We are committed to ensuring all young people can sing, learn an instrument and perform as part of an ensemble or choir.

Who we are

The Music Partnership is a group of the region’s leading quality music education providers, committed to working together to ensure all young people have the opportunity to sing, learn an instrument and perform as part of an ensemble or choir. We receive funding from the Department of Education via Arts Council England to deliver the ‘National Plan for Music Education’.

We cover the local authority areas of Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent and Telford & Wrekin and work with the three music services in these regions as well as around thirty other music partners.

574
Schools and settings in the region.
129
Music ensembles for 2,455 young people.
375
Schools supported to deliver high quality singing.
36
Music education partners.
257
Schools having instrumental and/or vocal teaching provision for 7,350 pupils.
9,000
Instruments hired to pupils and schools.
9,100
Pupils to benefit from whole class ensemble teaching in 155 schools.
360
Schools and settings supported to deliver regular music.
20,000
Pupils engaged weekly in high quality music making.

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The Music Partnership3 days ago
Soundpots Conference: Putting Music at the Heart of Early Years Education! Join the Soundpots team and special guest speakers Nicola Burke and Harriet Atherton to explore best practice and develop key skills for leading music in Early Years. Visit bit.ly/2NAaf12 to book your place.
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The Music Partnership7 days ago
Happy Easter! To round off a brilliant term of music-making, despite all the challenges, here is the finale from our Virtual Spring Festival, 'Make Your Own Kind of Music'. A huge well done to all of the performers. Have a restful Easter break and we look forward to being back in schools with you after the holiday.
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Entrust Music Service Staffordshire
Happy Easter! To round off a brilliant term of music-making, despite all the challenges, here is the finale from our Virtual Spring Festival, 'Make Your Own Kind of Music'. A huge well done to all of the performers. Have a restful Easter break and we look forward to being back in schools with you after the holiday.
The Music Partnership
The Music Partnership7 days ago
Want to know more about ‘The Role of Music in the Communication Triangle’? Join special guest speaker and workshop leader Harriet Atherton at the Soundpots Conference this June to find out more about how musical play can support speech and language development in your Early Years setting. Visit bit.ly2NAaf12 to book your place.
The Music Partnership
The Music Partnership2 weeks ago
The Staffordshire Young Musician 2021 has officially closed to entries. Thank you to everyone that has sent in an application; we’ve received 108 videos 👏🏼👏🏼

Over the next few weeks, our adjudicators will be watching them and picking winners from each category and selected others to compete in the live final on Sunday 4th July 2021.

We wish everyone who has applied the very best of luck!!

Happy Easter to all 🐣
The Music Partnership
The Music Partnership2 weeks ago
We are delighted to announce that we have received funding from the government’s #CultureRecoveryFund so that we can continue to support music recovery for schools and families through the Summer Term. #HereForCulture #candomusic
The Music Partnership
The Music Partnership2 weeks ago
Happy Easter! To round off a brilliant term of music-making, despite all the challenges, here is the finale from our Virtual Spring Festival, 'Make Your Own Kind of Music'. A huge well done to all of the performers. Have a restful Easter break and we look forward to being back in schools with you after the holiday.
The Music Partnership
Entrust Music Service Staffordshire
Happy Easter! To round off a brilliant term of music-making, despite all the challenges, here is the finale from our Virtual Spring Festival, 'Make Your Own Kind of Music'. A huge well done to all of the performers. Have a restful Easter break and we look forward to being back in schools with you after the holiday.

The Music Partnership on Twitter

2 days ago
Music teachers! Have you booked your free ticket to Building for the future? This online event from @ISM_music on Sat 24 April will offer practical advice for teaching music post-COVID, preparing pupils for online exams, setting fees & more. https://t.co/0yY8VSVZGT #ISMFuture
3 days ago
@Coop_Foundation @lonelynotalone Love these guys youth - led approach to all they do. So pleased to be a partner with them and supporting #lonelynotalone
3 days ago
Join our free webinar to discover how Arts Award can support you in utilising the arts in your recovery or summer programmes and be linked to various elements of the Recovery Package in England.

Register for free here: https://t.co/3DUhngeNGK https://t.co/E7wp8BEfw1
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3 days ago
We are so excited about our partnership with @aardman animations - the team behind Wallace & Gromit! NCO members are currently working on creating their own soundtracks to a clip, & soon a webinar with @jimparkyn senior Model Maker & composer Julian Nott

📷Wallace & Gromit 2021 https://t.co/u71tk91mFf
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3 days ago
Soundpots Conference: Putting Music at the Heart of Early Years Education! Join our Soundpots workshop leaders and special guest speakers Nicola Burke and Harriet Atherton to explore best practice in Early Years. Visit https://t.co/L5x8VdATSk to book your place!
5 days ago
🎵 Start off Summer term 2021 with some #MusicEd training! 🎵

With expert-led sessions on inclusive songwriting, composition, and hiphop, rap & grime, there's still time to book you & your staff onto our Summer term CPD Day next Tuesday (20th). Book here: https://t.co/3j0q5FPFUq

Our Music Services

The National Plan for Music Education

Core Roles

  • Ensure that every child aged 5-18 years has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument through whole-class ensemble teaching programmes for ideally a year (but for a minimum of a term) of weekly tuition on the same instrument.
  • Provide opportunities to play in ensembles and to perform from an early stage.
  • Ensure that clear progression routes are available and affordable to all young people.
  • Develop a singing strategy to ensure that every pupil sings regularly and that choirs and other vocal ensembles are available in the area.

Extension Roles

  • Offer CPD to school staff, particularly in supporting schools to deliver music in the curriculum.
  • Provide an instrument loan service, with discounts or free provision for those on low incomes.
  • Provide access to large scale and/or high-quality music experiences for pupils, working with professional musicians and/or venues. This may include undertaking work to publicise the opportunities available to schools, parents/carers and students.
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