Teaching in Schools

Instrumental and Vocal Teaching

Most schools offer the opportunity to have instrumental and vocal lessons for pupils as part of the school day.  It is convenient, inclusive and allows children to progress with their musical learning as part of school life.

High quality is at the heart of everything we do, and our professional teachers are amongst the best in the region and across the country.  Staffordshire has a long history of quality music-making and our pupils continue to achieve the highest standards of performance.

Opportunities are available for students on a wide range of instruments, including:


  • Strings: (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass)
  • Brass: (Cornet, Trumpet, Trombone, Horn, Baritone, Euphonium, Tuba)
  • Woodwind: (Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone, Bassoon)
  • Percussion: (Drum Kit, Orchestral)
  • Piano, Keyboard, Guitar, Ukulele, Singing and Music Theory
  • Instruments are provided at no additional charge in support of Music Service teaching
  • The service arranges visits and performances to help schools recruit new pupils for lessons


Pupils learn through a broad and vibrant curriculum with regular assessments which are undertaken to inform reporting to parents. Opportunities are available to take external music exams such as through the ABRSM, London College, Rock School and Trinity.

The service approach is that partnership with the school is key to ensuring all children who wish to are able to take up elective, co-curricular, music lessons.  For this reason, provision for primary schools is billed to the school and some choose to then pass a proportion of the cost on to the parents.  The school can devise a charging policy and approach that best suits their demographic.

Most high school provision is also billed to the school but, in some settings, parents are billed for lessons directly and the school provides additional financial support (e.g. for exam pupils or for families with lower income).

School leaders and music teachers can contact the service to assess the best approach for the school setting to starting music lessons.

Whole Class Ensemble Teaching (WCET)

A key component of the National Plan for Music Education and the recently published Model Music Curriculum, the WCET programme provides a vibrant foundation of music-making and equips pupils with the vital skills, knowledge and understanding that will enable them to make good progress with instrumental and vocal learning in future years.

Participating schools receive a weekly session for a class of children and the choice of instruments for the programme includes strings, brass, woodwind, percussion, guitar, and ukulele.  Schools can decide which of these choices best suits their needs, pupil interests, educational outcomes and /or budget.

As WCET is a curriculum time provision, schools do not pass this cost on to parents meaning all children are able to access the same provision regardless of their background or circumstance.  The service encourages schools and families to work with us to encourage children to continue with their learning in instrumental and vocal lessons.

Specialist Music Curriculum Teaching

The music service provides experienced music teachers to deliver the full or part of the music curriculum in many schools throughout Staffordshire.

Delivered by experienced teachers, specialist music curriculum teaching covers the requirements of the National Curriculum, including creative, practical, performing, composing and listening activities to meet the individual needs of pupils.  Support for creative curriculum development can be included, as can preparation for performances. Although designed as a 36-week programme, curriculum teaching can be flexibly negotiated to meet the needs and budgets of schools.  This service is fully inclusive of preparation, planning, travelling, delivery, assessment, cover (where possible), and reporting.

Using a curriculum music teacher can help to:


  • shape the music provision in your school and embed it into your curriculum
  • give ‘on hand’, expert music advice to shape the potential in your pupils
  • get the most from your existing instruments and resources
  • provide CPD to other members of your team
  • bring your school and pupils on board with the wider opportunities available through the music service

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