Why choose One Education for Music
One Education can support schools and academies in a wide range of ways, from providing high-quality music lessons and whole school singing, to delivering bespoke enrichment projects and creative curriculum inspiration.
We also offer exciting opportunities for students to perform in schools, academies and at prestigious venues. Out-of-school music activities for children take place at our Music Centres.
All our musicians have a passion for teaching music and inspiring children.
Polkadots really helped improve my son’s confidence. He was a shy five year old and the small class size and positive atmosphere really helped him to come out of his shell and begin to socialise with other children more.
It was an excellent experience and opportunity for the children, as always. Many of them had not been to the Bridgewater Hall before. A big thank you from staff and children at St Andrew’s. It was a fantastic morning.
How to be an effective Music Co-ordinator. 10/10! One of the most useful training courses I have been on.
Blackley Music Centre
The culture and environment at the music centre is really good. I feel welcome too. My children have a chance to play their instruments with other children, progress their skills and meet like minded friends out of school.
The Blackley Music Centre is open on a Thursday evening and is based at The Co-operative Academy of Manchester. This friendly and lively centre caters for children aged 3 – 18 and offers a variety of ensemble opportunities from Samba and Ceilidh to Wind Band and Brass group. It also offers the opportunity to join the outstanding Blackley Centre Stage Band (BCSB) and Manchester Youth Wind Orchestra (MYWO).
Centre Leaders: Isobel Wren and John Rudden
Chorlton Music Centre
There are LOTS OF OPTIONS FOR NOW AND THE FUTURE WHATEVER MY SONS TALENT- he gets to interact with a wide age range of children, not from his school and sees lots of other styles of playing, lots of other instruments and a range of tutors. The older kids provide positive role models which is something he just wouldn’t get elsewhere. The end of term concerts provide a focus and something he can take pride in. I’m a big fan of the music centres as you can see. They really offer huge benefits to families.
Chorlton Music Centre is a vibrant and busy place with activities and tuition for all ages and abilities. There are Polkadots music-making clubs and suzuki violin for the very young and wind, brass, strings, guitar and piano tuition for everyone who is 5 or older.
We have ensembles from beginner to advanced levels, an inclusive music making group and a full orchestra which anyone is welcome to join. Whether you have tuition at home, school or just want to play your instrument, come along and play. Everyone is welcome to join us at Chorlton Music Centre.
Centre Leaders: Branwen Dale and Liz Cheetham
Didsbury Music Centre
I do think the opportunity to make music to a high standard as part of a group is invaluable. This would not always be available at school. Playing with other children in a positive social group gives her a great motivation to keep on with lessons and actually want to practise.
A small friendly music centre based at Beaver Road Primary School in Didsbury. The centre is home to the South Manchester Ceili Band who rehearse from 4.15 - 5.45pm every Thursday. The band is open to anyone who plays, or learns, the violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, ukulele, flute, tin whistle, piano or drums. We play an exciting, fun, varied repertoire of folk tunes from around the world and provide parts to suit players of all standards. We perform regularly throughout the year including trips to the RNCM and Chorlton Irish Club.
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Irish Music Centre
Playing in an ensemble is a great way to build confidence in your own ability. The staff at the centre are specialised in their genre and this comes across in the way they prepare the children for the performance opportunities that they provide, and their ability to transfer their own confidence and love of performing to their pupils, as well as teaching musical skills. This can lead to a lifelong interest which can be of benefit on so many levels.
This vibrant and exciting Irish Music Centre is based at St Mary’s RC Primary in Levenshulme on a Wednesday evening. The Centre offers the chance for students interested in Irish music to progress and play together in ensembles. All students can learn a range of traditional instruments including the accordion, pipes, tin whistle , banjo and guitar.
The enthusiastic team of teachers teach a large group of talented students, many of whom have been successful at regional and inter-national world championships.
Centre Leader: Angela Durcan
Russian Music Centre
There are so many reasons why we attend the centre – playing and performing in a group, involvement with the charity and other social/cultural benefits, musical development in an out-of-school setting, more independence and confidence, having fun and keeping in contact with friends from primary school.
The Russian Music Centre is based at Chorlton Central Church and meets every Monday evening. There are two ensembles to cater for all abilities and age groups.
