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Music Excellence London is a dynamic network of the capital’s music education professionals.

Music Excellence London is a dynamic network of classroom music teachers, music education hubs, cultural organisations, and the wider music education community which supports excellent musical teaching and learning at Key Stage 3 in London schools.

Music Excellence London combines the Peer to Peer and Teach Through Music LSEF programmes, creating a single London-wide offer that includes online resources, an active social media community, webinars, networking events and peer-to-peer support.

Music training workshops

Music Excellence London will tackle the isolation often faced by classroom music teachers. Our goal is to make it easier for music teachers to communicate with each other so that they can drive their own professional development.

We will create resources to support continuing professional development (CPD), and our cohort of Associate Partners will share a range of cultural learning opportunities including workshops, concerts and artist visits. A series of webinars, TeachMeets and Inspire Events (one-off full-day conferences) will address burning issues for KS3 music, as identified by teachers.

Teaching Resources
Teaching Resources

I now feel much more confident when encouraging students to participate in whole class music making as well as working with ensemble groups.

Key Stage 3 Music Teacher

MEL will build on the key learning from Peer to Peer and Teach Through Music by:


Tackling isolation

Combating the isolation often faced by classroom music teachers.


Pupil improvement

Helping teachers to improve pupils’ confidence, engagement and outcomes in music.


Listening to you

Working with teachers to help them find their own solutions.


Professional development

Providing music-specific CPD and networking events.

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Join Music Excellence London to get the latest music education news, special offers from our Associate Partners and gain access to our exclusive face-to-face events and webinars.

Key Partners

Mayor of London

The Mayor’s office plays an important role in celebrating and supporting teaching excellence across the capital.

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Sound Connections

We believe every child and young person in London should have the opportunity to experience music-making. Over the last ten years, Sound Connections has worked in partnership to strengthen the music sector, bridge gaps in provision and deliver landmark music programmes.

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Trinity Laban

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is the UK’s only conservatoire of music and contemporary dance. Our programmes offer learning opportunities to young people led by inspiring students and leading professional musicians and include composition projects, workshops and special lunchtime concerts for schools.

Visit the Schools & Teachers and Music Professionals sections on the website for more information on current activity, and subscribe to be kept up to date with all upcoming projects and events.

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Music Mark

Music Mark is a national subject association for music education, working to influence government, support music educators and connect them to each other.

Music Mark’s members are leaders of music education and, collectively, a national network of organisations and individuals providing high-quality music education for all children and young people.

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University of Greenwich

The University of Greenwich helps students achieve academic excellence in a diverse range of disciplines though quality teaching and excellent faculties.

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Barbican Guildhall

The Barbican exists to inspire people to discover and love the arts. We innovate with outstanding artists and performers to create an international programme that crosses art forms, investing in the artists of today and tomorrow.

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Associate Partners

A New Direction

A New Direction (AND) is London’s leader in cultural education, connecting children, young people and education with the best of arts and culture. AND offer a range of opportunities for London schools to network, share good practice, meet arts and cultural organisations, and get information and resources. They also support London schools to apply for Artsmark.

– AND’s education conference, The Creative Childhood conference, is now open for booking for teachers

– AND has a programme of Artsmark support

Training opportunities and support is offered to Arts Award advisers

Subscribe via the AND website to the termly e-newsletter, ‘Schools AND Culture’

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ABRSM is the UK’s largest music education body, one of its largest music publishers and the world’s leading provider of music exams, offering assessments to more than 630,000 candidates in 93 countries every year.

ABRSM’s mission is to inspire achievement in music. In partnership with the Royal Schools of Music, we support high-quality music-making and learning around the world. We offer pathways and resources for learners and teachers that help build musical skills, provide goals and encourage progress.


Teaching music theory or composition?

Melody Writer‘ is a great tool to encourage your students as they practise writing melodies. It provides constructive feedback and supporting materials to improve their knowledge of musical notation and theory.

Perfect for classroom environments, students can write melodies from scratch or work using sample Grade 5 Music Theory exam questions.


Listening to GCSE music tracks?

Speedshifter‘ can help by changing the speed of any track, looping sections of a recording or transposing tracks instantly.

It’s free to use as a desktop application for Windows and Mac computers, or you can download it as an app on iOS and Android phones and tablets.

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CM Sounds

CM is a youth and community music organisation that provides creative music-making opportunities for people of all backgrounds.

Academy Juniors offers free instrument and vocal tuition for beginners aged 8-12, who live or study in Tower Hamlets

Music Space Academy offers free instrument and vocal tuition for beginners and intermediates aged 13-19, who live or study in Tower Hamlets. Alternatively, sessions are held at professional production studios to allow young people to produce their own beats and tracks.

– The Creative Music Workshop Skills is a 10-week CPD course and an in-depth introduction to Search and Reflect – a series of performance and workshop pieces written by the late jazz musician and music educator, John Stevens.

