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Support and advice for school leaders and school music leaders

Support and advice

We can help you to assess and plan your music curriculum and build music into the culture of your school to improve outcomes for all learners. We can work with your leadership team, head of music/performing arts, or music coordinator on:

  • building music into the ‘Creative Development’ of the whole curriculum
  • whole-class planning, including multi-sensory learning
  • ensuring progression
  • identifying and supporting gifted and talented musicians
  • supporting young people facing barriers to learning
  • auditing and organising of resources
  • supporting learning mentors to engage pupils in learning through music
  • assessing achievement
  • supporting schools with their singing strategy – including advising on Sing Up Award applications
  • information about national music education initiatives and funding
  • supporting the teaching and learning of children with special educational needs


Time4Music is a whole school approach to music, ensuring that music helps learning and wellbeing, and supports the whole curriculum.

We work closely with head teachers and music co-ordinators to create a tailor-made package of support and services that best meet your school and pupils’ needs and ultimately, improves outcomes for pupils in music and beyond.

Time4Music Options

Group & individual lessons: a specialist instrumental or vocal teacher to teach your children in small groups or individually. Up to a maximum of 8 pupils per hour. This can be paid for by parents/carers or you can use Pupil Premium to support specific children. We may also be able to help with costs. An instrument is not provided but may be hired by parents/carers or the school. Find out more about hiring an instrument. 

Clubs & activities: our specialist instrumental or singing teachers can run or support your music clubs and activities:

  • ensembles eg. choir, band or orchestra
  • before-school and after-school music clubs eg. Djembe, Ukulele, Rock & Pop sessions
  • large-group instrumental or vocal lessons

This can be paid for by parents/carers and/or you may wish to use Pupil Premium to subsidise activities for certain pupils. We may also be able to help with costs.  A set of instruments may be loaned to the school for use in school, subject to availability and courier cost.

Class teaching: our specialist music teachers can teach National Curriculum classroom music or whole-class instrumental teaching. Create a bespoke whole-class learning opportunity, use us to provide PPA cover or enhance and extend existing whole-class first-access programmes such as Key2Music and 1Term2Learn.

Benefits to schools 

As well as increased musical activity in the whole-school community, feedback from previous years indicates that schools see:

  • a positive impact on all pupils, including those with challenging behaviour or Special Educational Needs (SEN)
  • improved standards in music
  • improved standards in the wider curriculum

We all thought the concert at Worthing Assembly Halls was just wonderful and we were so proud of our daughter.  She also really enjoyed being part of the orchestra and the concert and is looking forward to next term. She has spoken about how much her playing has improved by being in the orchestra.

Many thanks to West Sussex Music for a brilliant term.

I wanted to draw your attention to the wonderful teaching Anna, my daughter, receives from Mr Will Wilkins, via West Sussex Music. She has always delighted in his lessons, and how he makes learning the cornet so fun … Even when she’s tired, he manages to get the best out of her.
It is wonderful to see the progress she is making.


I really wanted to send you a message to say a personal thank you for all your help with Joe, Lily and Theo. They had a fabulous time with you for the three days and thanks to your work, Lily had the confidence to join in with a performance for a big family party we had at the weekend. I know for a fact she would not have done it if it wasn’t for the time she had with you at the Rock school. This has now given us a special memory of being able to perform as a family.  THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH

Elizabeth Angioni
Rating: 10

Support for schools

Ensemble teaching taster

Whole class ensemble

Support for leadership

School performances

Curriculum & singing

Talk to us about what you want to make happen in your school. We can also offer songwriting and composition workshops to unleash your pupils’ creativity, themed workshops for cross-curricular work, and much more.

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