Services to schools

Music for Life works in partnership with schools to support them in offering young people opportunities to develop musical skills and to engage them in music making. Our four key services areas are:

1) Peripatetic Instrumental Lessons

Music for Life has access to a network of almost 100 specialist teachers who offer lessons on a very wide variety of instruments.

BENEFITS OF RUNNING INSTRUMENT LESSONS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MUSIC FOR LIFE

  • Reduced workload and risk faced by schools when trying to make arrangements for this kind of specialist tuition to be provided.
  • Music for Life deals with all administration – timetabling, communication with parents, dealing with payments from parents, the sourcing, engaging and payment of tutors, finding replacement tutors, arranging exams, monitoring teaching quality. This releases school teaching and administrative staffs’ time from major tasks and also the many day to day issues that crop up when running this kind of service, freeing them to do concentrate on other things.
  • Teachers visit during the school day, and children learning with Music for Life become part of a school community of musicians. However, in addition, Music for Life offers hundreds of young people every year the opportunity to take part in outside workshops, ensembles and other activities provided by Music for Life, most of which are offered free of charge. 
  • All tutors are DBS checked and the quality of teaching is regularly monitored on behalf of schools and parents by experienced music educators with a track record of outstanding teaching themselves.

Please note the services listed above are completely FREE TO SCHOOLS.  Some schools choose to enhance the offer to parents by providing a subsidy towards the cost of lessons, sometimes to support particular courses – eg. students taking GCSE music, students trying “taster” courses – but this is up to each individual school.

2) Whole Class Wider Opportunities Projects

Music for Life pioneered whole class instrumental teaching some time before it was adopted by the government and local authority music services. Our whole class courses aim to give insight as to what it is like to learn a musical instrument and to inspire and support students and parents who then wish to continue to learn an instrument. For over 10 years, the courses that Music for Life delivers have achieved an impressive follow-on rate of 30-40%, considerably higher than the regional average.

The whole class is taught a specifically designed course by a course leader, alongside an instrumental tutor and class teacher in weekly 45-minute sessions. Most whole class courses are for 10 weeks, but some are 20 or 30. The final session of each course is a “sharing” concert and, crucially, there are opportunities for pupils to continue to learn instruments and join suitable ensembles after the whole class phase.

BENEFITS

  • Improves concentration, self-esteem and team-working skills in learners
  • Is proving to be a powerful tool for school improvement
  • Challenges gender stereotypes in pupils choice of instruments
  • Can be a catalyst to set up a new school band or can enhance an existing school group

3) Live Performances

Performances are normally for a whole school but can be tailored to specific year groups or exam classes. There is usually a charge to school for these events which varies according to the requirements of the school and the number of teachers required.

IDEAS FOR PERFORMANCES / ASSEMBLIES

  • Introduction to Musical Instruments & “Have a Go” (opportunity for pupils to try an instrument)
  • Themed / topic based performances (e.g. Victorians, WW2)

4) Workshops in School

Music for Life is very experienced at designing exciting and inclusive workshops – its tutors have delivered workshops with Glyndebourne Opera, Manchester Jazz Festival and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

EXAMPLES OF WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE

  • Jazz workshop
  • Samba workshop
  • Workshops for instrumental students in school, including a performance