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English Folk Dance & Song Society

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is the national folk arts development organisation for England. They aim to champion the English traditional arts – music, song, dance, storytelling, customs and traditions – as part of the rich and diverse cultural landscape of the UK.

– The Resource Bank provides a wide range of material to help bring folk arts alive in the classroom.

– Deliver creative learning projects with schools, music education hubs and other cultural organisations.

Professional Development opportunities include Folk Educators Group, INSET sessions in schools; training workshops, events and courses, conferences and seminars.

London Youth Folk Ensemble and Get Your Folk On! holiday courses offer young people out-of-school specialist music-making.

– The new National Youth Folk Ensemble offers a progression route for excellent young folk musicians.

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Friday Afternoons

Inspired by Benjamin Britten, Friday Afternoons is an initiative created by Aldeburgh Music to open up a world of singing for children and young people. Every year, Aldeburgh music commission a new set of songs for young people’s voices, and these are all made available for free as part of the Friday Afternoons Song Bank.

For each of the songs, Friday Afternoons provide downloads of sheet music, backing tracks performance tracks, access to Charanga’s award-winning interactive digital resources, signed videos and Braille scores. This is a perfect source of information and inspiration for teachers, and creative use of the songs both in lessons and performance is encouraged.

On the website you will find:

– the Song Bank, housing a varied collection of over 40 songs and resources

– the Showcase section, allowing you to upload and share your performances of the repertoire

– the Who’s Involved Section, where you can view all of the people who have been involved with the project since it began in 2013 and add your own Pin to the map.

Friday Afternoons are happening all over the UK, visit the website to access the free resources and join our world of song!

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Horniman Museum & Gardens

The Horniman Museum and Gardens has an internationally-renowned collection of musical instruments, and offers frequent music events, courses and workshops for adults and schools.

– The Music Gallery offers an exhibition of a wide range of instruments from around the world, making up the largest number of display in the UK. Interactive sound tables offer the chance to listen to the sounds of each instrument, and the Hands On Space allows the chance to make music of your own.

– Our free Horniman Teacher Taster Evenings, find out more here.

– A range of free music events are available to attend, from world music performances to community concerts.

– Come and sing songs from jazz to gospel with our Raise the Roof choir, with songs from cultures across the world. We welcome everyone – with the chance to perform in a concert at the Horniman at the end of term!

Music Matters, led by expert tutors, explores different types of classical music and share your passion for music with our group.

– Our World Music and Gamelan workshops available for KS3, and a new Sensory SEN Session ‘A Musical Adventure’ for all year groups available at a reduced rate during term time. Bursaries are available for schools who haven’t visited in the last two years.

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Incorporated Society of Musicians

The ISM Trust – the ISM’s new charitable arm – was created in 2015 with the clear purpose to ensure that we live in a society that values and supports the power of music and music education.

We offer invaluable support, guidance, knowledge and encouragement to musicians and the greater music community in order that music continues to be a strong and developing force within our society. We do this through advice and guidance documents, events and professional development, shaping our programme according to the feedback we get from musicians and music lovers alike.

We promote the value of music to society through research papers and information, which will continue to show the unique benefits that music brings to our world, be it economic, educational or in terms of health and wellbeing.

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London Philharmonic Orchestra

The London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Education and Community programme works with schools, young people, families and young professionals. All work in school is designed to complement and extend existing musical provision in school and in the borough, and to reflect and illuminate areas of the relevant National Curriculum.

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London Sinfonietta

The London Sinfonietta’s mission is to place the best contemporary classical music at the heart of today’s culture; engaging and challenging the public through inspiring performances of the highest standard, and taking risks to develop new work and talent.

London Sinfonietta Schools Concerts are designed to introduce a new generation to new music played by the UK’s leading contemporary classical ensemble

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London Symphony Orchestra Discovery

LSO Discovery is the London Symphony Orchestra’s community and music education programme, which reaches over 60,000 people every year. LSO Discovery runs a number of practical workshops at LSO St Luke’s for all KS3 classes, including:

Balinese Gamelan Workshops: hands-on ensemble workshops with Indonesian gongs and percussion. These workshops can also be combined with Remix the Orchestra workshops

Remix the Orchestra: the class uses recorded samples from the LSO Live catalogue to create a new composition using music technology software. The focus is on listening and arrangement. Suitable for Key Stage 2 through to A-Level

LSO Play: an innovative, web-based platform, which allows users to immerse themselves in the Orchestra in concert

LSO On Track: a partnership of Music Education Hubs with the LSO, creating high-quality learning and performance opportunities for young people in east London.

Secondary Schools Events for 2016/17 are soon to be announced

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Musical Futures

Musical Futures is a non-profit organisation working with teachers to keep music alive in our schools and to nurture the creative talent of tomorrow.