Kalinushka is the beginner ensemble which offers a group learning environment to encourage new players to join the fun. Kalinka is the intermediate / advanced ensemble who have visited St Petersburg to perform and take part in master classes led by the world’s leading balalaika and domra players. The centre welcomes new players and complete beginners throughout the year.
Centre Leaders: Kathryn Burke and Brian Hulme
Steelpan Music Centre
Playing in a band challenges people of all abilities to work together to create a great performance. The skills learnt here stay with you through life as do the friendships that you make. You have to have played in these type of units to really appreciate this. Rich, poor, intelligent, academically low achievers, can all succeed. There aren’t many areas in life where everybody has an equal chance.
Manchester Youth Steel Orchestra (MYSTEEL) is based at St Margaret’s CE Primary School in Whalley Range on a Thursday. This centre gives students who are already playing steelpans in school, the chance to progress and enjoy being part of this exciting group.
MYSTEEL regularly perform at the Manchester Day Celebrations and in the local community.
Centre Leaders: Bryon Calame, Morris Clarke and Joe Yankey
Central Music Centre
The centre gives me an opportunity to develop my skills of playing in an orchestra, as well as meeting and making friends with other musicians. There is a great atmosphere and a feeling that you are part of something special.
Manchester Youth String Orchestra is open to anyone aged 11-18 who is at least grade 4 level on a string instrument. There is no entry audition and we aim to develop ensemble skills by working on a wide range of music in a friendly environment.
Centre Leader: Kate Moran
Music lessons and ensemble support
Inspire and empower pupils of all ages at your school through weekly music lessons or ensembles. We offer a range of instrumental and vocal tuition, as well as providing ensemble leadership and support.
Our experienced music leaders deliver expertly planned lessons from beginner to advanced levels which are available for any age group, of any size:
Students can learn instruments from the following selection:
- Brass - trumpet, cornet, trombone, horn, euphonium, tuba
- Strings - violin, viola, cello, double bass
- Woodwind - flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, recorder, tin whistle
- Guitar - acoustic, electric, bass, ukulele option for large groups
- Vocal - rock, pop, gospel, classical (lessons, choirs, assemblies)
- Keyboard - piano, keyboard, individual and small groups up to eight
- Rock Music - drum kit, keyboard, guitar, bass, vocals
- Percussion - African drums, samba, bodhran, congas, drum kit, orchestral tuned
- World Music - steelband, Russian, Irish, African, samba
- Music Technology - KS2, KS3, KS4 including assistive music technology
- Curriculum Music - EYFS, SEND, KS1-4 including GCSE, BTEC, A level support
Musician in residence
Music is an extremely important subject for all children to learn and has an integral role in providing a broad and balanced curriculum. Your pupils will benefit from music in schools and new-found talents may be the start of a life-long journey. Is Music an integral part of your school?
Music can improve
- Attainment and learning skills
- Behaviour, self-esteem and social skills
- Creativity and thinking skills
Our music specialists can plan and deliver high quality music lessons in your school, individually tailored to support your needs and learning outcomes.
The Musician in Residence programme can deliver any combination of the following:
- Music curriculum lessons (including PPA)
- Key stage singing assemblies
- Extra-curricular music clubs or choirs
- School musical performance support
- Whole class / large group instrumental tuition
In a typical day in a one-form entry school, the Musician in Residence will work with classes, offering 30 minute lessons to EYFS and KS1, and 40 minute lessons to KS2.
In larger schools, the delivery of the teaching can be more flexible, providing alternate weeks or terms and additional days. There are opportunities for flexibility, including super-learning events, creative weeks, performances and sharing assemblies.
Singing regularly has several physical and mental health benefits including increasing confidence and self-esteem, a sense of community and belonging, improving posture and developing core muscles and reducing levels of stress.
We provide vocal tuition and choir support in a range of genres to enable children and young people to extend, develop and use their vocal skills. We can also support staff in schools to deliver singing with professional development opportunities and events, such as our annual primary school Singarounds which develop and improve singing whilst having lots of fun.
Music technology can encourage your pupils to develop musical expression in an exciting way whilst enriching your creative curriculum. Music technology is an accessible way of making music which often inspires children to get into different styles of music in addition to improving study skills and developing confidence.
