Music in the Classroom Programme

In partnership with Newham Music and Hackney Music Service, Music in the Classroom is a year-long hands-on programme for Primary teachers and pupils in East London, regardless of musical or teaching experience.

Teachers on the programme will receive:

• three creative projects (one per term) including visits to your school from course leader Rachel Leach and LSO musicians
• a series of project training and support sessions throughout the year
• free places to CPD workshop days for staff and teachers from your school
• tickets for your class to attend an LSO Discovery Key Stage 2 Schools Concert at the Barbican Centre, featuring the full LSO

“Before you [the LSO] came to our school I was not interested in music. Now after working with you I am learning to play the flute.” Redbridge Primary School student


Music in the Classroom gives students access to world-class musicians in an engaging and unconventional way, providing opportunities to experience high-quality live music-making and a ‘way in’ to western classical music. Using instruments available in school, students will work collaboratively to create group compositions, develop musical skills, build confidence in creative decision making, learn to explore musical ideas, and listen to themselves and others.

Who is it for?

Music in the Classroom is open to Primary schools in East London (in the boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Greenwich, Hackney, Havering, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest) and is targeted at Key Stage 2 teachers and students. We are unable to offer places to independent schools.

Benefits to the School

• Provide a positive and lasting impact on musical engagement across the school
• Provide a legacy for music and lasting positive impact on other students throughout the school by equipping workforce with skills to continue to deliver creative musical activity
• Through teachers’ involvement in Music in the Classroom, they will develop wider leadership skills including coordination of internal logistics and liaison with external artists and organisations
• More teachers across the school can attend Teacher CPD Creative Days at LSO St Luke’s for free
• Music in the Classroom activities could be used towards accredited qualifications eg. Arts Mark, Arts Award, CME



• Each project creates opportunities for students to compose and perform music as a class alongside LSO musicians.

• Build confidence to deliver the music curriculum in class in a fun, creative and engaging way.

• Access to professional musicians and high-quality live musical experiences, listening with attention to detail and a developed level of musical understanding

• Learn instantly useable musical games, warm-ups and strategies to teach music in a hands-on way.

• Build confidence in creative decision making through the process of composing music, developing musical skills and understanding

• Develop creative leadership skills to deliver music activities, and develop your own musical knowledge, understanding and skills
• Break down barriers for young people to access western classical music through creative engagement

• Develop skills in managing and working with visiting professionals (both practically as co-deliver and coordinator)

Creative Projects

• Schools will take part in one creative project per term
• Each project will explore a different piece of classical music, and culminates in a visit from an LSO Animateur and LSO musicians. A project resource pack is provided for each project
• one teacher will attend a series of project training and support sessions throughout the year which will support project delivery in school, and build that teacher's skills and confidence in delivering a creative and musical curriculum
• Intensive musical engagement through the year for the involved teacher’s class. Alternatively, the teacher could work with a different class for each project, impacting three classes across the year. Teachers could also shadow the project in multiple classes across the school each term


   ‘‘... I feel more able to communicate musically with a class and lead them to their own music making’’ - Greenwich Primary teacher    

A school visit involves:
• LSO Animateur Rachel Leach and LSO musicians visiting your school                    
• each visit will last one whole morning or afternoon (lasting c.2 hours) 
• LSO musicians will work with one class of 30 Key Stage 2 students in each visit*                
*Visits will end in an informal performance of the piece you have made to
one other class in school                                                                   

Project training and support sessions for teachers:
• six training sessions per term (selected Wednesdays, 4.30-7pm)
• each training session will be led by LSO Animateur Rachel Leach,
specialist tutors from partner Music Services and LSO musicians

Schools Concert and Sharing

The culmination of your school's involvement in the year-long Music in the Classroom programme will be to bring one class to the LSO Discovery Key Stage 2 Schools concert at the Barbican. Presented by LSO Animateur Rachel Leach, who will have worked closely with teachers and students across the year, students will experience the powerful sound of a live symphony orchestra. They will see the LSO musicians on stage that have previously visited their school, and hear the music behind their own composition work in class. 

You and your class will also be invited to attend a sharing session with other participating schools at the end of the year, giving students and teachers the opportunity to share what they’ve created, allowing participating teachers to see the results of their colleagues’ work.

“The fact that the course lasted a year enabled us to plan three projects and so progress in our own learning. I feel so much more confident teaching music now, and I have been teaching for centuries!” - Waltham Forest primary teacher

Venues (for project training & support sessions):

Autumn term: Colegrave Primary School, Henniker Road, Stratford, E15 1JY
Spring term: London Fields Primary School, Westgate Street, Hackney, E8 3RL
Summer term: Hackney or Newham venue tbc
(and/or rotating around participating schools)


Cost to school: £900 for year-long programme
Programme cost per school to LSO before income from school:
*Figure assumes 15 teachers taking part. Details available on request

Further Information and How to Apply

Please download the below documents for further information regarding the programme, and to complete the registration form:

- Music in the Classroom 2016-17 Detailed Information and Registration
- LSO On Track Music in the Classroom (year long) 2016-17 Content Summary 
- Example LSO Teacher Resource Pack (Autumn 2013)

Please complete the registration form and return to the LSO as soon as possible, and no later than Friday 9 September 2016.

Places are limited and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. A number of places are reserved for teachers from Hackney and Newham, after which teachers from other eligible east London boroughs will be accepted.

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Detailed info & Registration Form
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Programme Content Summary

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Example Resource Pack 

If you're interested in applying for a place, or would like more information about the Music in the Classroom Programme, please contact: David Nunn, LSO Discovery LSO On Track Projects Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 020 7382 2538.





Music in the Classroom