Welcome to SMS Virtual Music World for Schools

School support during national lockdowns

During any national lockdown, Swindon Music Service will provide hub member schools with a Music Tutor Link Officer (MTLO) . The MTLO will be offering weekly advice and provide resources for music coordinators and heads of music, to assist with delivering music sessions to those C&YP at school and those learning remotely from home.

Swindon Music Service

At Swindon Music Service, we have provided music tuition in schools for many years and the staff are experienced practitioners in their field.  Due to COVID-19 lockdown, we are currently unable to undertake face-to-face services.  Therefore, in the meantime, we are moving our services to online lessons.  In September, when schools return, we will be guided by DfE and ACE as to when it’s safe to restart face-to-face sessions again.  We will consult with schools to develop the best flexible approach tailored to each school’s needs.

Further guidance for cleaning and maintaining the instruments and also Risk Assessment templates for schools are provided when schools purchase this service.

On this page, you can access services, online videos and resources.  Click on the following links to access the area you are looking for:

Whole Class Ensemble Tuition

Click on the picture to watch the promo for schools


Whole Class Ensemble Tuition (we call either First Access or IN2MUSIC) is well established in Swindon schools.  To ensure children and young people continue to be given these opportunities, Swindon Music Service has developed online lessons, sessions and tutorials to assist schools to continue to access this service.

You can access pre-recorded sessions by clicking the instrument family and the tutor assigned to your school from the list on the left-hand-side of this page.  You will also be given a password to allow you access to this resource.  If you have not got your password, contact paulrowe@smscio.co.uk  who will provide you with the relevant passwords.

Live Music Roadshows

We offer recorded, lively and informative Music Roadshows for your schools as an alternative until we can get back in to schools to deliver these live once again

PercussionRoadshow promo                                    Rock & Pop Roadshow promo

(click on each picture to watch the promo)


Individual online instrumental and vocal lessons

Individual lessons (we call this MUSIC4U) are available from Swindon Music Service through face-to-face sessions either at school, at our music centre, when we are permitted to restart these.  In the meantime, we are moving this service to online lessons.  Additionally, we will alway be guided by DfE and ACE as to when it’s safe to restart face-to-face sessions again.

There are two ways in which individual instrumental or vocal lessons can be purchased:

  • The school can purchase blocks of time through their service level agreement.  Pupils premium can also be used to access this service for children that qualify for such support.
  • Though our Parent Direct Pay system.  Here, the school assists with the smooth running of the timetable but the finances are completed directly with the parents/guardians. By this, saving school the administrative burden of collecting funds from parent/carers.


You can download a pdf to find out more about Instrumental and Vocals tuition guide for parents and to see the online safeguarding policy by clicking each individual picture.

To find out more about online instrumental and vocal tuition, click the link

Schools Music Festivals materials and INSET

As it is unlikely that theatres will be open for live performance this year, we are going to deliver a virtual Big Christmas through a live stream event on the 8th December with a repeated stream on 9th & 10th December.  The INSET will also be delivered to class teachers through a live stream.  Click the picture below to watch the promo of this event.


Singing Resources

You can access these recourses from the Schools’ home page. click the link: https://smscio.org/schools/