We deliver a series of workshops introducing music technology and giving staff and children lots of practical advice to help develop an understanding of music technology including:
- An introduction to music making and editing software using Garage Band
- Ideas of how to incorporate music technology into cross-curricular work
- Activity ideas you can use in the classroom
- How to record sounds and voices, create loops, chords and melodies
- How to make up a song, theme tune or soundtrack, which could be linked to drama / story telling / video work
We also offer bespoke support for staff in SEND settings.
In high schools we can offer both projects and music technology curriculum teaching, leading to a range of external qualifications, such as music production graded exams.
First Access / Wider Opportunities
First Access or WCET (whole class ensemble tuition) at Key Stage 2 is a national aspiration. It has evolved from the government’s pledge that: “over time, all pupils in primary schools who wish to, will have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.”
Schools are required to meet the government’s aspiration for all KS2 pupils to learn a musical instrument free of charge, normally in a large group or whole class setting for a sustained period of time – at least one term.
After this opportunity all pupils are able to make an informed choice about continuing to learn a musical instrument. This may be continuing to learn the same or a different musical instrument.
Many schools buy in ensemble delivery to allow pupils to continue playing in a large group to follow on from their First Access experience. One Education Music currently delivers First Access on the following instruments:
- Brass: Trumpet or Cornet
- Strings: Violin, Cello, Balalaika
- Ukulele and Guitar
- Woodwind: Recorder, Clarinet, Flute, Tin Whistle
- Percussion: Samba, African Drumming, World Percussion, Steel Pans
We can offer specialist advice and support with incorporating First Access opportunities into your current instrumental provision.
Early Years Music
Our fun musical sessions, Polkadots, for young children in nursery, reception and years 1 & 2 will help your pupils to develop a wide range of transferable skills. Polkadots classes are fun music and movement sessions for young children, giving them the opportunity to make and experience music with others. The sessions include singing, playing percussion instruments, moving to music, using puppets and playing as a group.
Would you like to set up a Polkadots class at your school?
To set up a Polkadot class at your school you need to a teacher, or teaching assistant, who is willing to lead the group and up to 15 children who wish to become Polkadots!
Full training will be given, along with planning material, termly meetings and support visits.
Events and Courses
Let your students shine in a wide range of musical and vocal events at a variety of prestigious venues such as the Royal Northern College of Music, the Bridgewater Hall, the Royal Exchange Theatre and Manchester Cathedral.
Annual events include a Black History Month Vocal celebration, termly Singarounds, the Big Sing, the Irish Music Festival, Early Years Music Celebration and Music Showcase.
As the lead delivery partner for MyHub (the music education hub for Manchester), One Education Music are commissioned to develop and lead several large-scale performance events.
Music Training and In-School Audits
One Education Music leaders deliver curriculum-focused training for colleagues in your school.
Our support covers the following key areas and is available to primary, secondary, special schools and academies: bespoke music training packages, staff meetings, school music audits, support for art and music co-ordinators.
Encourage children, either a pupil at school or your own child, to socialise in a safe environment which provides musical opportunities and regular performances throughout the year. Making music with other young people, in a group, a band or orchestra is fun, a good social experience and often the start of a lifelong interest.
One Education’s Music Centres help to develop musical skills and talents in a collaborative environment. Children can learn an instrument through individual or group music lessons.
MUSIC CENTRE TERM DATES 2018/19
Enrol and pay for membership online. (£45 per term)
If this includes a lesson please do not pay until you have a confirmed place. If you would like to book NEW lessons for your child at a music centre please contact the One Education Music Team and we will confirm the time of your lesson. One Education Music are proud to work with parents like yourself, communities, schools and MyHub (the music education hub for Manchester), supporting and enabling talent to flourish. We run several extra-curricular music centres during the school year that offer a range of activities for different ages and abilities including SEND pupils with additional needs.
Achieving in Music
One Education Music is an Arts Award supporter. Your young musicians are always welcome and the activities support different levels of Arts Award engagement, particularly taking part in arts activities. If you child is a regular attender he/she may also be able to develop their arts leadership skills by leading music workshops and using media skills linked to a current project.
Music centres offer a range of musical styles including vocal, rock, jazz, world music and inclusive, creative music making. It is of great importance that your child is continually encouraged and challenged to develop their musical skills and also that they feel comfortable at the level they are playing at to encourage them to keep practising regularly. Our traditional bands and orchestral pathways range from beginner to advanced level keep give every child the chance to shine.