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Music education matters

A message from Alison Sutton

Welcome to our page for practitioners working in SEND settings where you can explore our programme of curriculum support, first access programmes for Key Stage 2 and broad range of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. You’ll also find information about our accessible ensemble programme, Orchestras Inc, and information about how we can support you in your application to be a Music Mark school or with your Artsmark accreditation. 

If you’d like to know more, please get in touch

Primary and SEND Conference

We are delighted to be inviting all those working with children and young people to our Music Education Conference 2024 #EveryChildAMusician, at Chichester College.

Whatever context you teach in, each workshop will increase your own confidence teaching music and support you to build confidence in others.

This fun, practical, and informative day, with delicious food included, closes with an inspirational song, adaptable for any context and ready to take away for use with your young musicians. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Classroom instrumental lessons (CIL) for KS2

Government funding allows every child the chance to learn a musical instrument for free! 

In Years 3 or 4, it is recommended that each class should start a whole-class instrumental programme lasting a minimum of one term. [Model Music Curriculum] 

Not only do our programmes offer pupils a fantastic free musical opportunity, they also enrich your school. 


Orchestras Inc.

Orchestras Inc. is West Sussex Music’s accessible ensemble programme, developed in collaboration with SEND practitioners around the county.

Working with our special schools and students with additional needs, we deliver weekly face-to-face workshops in schools.

Curriculum support and CPD

Are you looking to review your school’s music curriculum? Need advice on suitable resources? Or, need to improve your ukulele skills?

We work with headteachers, music subject leaders or small teams, whatever fits best with individual school development plans to improve confidence in music delivery.

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Co-curricular & extra-curricular

Our specialists provide inspiring enrichment activities to boost access to musical engagement in schools. We can run one off or ongoing music activities such as:

  • Choirs, Bands or Orchestra
  • Before-school or after-school music clubs
  • Workshops for students
  • Live music performances by professional musicians
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Music Mark

Become a Music Mark school and raise your profile!

We have organised free membership for interested schools to become members of Music Mark: the UK Association for Music Education

You will have free access to ongoing training, support, and important national music education updates.


The Artsmark Award is the only creative quality standard for schools and education settings, accredited by Arts Council England and we can support you in your application.

Artsmark is awarded at three levels; Silver, Gold and Platinum and recognises provision that really makes a difference to young people, embedding arts, culture and creativity in your school.

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