebrate the birthday of composer Benjamin Britten, Rutland Music will be partnering with Aldeburgh Music to present Friday Afternoons, to celebration of the life and work of Benjamin Britten on Friday 18th November 2016 in Oakham School Chapel.

Schools are invited to express their interest in taking part by contacting RutlandMusic@NMPAT.co.uk

The day will be lead by Oakham School Director of Music, Peter Davis.

Following the tradition of previous years there will be an opportunity for all the young singers of the county to come together in the summer for a massed vocal event featuring hundreds of singers.

In summer 2016 we sang music from the Disney film, Lion King in Oakham chapel, for the summe rof 2017 we will be basing our songs on a Victorian theme to include music from Oliver, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins.

All schools will be contacted about this event.

Funded by Youth Music, Music Forge is a project for Rutland and Northamptonshire aimed at bringing musical opportunities to children in challenging circumstances.

In 2016/17, we will continue to focus on providing family-based singing and other music-making activities for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), as well as our Sound Control initiative which explores ways in which SEND children can access digital technology to enhance their musical experiences.

Currently, we are working closely with Rutland County Council’s Aim Higher Team which provides activities and support services for SEND children and young people and their families.

A couple of projects which are rapidly becoming regular fixtures in the diary are:

  • Two of our Musical Inclusion Team, Kate Rounding (a multi-instrumentalist, composer and studio engineer) and Daniel Johnson (DJ and music producer), have been visiting Youth CHAOS (“Chatty Happy Activities On Saturdays “) in the village of Greetham. The group, which caters for young people aged 11-25 with disabilities or additional needs, is trying out different types of music technology and generally having fun exploring new sounds!
  • The Relaxed Singalong Team (usually based at the Kettering Music and Performing Arts) made an initial foray across into Rutland at the end of February and is looking forward to making another visit in June. The “relaxed singalongs” are just that… opportunities for families and carers with SEND children to come and enjoy singing together in an open, inclusive and relaxed environment.


More information about the Aiming Higher programme can be found here:

Details about Youth CHAOS in Greetham can be found here:

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