Wandsworth Schools' Music Service

Music in schools

Wandsworth Schools' Music Service is based in Tooting and is the lead partner of the Wandsworth Music Education Hub.

Our wide range of music programmes support the development of children's musical talents both in and out of the school environment.

Music programmes

Several core programmes are offered to schools:  

  • Whole Class Ensemble Tuition (Wider Opportunities) for whole classes of Primary children to learn musical instruments. Popular instruments include; Trumpet, Clarinet, Saxophone and Violin. Sessions run over 30 weeks a year and give children (often) their first opportunity to learn a musical instrument. Follow on programmes ensure large numbers continue to enjoy music making and are able to progress to the borough's main ensembles and orchestras.
  • Singing Support from the Singing Strategy Team.  This work supports schools to develop singing ability and introduce a wide range of styles and genres of music leading to public performances, including at a number of prestigious concert venues.
  • Major performance opportunities for concerts such as the Mayor of Wandsworth's Charity Carol Concert, Winter Sounds Concert and the prestigious Brighter Sounds Concert at the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall.
  • Provision of peripatetic tutors for instrumental and vocal teaching: the service employs 140 specialist music tutors to work across its programmes and support schools to deliver their music curriculum.  

Ensembles

Wandsworth Schools' Music provides a graded range of ensembles to support our young musicians to progress through to the highest levels.

After School Ensembles

  • Wandsworth Youth Choir is open to young people in year 6 through to year 9, rehearsing a wide variety of repertoire on a Wednesday evening.
  • Battersea Glee Club and the Battersea Community Choir support young (Primary KS2) people to perform and develop their skills in singing and musical theatre.

Saturday ensembles

Saturday ensembles at the Wandsworth Music Academy include three symphony orchestras and a jazz orchestra.

  • Wandsworth Junior Orchestra (Grades 1 - 3)
  • Wandsworth Concert Orchestra (Grades 3 - 6)
  • Wandsworth Pops Orchestra (Grade 6 - 8 and above)
  • Wandsworth Jazz Orchestra (Grade 5 -8 and above)

Members of the Wandsworth Concert and Pops Orchestras also attend half term holiday courses in preparation for major events and the annual orchestra tour which in 2018 will be to Italy. Membership of senior orchestras is by audition only.

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