Supporting and promoting opportunities for children and young people to sing.
We work with schools, singing teachers, project managers, and partner organisations to encourage and promote singing across the county – in school, out of school, in choirs and groups and in a wide range of styles.
Please see below for links to resources to support singing:
contact us if you have singing news, resources, requests or opportunities to share
Resources and singing opportunities:
Charanga Musical School is an award-winning, modern-day resource for primary schools providing a complete scheme to teach the national curriculum for music. It includes a growing library of songs, topics, instrument courses, and creative apps as well as support for assessment, SEND and personalised teaching and learning. Through our partnership with Charnaga Wiltshire schools can use a special discount by logging into their Right Choice account and visiting the store.
Opera singing in primary schools – we have so far commissioned professional opera soprano Lynsey Docherty and her education team to visit 22 primary schools across the county. Having a team of professional opera singers coming in to school for a day and challenging children and teachers to sing Italian and French opera has been a moving and inspiring experience for whole schools.
Click here to see a short film which shows the magic that happened when the opera singers visited St Nicholas C of E Primary School in Porton!
“I really like opera because my arm’s hair was all standing up!“
Free school singing leader visit for Wiltshire schools – there are a limited number of opportunities for schools to book a 100% subsidised school visit between now and the end of the academic year from one of the Wiltshire Music Connect Associate music leaders who specialise in singing. The visit could be online, depending on nature of the request and any current restrictions which may be in place. Request a visit here
Wiltshire Youth Choirs for more information about Wiltshire Youth Choir and the Soundabout Youth Choir click here
“Together” is a new song specially commissioned during by Wiltshire Music Connect for children in Wiltshire. You can find all the resources to learn the song, write your own lyrics or play along here.
Phonics and singing resource – it is well documented that musical activity can help to promote many aspects of literacy learning, and many teachers use songs, rhymes and actions to support their phonics teaching. Download our Why Music and Phonics? resource for primary school teachers and head teachers here
The linked phonics and singing mini 2 minute teacher tips videos are here:
Free online singing lessons for primary schools – thank you to Wiltshire Music Connect Associate Kate Courage who is an experienced singing tutor with a personal commitment to supporting children to sing. During lockdown she produced weekly singing lessons for EY/ Key Stage 1, and Key Stage 2 that can be streamed from her youtube channel here – and for updates on new sessions follow her facebook page
Out of the Ark primary school singing resources subsidy – we can offer you a £20 discount on Out of the Ark songbooks which start at £22. More information here
Friday Afternoons music has a free resource library of songs with backing tracks specially commissioned for children, plus top tips for digital singing sessions here
BBC Bring the Noise website has a range of classroom resources and teacher guides including Gareth Malone’s teacher tips here
Singing can improve pupils’ learning, confidence, health and social development – and it has the power change lives and build stronger communities
Darren Henley, National Plan for Music Education