Make More Music in Derby

Enhanced instrumental music learning opportunities for primary school pupils in Derby.
Derbyshire Music Education Hub

In November 2014 Derby City Council agreed to significantly enhance instrumental music teaching for Year 4 pupils in 19 Derby City mainstream primary phase schools with a level of free schools meals deprivation of 25% or above.

At the time, 13 of the target 19 schools had not committed to providing whole class instrumental teaching (Core Role 1 of the National Plan for Music Education). Derby City Council therefore allocated funding to enable the recruitment of a temporary project manager to launch and oversee the 'Make More Music in Derby' project for the calendar year 2015.

Funding will enable each targeted primary phase school to support whole class instrumental teaching for year 4 classes throughout 2015. In addition, City Council funding will also enable all Year 4 pupils in the targeted schools who experienced whole class ensemble teaching to progress to small group instrumental teaching at the end of the initial programme.

Whole Class Ensemble Teaching (WCET)

The National Plan for Music Education (November 2011) sets out the requirement for children to receive whole class instrumental ensemble tuition, ideally for a year. The Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership provides year-long Wider Opportunities programmes, as well as shorter WCET programmes to schools in Derby and Derbyshire. For more information, click a topic below.

30-week instrumental programmes of whole class instrumental teaching to KS2 pupils (aimed at Year 4 classes). Supporting schools to deliver Core Role 1 of the National Plan for Music Education.
10-week Whole Class Ensemble Teaching projects for KS2 classes. Supporting schools not signed up to Wider Opportunities to deliver Core Role 1 of The National Plan for Music Education.
"The National Plan for Music Education (NPME): The Importance of Music" sets out four core and three extension roles for the delivery of music education in the UK.