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Music for Schools 2018

Inspirational opportunities to make, enjoy and appreciate classical music.
Booking opens on Monday 12 March at 8am

1. Workshops In Schools June 2018

One hour, KS2, 30 pupils, £30/workshop

Percussion with G-Mizz

Have fun and learn something new at the same time with G-Mizz percussion duo Miriam Kitchener and George Kirkham. Find out all about rhythm, tempo and pulse; improve your listening skills; and perform as a group in one of their fun-filled and educational workshops.

Workshops will last an hour, and instruments will be provided for every participant.


Musication with Nick and Ben

Explore dynamics, rhythm and melody in this creative music-making workshop with inspirational young music educators saxophonist Nick Brown and tuba player Ben Jones. Get under the skin of iconic music from Star Wars to The Jungle Book, and find out what makes them such stand-out pieces.
Workshops will last an hour. Expect to be moving and grooving!

These two workshops are most suitable for KS2 pupils. If you are interested in a 15-minute live music experience for younger pupils, you can indicate this on the booking form.

Workshops in Schools Booking Form


2. Why not take a trip out of school?

Gamelan workshops at Gloucestershire Academy of Music, summer term, £30/workshop

We are delighted that we now have five newly-trained gamelan tutors ready to teach your pupils how to play these fantastic tuned percussion instruments from Indonesia.
Whilst learning to play a traditional piece of Javanese music, your pupils will also develop their understanding and awareness of pitch, tempo and rhythm; improve their listening skills; and learn about a different culture.

These workshops are fully accessible and suitable for pupils in KS2 and above, including SEND. Travel subsidies are available for schools with high levels of pupil premium.

Find out more about Gamelan here.

The children who find concentrating difficult remained focused and on task all session. Those who have had some musical experience were all stretched and were engrossed in the music.

Teacher, Greatfield Park Primary

In partnership with Gloucestershire Academy of Music

Gamelan Workshops Booking Form


3. Bring your pupils to the Festival in July

Concert for Schools and Music Explorers (KS2)

Friday 6 July
Concert: 10.30 – 11.30am
Music Explorers: 11.45am and 12.45pm
Only £1 per pupil!

For a dynamic and interactive introduction to live music, followed by hands-on access to orchestral instruments, this is your one-stop shop.

The lively and interactive concert will be planned and presented by young musicians from our Musicate programme. The stage will be full of dynamic performers playing fabulous music, and your pupils are certain to be inspired, thrilled and amazed. Look out for musicians in unexpected places, listen out for key musical elements, and get stuck into some audience participation!

After the Concert you can get your hands on a variety of musical instruments in the Music Explorer sessions, led by some of the musicians you saw in the concert.

Concert for Schools and Music Explorers Booking Form


4. Musicate 2018-19

Year-round outreach programme for primary schools
Numeracy? No problem! Literacy? Bring it on! Music? No thanks!

Are you anxious about planning and teaching music? Do you wish you had more time for music in class? Would you like to increase the profile and enjoyment of music in your school? Then you need to sign up for Musicate.

Musicate is an outreach programme for primary school teachers, devised and produced by Cheltenham Festivals. The project offers bespoke CPD sessions along with the support and input of a conservatoire musician linked to each school. You will develop skills and confidence, and you and your pupils will learn to appreciate and enjoy a broad range of music through creative music-making. Musicate is fully-funded, so the costs for schools are minimal.

Look out for more information on our website and in your inbox after the Easter holidays. Applications open 23 April.
Visit our Musicate page.

Thank you for a wonderful Musicate year. My confidence to teach music has grown so much over the past year.

Teacher, St Thomas More Primary School 2017


With thanks to all the supporters of Music for Schools 2017


Supported by funding from Make Music Gloucestershire, the county’s music education hub

Colwinston Charitable Trust
The John Armitage Charitable Trust
The Reed Foundation
The Sedbury Trust

We would also like to thank all of our generous individual supporters, including the 70th Festival Appeal Donors.