Latest Update & Response to COVID-19

Fri 3 April 2020

We hope you are all keeping safe and are finding some time to play your instruments, sing and keep making music. Here’s a few updates:

Online Learning – Charanga

Our teachers have been working hard to create lessons and resources for students to continue learning which are available on Charanga, all primary school instrumental students should now have received a login. Resources have now been created and uploaded for secondary pupils and you should receive an email within the next few days. If you haven’t received anything by Monday 6th April, then please email us at music@wakefield.gov.uk The same email can then be used if you want to send through anything for the teacher to listen to or comment on and reply to. We will continue to update resources throughout the coming weeks and are also busy putting lots more resources and ideas together to expand our remote learning support. Click here to see some great links to other fantastic online resources!

Big Sing 2020!

We will shortly be launching our online ‘Big Sing 2020 – Wakefield OneVoice’. It’s 10 years since we began our annual Big Sing and this year we want as many schools, individuals, families, choirs and teachers to join together and celebrate! This is also ideal for our 4000 young musicians who take part in our weekly Whole Class First Access Lessons. The whole singing festival will be kicking off with an originally composed launch song ‘ONE’ with opportunities for people to share their performances. There’s already a video up there of the chorus and Makaton sign language to learn! Please like and share our dedicated facebook page to keep up to date and look out for #BigSing2020  #KeepMakingMusic www.facebook.com/WMSBigSing2020

Annual Pupils Reports

We have decided to move our report writing cycle a little earlier as now seems like the ideal time to review the progress of our young musicians. Our teachers are beginning to write pupil reports for all those young people that have individual or small group instrumental lessons. We will be sending these out in the first part of next term. If you could please double check that we have the most up to date email address and mobile number that would be appreciated.

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Our online platforms are often the easiest to keep everybody up to date. Using these platforms also helps with minimising usage on the council systems which are being heavily utilised at the moment and needed for critical services. We will continue to update these so please subscribe, follow us, like us and share!

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Best wishes

Phil and the WMS Team