Schools: Singing

“A County where every voice is heard”

Lancashire Music Hub’s key partners have worked together to develop a Singing offer with the core aim of ensuring that quality and diverse singing is accessible to ALL young people in Lancashire.

Through our varied singing work, we aim to give all young people access to singing activities, help teachers and schools to develop their skills, experience and repertoire and offer a range of pathways to varied singing activities. 

Our singing leader for Lancashire, Emma Williams, can offer advice on developing singing in your school, from how to get started to building up choirs, and Emma can signpost pathways and progression routes. Email emma.williams@lancashire.gov.uk.

Virtual Big Sing

Children both in schools and at home are invited to be part of our Lancashire Big Sing!

Thousands of children across our region were due to be part of our ‘Big Sings’ this year and Lancashire Music Hub are determined to bring together as many voices as possible in these challenging times. Therefore we’ll be hosting a ‘Virtual’ Big Sing on our Lancashire Music Service YouTube channel available to young singers at home or in school.

Subscribe HERE to our YouTube channel where you’ll receive everything you need to join in.

Starting on Monday 15th June at 11am we’ll release warm up videos and rehearsal tracks for the songs involved with help from our two Big Sing Leaders; Emma Williams and Tim Uffindell. Then on Thursday 25th June join us for a complete performance of the songs.

Videos will be released daily, as follows and will be available until the end of July 2020;

Monday 15th June – Warm Up 1 and Song 1

Tuesday 16th June  – Warm Up 2 and Song 2

Wednesday 17th June – Song 3

Thursday 18th June – Song 4

Friday 19th June  – Song 5

Monday 22nd June  – Get Your Voice Going 1

Tuesday 23rd June  – Get Your Voice Going 2

Wednesday 24th June  – Get Your Voice Going 3

Thursday 25th June – COMPLETE Virtual Big Sing!

We would love to hear if you are joining in with us and you can do this by sharing your participation on the Lancashire Music Hub Twitter and Facebook pages using #lancsbigsing @LancMusicHub

In addition Lancashire Music Hub will be compiling a County-wide video performance of ‘Heads Shoulders Knees and Toes’ and if you would like to be part of this contact emma.williams@lancashire.gov.uk for further details.

Lancashire Big Sing is a collaboration between Lancashire Music Service, More Music in Morecambe, Chorley Schools Sports Partnership and the Lancaster and District Schools’ Singing Festival.

Vocal Tuition

From whole class to group lessons to individual one to one tuition, schools can access specialist vocal teaching which best meets the needs of their pupils.

Lancashire Music Service is the main provider of instrumental and vocal tuition in schools across the county and they also offer schools buying in teaching free access to award-winning Charanga Musical School.

Big Sings

Would your school like to be involved in singing alongside other young voices in your area? Then have a look at the current LMH Big Sings. 

A Big Sing brings several schools together to perform in large local venues under the guidance of experienced Hub Vocal Leaders. 

We currently run 2 large scale Big Sings in the Lancaster and Morecambe and Chorley districts. However, we are looking to expand into other areas of the County so please get in touch if this is something that interests you.

Contact Hub Singing Leader Emma Williams emma.williams@lancashire.gov.uk or call Emma on 07825431450.

Singing Workshops in Schools

We have a number of flexible options to inspire your pupils (all ages) and support your staff and LMS will work with your school to best fit your bespoke needs. 

The benefits of regular singing in schools, both academic and social, are widely recognised and, while there are many great resources available, sometimes you may need a little extra support.

Six-week Sing 

A weekly, 1-hour visit from a specialist for 6 weeks to kick-start singing in your school, perhaps in the lead-up to a festival or school production. A fantastic experience for pupils but also a great way to give staff more confidence to lead singing. We can work with groups of any size and can either provide appropriate repertoire or work on material provided by your school.

