Support For Schools

Harrow Music Service (HMS) provides instrumental and vocal tuition, advice and training to support schools in meeting the aims of the National Plan for Music Education.

HMS is the lead organisation in the Harrow Music Education Hub for which it receives the Music Education Grant from the DfE/Arts Council.   The Music Education Grant is used to subsidise all traded services to schools, support performance opportunities for students such as the Band, String, Guitar, Recorder, World and Song Festivals and to support other Hub members providing special services to children (such as Harrow Young Musicians).

Services we offer to schools include:

Instrumental/Vocal Tuition

  • Small group instrumental/vocal tuition
  • Large group instrumental tuition for steel pans and recorder and ‘continuers’ from whole class programmes
  • Whole-class subsidised instrumental programmes
  • Ensemble and choir coaching, development and leading

Class Music Teaching / Year Group Singing / Leading Singing Assemblies

  • Curriculum class music teaching can be bought back for whole or half day
  • Year group singing
  • Singing assemblies
  • Ensemble conducting for large ensembles
  • Music’s Cool programme (combining class music teaching, instrumental learning, singing and CPD for teachers)

Advisory Music Curriculum Support

  • Courses for teachers and INSET sessions in schools
  • Advice & support on adapting and improving schemes of work and policies
  • Observations according to Ofsted subject specific criteria
  • ICT music resources
  • Auditing school music provision
  • Developing a school singing strategy
  • Demonstration lessons

Piano Accompaniment

  • Concerts, shows and assemblies
  • GCSE/A level performances and recordings
  • Examinations

Other Musical Activities

  • Rock School
  • SongFest – a KS2 singing Festival
  • School Choirs Showcase – an opportunity to perform individual school choir repertoire at the Elliott Hall to an audience of peers
  • Sing Sing Sing – A Y2/3 singing Festival

Enhanced Service

  • Appraisal process for all HMS staff including observations
  • Regular staff training including 4 days of INSET for instrumental teachers
  • HMS instrumental curricula
  • Performance opportunities through a range of music festival workshops and concerts
  • Conducting, directing and leading of school based ensembles
  • Provision of support and expertise for GCSE/A Level pupil preparation
  • HMS staff attendance at parents’ evenings
  • Provision of practice diaries to pupils
  • Musical promotion evenings to publicise musical opportunities at your school
  • Sharing Expertise and Experience in Music (SEEM) peer support scheme for music teachers in primary and secondary schools

We are proud to offer instrumental/vocal tutors and teachers who are also musicians and able to demonstrate a high level of musicianship and expertise in their chosen family of instruments. Schools buying into our service benefit from expertise of the wider team; appraisal and CPD for staff; monitoring of the quality of teaching and learning of music tuition; music festivals and recitals; public music examinations; free staff concerts; scholarships and bursaries for individual students from the Peter Hinkley Trust and the Mayor’s Music Fund as well as access to subsidised projects and programmes in association with our Harrow Music Education Hub members, which include local and national organisations.

To discuss music provision in your school and for further information please contact Sue McCall on 020 3773 7166 or email

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