Special Schools and Performance Opportunities
The Music Man Project is committed to improving the quality of music teaching in Special Schools and believes all children should access the very best music-making opportunities available. The Music Man Project delivers classroom and one to one teaching, choirs, orchestras, music clubs, music assemblies, School concerts and public events on behalf of its client Special Schools. It also provides school leadership teams with tracking and progress data, evidence of impact, case studies and a range of stakeholder reporting in fulfilment of OFSTED inspection criteria.
School pupils can access the complete range of performance opportunities offered by The Music Man Project, including competing at local music festivals, performing in large scale integrated concerts and appearing in the West End alongside other schools and adult students. Through its association with the Music Man Project, client schools can also access the Bronze and Silver Trinity Arts Award.
In order to extend its impact, The Music Man Project will support a network of both musicians and non-specialist classroom teachers who are both currently working in Special Schools or who harbour ambitions to do so. This will be achieved by providing effective learning resources and teaching strategies for the Special School classroom, along with ongoing mentoring, training and lesson observations.
Special School Music Hub Services
- One to one sessions
- Classroom teaching
- Pupil premium classes
- School choir
- Drum kit tuition
- African drumming
- School percussion ensembles
- Music for school assemblies
- Music for concerts and events
- Monthly practical music workshops
- Music to support daily routines and movement around the school
- Music to support basic understanding and learning of key concepts
- Lunchtime Music Clubs
- Original and bespoke music resources to support the whole school curriculum
- Website resources (backing tracks, demonstration tracks, sheet music)
- Teaching and Learning Resources
- Staff CPD
- Progress reports for stakeholders
Large Scale Concert Productions
- End of term concerts
- Fundraising events
- Music events with mainstream students
- Music festivals and competitions
Saturday Mencap Music School
Founded in 2000 by David Stanley, the Southend Mencap Music School provides music tuition every Saturday morning for children and adults with a learning disability. An average of 50 adults and 20 children each week and a total client base of over 300 have enjoyed the Music School over the past decade.
David runs the Music School alongside Southend Regional Director Jenny Hitchcock and former Special School music teacher Val Wilcox, along with a team of professional helpers, volunteers and mainstream school pupils. The Mencap Music School also performs to capacity audiences throughout the year, during a range of shows and special events.
A film maker documented the incredible story of Southend Mencap Music School during 2011 prior to its expansion to become The Music Man Project. The highly acclaimed 55-minute film, enjoyed by former Prime Minister David Cameron, is now available to view on MMP-TV.
Saturday Sessions (Children)
Kingsdown School, Snakes Lane, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6XT