Singing

We support and promote opportunities for all children and young people sing regularly – in school, out of school, in choirs and groups, at workshops and festivals and in a wide range of styles!

Project One Dot – singing and composition CPD programme for primary school teachers

Register your interest now

Wiltshire Music Connect is delighted to be working in partnership with Friday Afternoons* to be the first music education hub to offer Project One Dot – a singing and composition CPD programme for primary school teachers, including teachers who are not music specialists.

This programme is being offered free of charge to Wiltshire primary schools, supported by Fridays Afternoons and Wiltshire Music Connect. In return, teachers make a commitment to attend ALL the CPD sessions and provide feedback and evaluation regarding impact on singing, listening, and composition in their schools.

 What is Project One Dot?

The programme consists of four CPD sessions plus a summer celebration event and uses four seasonal songs from the Friday Afternoons free song bank. The first session is a half day, followed by 3 x 2.5 hours twilight sessions, and finally a morning celebration event.

Participating schools come away with the four new songs, original arrangements and songs composed by their own pupils, a supporting work book, and a range of resources, activities and approaches to singing, listening, appraising and composing, linked to the KS2 national curriculum for music

Are you interested?

The programme is currently being successfully piloted with five schools in the south of the county, and feedback is so positive that we aim to offer the programme again, starting Autumn 2019.

If you would like more information, with a view to taking part please complete the register of interest form by clicking this link:

I am interested in taking part in Project One Dot teacher CPD

 

 


More information about our support for singing:

  • A project fund, to encourage start-up and development of choirs and singing projects

  • Free CPD events and a CPD Bursary to help singing leaders develop their skills

  • 100% Bursary scheme for the Certificate for Music Educators (CME) with Wren Music (current places for 2017/18 study have been filled)

  • Please get in touch with us if you are interested in a Singing Leader visit for your school – for INSET sessions or to work with your pupils

  • Please get in touch  with us if you are a singing / choir leader in Wiltshire and interested in joining us as an Associate

  • WILTSHIRE VOICES is a new county choirs projects for 12-18 year olds managed by Pound Arts. Launched in October 2018 the choir meets on Mondays in Corsham and Trowbridge, and Tuesdays in Salisbury and Burbage. contact choirs@poundarts.org.uk for information about how to join.

    We know that singing is important for very young children – it helps make sense of the world, and supports phonics and literacy development.

    Older young people tell us singing makes them feel good. Singing can have the same effect as physical exercise – it releases endorphins, making you feel good, reducing stress, getting more oxygen into the blood, for better circulation and a good mood!

    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

    We work with schools, singing teachers, project managers, and partner organisations to encourage and promote singing across the county – from rap to opera, and from nursery rhymes to beatboxing.

    Our county strategy for Wiltshire includes encouraging all schools to have regular singing – in choirs, assemblies and across the wider curriculum, and getting more boys singing at secondary school age.

     

 

 

Friday Afternoons FREE Song Bank and resources

The Song Bank houses all of the Friday Afternoons songs alongside the many resources available. Log In or Register to access these. Please note, the Level indicator is a guideline – if you aren’t sure which songs to sing with your group, simply get in touch with Friday Afternoons.

The resources available in the Song Bank can also be used to help you deliver Arts Award. Visit the Friday Afternoons Arts Award page to find out more and receive an exclusive Friday Afternoons discount.

More information here