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Cultural Offer

Behind Teach Through Music is a partnership of over 20 cultural organisations who see Key Stage 3 music as a vital cultural entitlement for all young people.

Our cultural partners are providing huge support in the form of fantastic venues, musical expertise and examples of innovative education practice. In order to further support teachers, and motivate schools, they have also ‘pledged’ a wealth of exclusive opportunities for those teachers and their schools who enrol on the programme.

These will be offered to enrolled teachers, advertised via the Teach Through Music Online Portal.

Here’s a taste of what’s on offer:

  • Two week priority booking period for LPO’s Bright Sparks KS3 Concerts and associated INSET session
  • Priority booking for the Schools’ Matinees series 2014-2015 at the Royal Opera House
  • Free trial of MusicFirst cloud-based music software
  • 20% off David Ashworth’s new book, ‘Teaching Music – Practical Strategies for Key Stage 3’, Rhinegold Education

To receive the PROMO codes you need to begin your enrolment.

Trinity Laban

Situated in the Greenwich World Heritage Site, Trinity Laban are dedicated to enriching London’s vibrant cultural life and creative industries. Trinity Laban’s Learning and Participation department is delighted to be leading the partnership responsible for Teach Through Music

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Barbican Guildhall

Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning provides opportunities for people of all ages to engage with the performing and visual arts. Their activities are designed to have a positive, lasting impact on everyone – a world class arts and learning experience. These range from the inspirational, such as the Big Barbican Adventure and the Big Barbican Workshop, to more sustained projects such as Barbican Box and Drum Works, which enable young people to develop their potential as human beings, as well as creators and performers.

Creative Learning also offers professional development opportunities for artists and teachers that enable them to acquire new skills as leaders and collaborators across a range of socially engaged settings.

The Barbican and Guildhall School are delighted to be partners in Teach Through Music.

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Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre will be offering exclusive tickets offers and some special CPD events. More details to come later in 2014 autumn term.

Southbank Centre offers schools and teachers a number of exciting opportunities to engage with their ongoing programme of cultural events and activities. They will also be launching a new regular teachers’ networking programme in September 2014. Alongside this they also have schools’ activities as part of their regular festivals.

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Serious’ year round Learning & Participation programme brings professional artists and the wider community together, providing inspiration through music for everyone involved. They are dedicated to engaging with teachers and pupils through their schools’ programme which includes workshops, projects and teaching resources.

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London Philharmonic Orchestra

The London Philharmonic Orchestra believes music enriches the way people think, feel and live their lives. Their Education & Community programme works with schools, young people, families and young professionals.

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English Folk Dance and Song Society will be offering exclusive tickets offers. More details to come later in 2014 autumn term.

The Education department of the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) runs classes, courses, projects and events, and works with schools, colleges, community groups and cultural organisations across England.

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London Sinfonietta

Take part in school concerts to inspire pupils and teachers with the music of today, compositions and performances by teenagers in Kings Cross, and career-defining opportunities for emerging players and conductors.

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LSO Discovery

LSO Discovery is the London Symphony Orchestra’s community and music education programme. The LSO is set apart from other international orchestras by the depth of its commitment to music education, reaching over 60,000 people each year.

The LSO is proud to support KS3 music teaching in East London through the Teach Through Music programme. Music Excellence London offers huge support to music teachers at this important stage in young people’s development, and provides a focus for the planning and delivery of high-quality musical experiences for this age-group.

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Wigmore Hall Learning

Wigmore Hall Learning are pleased to be a partner in Teach Through Music. They believe arts organisations can work together with teachers to provide diverse and varied opportunities of the highest quality.

The Wigmore Hall Learning programme offers Key Stage 3 pupils and teachers inspiring school concerts with direct links to the curriculum and the chance to attend specially selected Wigmore Hall concert series performances for free, through their Chamber Zone ticket scheme. They can also offer creative music sessions in the lead-up to concerts.

Wigmore Hall Learning also work with their key Music Hub partners (Tri-borough, THAMES, Haringey and Enfield) to deliver extended music projects in secondary schools.

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Horniman Museum and 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. We are happy to support Teach Through Music participants with our wide range of schools workshops, tailored visits and CPD opportunities – including touching and playing some of the museum’s instruments!

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

They do this through a diverse and exciting programme of courses, live gigs, informal training and events, including degree level music production and business training, free instrumental tuition, career development and support packages, music leader training courses and a whole host of live events.

