Primary School

What’s new for 2022-23

  • We are adding Charanga or Music `Express licences (you choose which one you would like) to our Bronze, Silver & Gold membership for the year. We have found this to be a very valuable resource for school – especially during national lockdowns.
  • We will now assign a specialist Music Outreach Lead to your school who will assist you to develop your music provision unique to your needs and to help you develop your school Music Plan – a requirement by OFSTED.
  •  Funding opportunities – Once you become a hub member school you can apply for a Music Development Grant of up to £500. We will be looking to award up to 8 projects in 2021-22 for schools.

Below is a table of ‘drop-downs’ showing you what’s on offer for your school when working towards the National Plan for Music Education (NPME). National Plan for Music Education

Hub Membership of Swindon Schools - How does it work for my school?

Show that you share our belief in the importance of music education and sign up as a member in our Hub - it's easy!

  • On-line access to music resources and curriculum templates
  • Free help line from qualified music education specialists
  • Free Charanga annual licence for swindon infant, junior & primary membership schools
  • Membership of Music Mark
  • Access to subsidised prices for whole class, large, small and individual tuition
  • Access to the subsidised additional menu Buy-as-you-go.

Infant, Junior, Primary & Special

Bronze membership

gives you the core support package outlined above, including:

  • access to subsidised prices for music provision on a yearly basis
  • access to the buy-as-you-go menu on a yearly basis.
  • WCET Celebration concert.
  • Free Charanga licence.
  • Membership of Music Mark (national organisation)
  • The subsidised offers are:
    • IN2MUSIC at KS1
    • MUSIC4U (WCET)
    • Large/small and individual tuition Buy-as you-go menu

Silver membership

  • as above plus:
  • 1 staff CPD session at your school

Gold membership 

  • as above plus:
  • 2 staff CPD session at your school

A comprehensive Early Years Music resource

We offer a well-developed, unique music programme for early

years and foundation stage. The three elements to

the programme are:

Sounds Fun:

Each school/setting receives 6 x 30-minute sessions delivered in your school/setting by a music service early years specialist.

First Steps:

This programme assist settings and schools by up- skilling your staff to deliver musical activities through CPD. Your school/setting will be able to access resources through our website to assist you when delivering your sessions. You will also receive free entry into the Make a Noise Festival

What is the Make a Noise Festival?

This is an annual festival that runs over a two-week period.  After your teachers/practitioners have learnt the songs and received a resource pack at the First Steps CPD season, they will coach their children in readiness for them to join together with other schools and settings.

At this festival the young children will experience their first public performance in an informal setting under the direction of the music service early years specialist. Parents and family members will be able to attend and witness their child's very first music performance in public.

Overview and Price list>>

KS 1 Whole Class / Large Group Instrumental programme

The programme supports your whole-class music provision and introduces the children to age appropriate musical instruments.


KS2 Whole Class Ensemble Tuition (IN2MUSIC)

Th programme is considered an element of our INCLUSION strategy as it involves the whole class.  The programmes supplements and enhances your music curriculum and is delivered during the school day.


Individual Tuition in School

"The instrumental tuition gave pupils a hands on experience of music making that has inspired many to learn an instrument of their own"

Swindon Music Service offers high quality individual tuition in a range of styles and genres.  Standards are outstanding and tuition id delivered by highly skilled, DBS cleared instrumental tutors.

Instrumental lessons available:

We offer instrumental & vocal lessons in a flexible way to meet your busy schedules, either at school, at the music centre or at home through online Zoom platform


Download the Instrumental Brochure here

How does it work?

  • A school can buy in a  block of time to allow their students to access tuition.  The schools can then either:
    • offer tuition free to students, or
    • claim fees directly form parents themselves (Pupils Premium can also be used for those pupils who qualify)
    • a minimum of 1-hour per tutor for 10-sessions spread over two terms (6-term system - further blocks of 10 sessions can be purchased on a Buy-As-You-Go approach) must be purchased.
  • Parents Direct Pay
    • parents/carers can be directed by the school  to the music service to register through the e Parent-Direct-Pay scheme.
    • an easy process has also been developed to allow for those students who receive free school meals can access the music service remissions fund and receive up to 60% discount on the fees and 100% for those pupils who are categorised as Looked After Children (LAC) by the Local Authority.  (subject to funding being available).
    • again, the school will need to have a minimum of 1-hour's tuition per week per tutor to take place in the school. Alternatively, lessons can be undertaken online or at the music centre (The Platform, Faringdon Road).

Useful Links:

Swindon Music Service offers live music Roadshows throughout the year to your schools

Sample Promo videos are available to view by Roadshow Promos   

Term 1 & 2  Rock & Pop

Term 3 & 4 World Music; String

Term 5 & 6 Wind