Our approach to teaching and learning is based on the real-world practices of popular and community musicians, making it relevant and engaging for kids.

We provide training, resources and an international community of practice to help teachers provide accessible music-making in their schools.

Musical Futures is a series of models and approaches that can be personalised by teachers and schools to meet their needs and those of their students.

Current offers:

– Get a 10% discount* on our Music Learning Revolution 2016 – a professional development conference for anyone working in music education – by entering the code 10PISC when booking

– 20% discount for group bookings of 2+

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Serious Events

Serious aims to inspire and innovate with everything it does. Artists and creative process are at the heart of every project: audiences, sponsors and partners find that their aspirations are matched and often exceeded.

Serious’ year round Learning & Participation programme brings professional artists and the wider community together, providing inspiration through music for everyone involved.

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Sound and Music

Sound and Music is the national charity for new music. Our vision is to create a world where new music and sound prospers, transforming lives, challenging expectations and celebrating the work of its creators. Our work includes composer and artist support and development, partnerships with a range of organisations, live events and audience development, touring, information and advice, network building, and education. Sound and Music’s support for young composers and their educators at KS3 includes:

Listen Imagine Compose: An in-depth CPD programme that explores creative and pedagogic strategies around composing whilst encouraging teachers to develop their practice through action research in the classroom. Run as a Short Course for Teach Through Music, it is now available as a fully-accredited course leading to an MA in Teaching and Learning. Courses will be delivered locally according to demand and accredited by Birmingham City University.

Summer School for Young Composers: An intensive week-long residential for young composers aged 14-18 with opportunities to explore and create new pieces of music in a range of genres under the guidance of a team of professional composers and players.

New Music Stage: A collaboration with Music for Youth that aims to showcase music created and performed by young musicians. at the National Festival in July.

Go Compose: Sound and Music collaborates with Music Education Hubs, venues and other partners to create local opportunities for young composers.

For more information, including how you can work with Sound and Music, contact Judith Robinson, Creative Project Leader.

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Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre is a world-famous arts centre on the South Bank of the Thames. Created in 1951 for the Festival of Britain, Southbank Centre draws on its heritage as a festival site, with art and activities inside and outside. Southbank Centre passionately believes that the arts have the power to transform lives, and that the arts must be available to all of us. Running a packed programme of participatory events and projects to engage and inspire children, families, young people and adults from all backgrounds, we welcome everyone to our site and have a number of community and youth organisations in residence.

We recognise that one key way for children to access the arts is through their school, and so welcome primary and secondary schools to our site in a variety of ways:

– Bookable workshops for schools to try something new, such as our Gamelan Workshops

– Special events within our festivals programme

– Ambitious projects developed with schools linked to our artistic programme which give children and young people a new insight into the arts, encourage them to consider career pathways in the arts, or give them a unique opportunity to perform at Southbank Centre.

We know teachers play a very important role in giving children and young people access to the arts. For this reason we also provide professional development opportunities for teachers, and run regular Teachers’ Evenings throughout the year. Keep in the loop via the Schools Area and sign up to the Schools Mailing List for updates.

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Trinity College London

Trinity College London is an international exam board with a rich heritage of academic rigour and a positive, supportive approach to assessment. We provide recognised and respected qualifications across a unique spectrum of communicative skills at all levels.

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Wigmore Hall

Wigmore Hall’s renowned Learning programme engages a broad and diverse audience through innovative creative projects, concerts, events and online resources. It inspires new connections between people and music and builds connections between people through music.

– The Partner Schools Programme is a new approach to working with schools; in partnership with our four partner music hubs we are working alongside four primary schools for three school years, beginning in autumn 2015, who are keen to develop their cultural offer, empowering them to co-create a programme of opportunities which meets their needs and supporting them to place music at the heart of their ethos and creating culturally engaged, proactive schools.

Opportunities to share practice across the schools’ ‘clusters’ and the wider boroughs is central to the programme, benefitting a greater number of teachers and pupils, fostering new relationships between cultural organisations, music hubs and schools and providing a new model for working together. Learning points will be disseminated across the sector, inspiring more schools to take a lead in strategically designing their own cultural education programme, drawing on the support of music hubs and cultural organisations. The Partner Schools Programme will allow us to act as a catalyst, empowering schools to create their own strategic and sustainable cultural offer.


Chamber Zone for Schools offers young people aged 8-25 free tickets to selected concerts. School groups also receive a free in-school workshop devised to complement the individual concert programme.

Wigmore Hall Young Producers is a project which offers young people the opportunity to programme, budget, promote and present a concert on the Wigmore Hall stage, and put this work towards their Silver Arts Award portfolio.

– Schools Concerts at Wigmore Hall are a fun, interactive learning experience, targeted at specific Key Stage groups and linked in with topics in the National Curriculum.

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