One off and Bespoke workshops 

Our specialist singing teachers can work with whole classes or year groups and run a variety of sessions such as Beatbox, songwriting or run your school choir

Our singing leader for Lancashire, Emma Williams, can offer advice on developing singing in your school, from how to get started to building up choirs, and we can signpost pathways and progression routes. Email emma.williams@lancashire.gov.uk

Choirs and Groups

Choirs are a fantastic way of bringing young singers together and creating a real sense of community. The emotional, behavioural, social and psychological benefits of singing as a group are widely known and the Hub have a number of Group Singing Opportunities across the County for Lancashire’s Young Singers. Find your nearest opportunity on our Make Music page.

Training

Many teachers lack confidence when approaching leading vocal work in school – with leading the singing assembly very often feeling like drawing the short straw! 

We can work with non-music specialist staff, building their confidence and skills through practical, engaging and non- threatening training sessions with lots of ideas to take back to the classroom.

Cost: £100 p/h + £50 prep charge

 

Beatvox Workshops

Beatbox and Rap Workshops

Beatvox sessions are a great way to get children to engage with vocalisation, when they are more reluctant to get involved with singing. The four sessions also help to promote literacy skills, such as include poetic devices, for example, metaphors and similes; linguistic concepts such as phonetics, fricatives and plosives; and oratory skills, like delivery and confidence.

Charanga VIP Studio Sessions

An online music technology resource that helps teach music production and songwriting in schools

Chorley Big Sing

Started in 2019 The Chorley Big Sing is a partnership between Lancashire Music Hub and The Chorley Schools Sports Partnership.

Early Years Morning/Day Sessions and Programmes

An interactive workshop with this energetic and inspiring group of professional musicians with songs and activities specially designed for Early Years and Foundation Stage and KS1, linked to the Early Music Makers book.

Lancashire JYVE

A fantastic opportunity for young vocalists to develop new skills, exploring a wide range of jazz and soul inspired music alongside like minded young singers and under the leadership of professional vocalist and tutor, Debbie Jones.

LYVE (More Music)

Lancashire Youth Vocal Ensemble (LYVE)

An exciting opportunity for young vocalists and rappers to sing a creative fusion of musical styles

Lancaster and District Schools Singing Festival (LDSSF)

Established in 1948, the Lancaster and District Schools Singing Festival has been engaging young people in singing across Lancaster and Morecambe and across generations for over 70 years.

LMS Instrumental and Vocal Tuition

LMS Instrumental and Vocal Tuition

We offer your students the chance to learn woodwind, brass, strings, guitar, ukulele, singing, percussion, drums, keyboard and piano* with our experienced and inspiring teachers.

LMS Curriculum Delivery & School Ensembles

Our experienced team, all with Qualified Teacher Status, are specialists in delivering curriculum music in Primary, Secondary, Special and Short Stay Schools, which can be used to cover PPA time.

LMS Lazy Mondays

The Lazy Mondays are a real live band in your school hall, offering practical, creative workshops or interactive concerts. They are an energetic and inspiring group of professional musicians, who are also all experienced teachers with the Music Service. These workshops and concert are perfect for Arts Week, a school party, cross-curricular projects and also encouraging pupils to learn a musical instrument.

LMS One-off Singing Workshops

The benefits of regular singing in schools, both academic and social, are widely recognised. These one-off singing workshops are designed to inspire and encourage your pupils.

LMS Six-week Sing

A weekly, 1-hour visit from a specialist for 6 weeks to kick-start singing in your school, perhaps in the lead-up to a festival or school production. A fantastic experience for pupils but also a great way to give staff more confidence to lead singing. We can work with groups of any size and can either provide appropriate repertoire or work on material provided by your school.

LMS Training and Consultancy

Lancashire Music Service provide bespoke support, designed to meet the needs of your individual school and staff including developing a scheme of work, assessment, using classroom instruments and school singing.

Charanga Musical School

Charanga Primary Online Resources

Singing and Choirs Workshops

These workshops are great for helping classes or big groups come together in this feel-good activity. It’s perfect for developing literacy and can be linked to other areas of the curriculum.

Songwriting Workshops

These half-day to full day workshops are aimed at all types of classes.