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​​Singing Strategy
 
Singing can improve pupils’ learning, confidence, health and social development.
It has the power to change lives and build stronger communities. This is why we are asking hubs to develop singing strategies, in and beyond schools, to ensure that every child sings regularly and that choirs are available. Such strategies will widen singing opportunities for all pupils, drive up quality and give routes for progression such as access to chorister programmes, area/county choirs and the National Youth Choir.” National Plan for Music, DFE
 
Each Music Hub across the country has written a Singing Strategy to enable the guidance published in the National Plan for Music to be implemented. Somerset Music are delighted to be the Lead Partner for the Singing Strategy for Somerset, on behalf of Sound Foundation Somerset, the Music Hub for the county. We will be working in partnership with Jackdaws to organise and coordinate the implementation of the Singing Strategy as decided by Sound Foundation Somerset.
 
The Singing Strategy aim for the academic year 2017-18 is to build on the singing experiences of the previous two years of leading on the Strategy and to enable both teachers and pupils to progress in their use of singing within schools and abilities/opportunities respectively.
 
We are working in partnership with Sing Up to offer a subsidised annual membership to this well-established and comprehensive online vocal resource which has 600+ songs in its song bank as well as many useful teaching aides.
 
A free CPD session/workshop, the focus dependent on Key Stage, is available for all schools and there is an opportunity to buy additional hours of tuition for both Key Stages 1 & 2. Packages are also available for secondary and special schools - please contact Somerset Music on 01823 348262 for further information.
 
"Thank you so much for the free CPD session today.  It was fantastic! I've got lots more ideas and am happy to use SIng Up as a resource. I'm looking forward to getting our choir started!"
 
A series of Singing Festivals took place in July 2017 and these will be repeated in 2018 offering schools the opportunity to showcase their vocal talent and be involved in massed singing.
 
In addition, further vocal pathways are available for students through the County Youth Choir and County Show Choir. The choirs are open to 11-21 year olds and meet on a termly basis. Further information is available from SAlsop@somerset.gov.uk
 
The Somerset Teachers Rock Choir provides colleagues with the opportunity to experience choir-based rock, gospel, soul and more with like-minded colleagues through a twilight session held in Taunton. Come along and learn new skills to lead contemporary singing in the classroom and inspire staff in your school.
 
This continues to be an exciting time for singing within the county to raise the profile of vocal work and set a foundation for further work to be built on.
 
 
Singing Festivals - Summer 2017
 
Singing Festivals were held in Sedgemoor, Taunton, Mendip and West Somerset during July giving pupils from over 30 schools the opportunity to perform in front of an audience of family and friends. Each event ended with all the schools joining together to present a massed choral piece which was greatly enjoyed by both the choirs and the audience.
 
Each Festival Festival is led by one of our Singing Leaders who very often has worked with the schools involved at some point during the year so it is wonderful for them to see the results of all their hard work and to see how much the children enjoy taking part.
 
If you would like to take part in the 2018 series of Singing Festivals please contact Somerset Music to register your interest.


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Sons of Pitches Workshop - March 2017


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West Buckland & St John's School - Spring Concert
 
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Wellington Singing Festival July 2016
 
 

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