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MusicFirst are proud to be partnering with Teach Through Music. The programme fosters an innovative approach to raising the bar of KS3 and we hope our new, innovative cloud-based software tools can play an active part in shaping the future of music education.

MusicFirst’s portfolio of cloud-based music software applications cover music theory, appreciation, performance, history and composition. The applications run online in a web-browser and allow students to learn, compose and test themselves at school and at home with all results available to the teacher so they can assess work online. Please visit their website for more information.

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Musiko Musika

Musiko Musika has a wealth of knowledge and experience in world music and its use in music education. They will be providing a unique package of materials and support for teachers on the Teach Through Music programme including songs, music and rhythms with supporting materials, and access to musicians from diverse cultures with excellent skills in working with children and young people. Accessing Musiko Musika’s resources and expertise will enable teachers to improve their knowledge and understanding of world music. Teach Through Music will also be informing teachers about other training opportunities and events that are on offer.

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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. They work closely with schools across the capital.

AND offer a range of opportunities for London schools to network, share good practice, meet arts and cultural organisations, and get information. They also support London schools to apply for Artsmark. The AND annual conference for schools, ‘the new National Curriculum: Arts & Culture in Action,’ takes place on 16 October 2014. To find out more, see

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Drake Music

At Drake Music, we remove disabling barriers to music through the imaginative and innovative use of technology. We provide fully accessible instruments and opportunities so everyone can make music.  We put quality music-making at the heart of everything we do, connecting disabled and non-disabled musicians locally, nationally and internationally.

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Roundhouse is an iconic music and performance venue. We work with over 3,000 11-25 year-olds every year, supporting them to reach their creative potential by offering them opportunities in music, media and the performing arts.

Whether young people come for a day, a week or a year, there’s a wide range of activities on offer – including weekly term-time and holiday projects, master classes, one-off workshops, on-going training and performance projects, and access to our incredible studio facilities.

We also offer schools taster sessions, bespoke workshops and long term projects, alongside running a Teachers Network forum for education professionals. For more info click here.

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Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House is home to The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet — the place to watch and learn about world-class opera, music, ballet and dance. As well as an iconic venue for the arts, the Royal Opera House Bridge is one of 10 organisations granted funding by Arts Council England until 2018 to connect children and young people with great art and culture.

Through networking, research, collaboration and co-investment we are strengthening the local cultural infrastructure. We work with partners including schools, arts organizations, museums, libraries, heritage sites, and councils. We believe that all children are entitled to engage with cultural learning and are keen to extend the reach of our work to communities where there is limited local provision.

The Voice Work: Getting Everyone Singing Short Course will be hosted at the Royal Opera House.

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Sinfini for Schools

Sinfini for Schools is a new initiative for secondary school music teachers in the UK, providing free-to-download teaching resources on classical music for KS3 students.  The comprehensive curriculum-linked lesson plans, devised by specialist music teachers in conjunction with Sinfini Music, represent a first for the music industry, creating a complete set of digital music teaching tools in one easy package.

Sinfini for Schools is a flexible teaching resource that can be used by teachers for either a single lesson plan, or to create schemes of work for the whole year.  The lesson plans are based on two pieces of music: Ravel’s Boléro and the Toreador’s Song from Bizet’s opera Carmen.  Each plan includes teaching guidelines, ready-to-use school music parts and corresponding MIDI files.  The high quality teaching materials are designed to be used alongside the engaging content, written by world-class journalists, which is freely accessible on Sinfini Music’s website.

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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 are pleased to offer several programmes that benefit KS3 teachers and students, and to be delivering Listen Imagine Compose as a Teach Through Music Short Course.

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Musicroom, the world’s best selection of sheet music, books about music, tuition books, music software, and musical instruments & accessories, are offering an introductory welcome offer for Teach Through Music teachers: 15% discount on sheet music on orders of £25 or over. Apply via the Online Portal.

For an ongoing 10% off all orders of £25 and over available to all Teachers and Educators, sign up to Musicroom’s Educators Discount programme via

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Cultural Offer
Funded by:
  • Funder-Department-for-Eduction
  • Funder-Mayor-of-London
Delivered by:
  • Partner-Trinity-Laban
In partnership with:
  • Partner-Sound-Connections
  • Partner-Trinity-College-London
  • Partner-Barbican
  • Partner-University-of-Greenwich
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