singing in schools

Sense of Sound offers an invaluable service of the highest quality. They are a joy to work with.
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Honoured by Her Majesty the Queen as a Pioneer for the Nation, the award-winning company Sense of Sound has been working in schools to develop high quality singing projects since 1992. Working predominantly with voice, Sense of Sound Training enables students to develop personally, academically and professionally.

It aims to support, extend and enrich already existing music education within schools.

Our training activities encourage the teaching and performance of material from around the world as well as contemporary pop, soul and R‘n B songs. Sense of Sound Training offers exciting educational experiences that are inspirational and fun for both student and teacher. It is this reputation for excellence that led to the organisation being featured in the second series of BBC2’s award winning series, The Choir.

Featuring the highs and lows of ever patient choirmaster Gareth Malone, the series followed Gareth as he tackled, in his usual head-on way, the task of teaching choral singing in Lancaster School – a large boys-only state school in Leicester.

Sense of Sound was called upon to help inspire and encourage the boys’ participation. Members of the amazing Sense of Sound Choir spent a day in the school delivering intensive workshops and performing alongside the boys. The end result was a hugely successful performance at The Royal Albert Hall in London. Please click below to see for yourself.

Our experience of the Sense of Sound workshops was very positive. We have received positive feedback from the children who took part, the parents, Ofsted and staff St Teresa’s Catholic Junior

Working across all Key Stages

Sense of Sound presents bespoke work that is specifically designed with schools in mind. The nature and length of the session is by arrangement to suit the needs of the particular school.

Working across all the key stages, the fundamental aim of the work is to develop pupils’ musical ability whilst at the same time ensuring that it is an enjoyable experience

Areas covered include:

  • How the voice works
  • Singing techniques
  • Using the voice expressively
  • Exploration of melody and harmony
  • Improvisation
  • Development of group and solo work/choirs
  • Lyric and melody writing and interpretation – songwriting
  • Performance and presentation skills
  • Confidence building

Working with Teachers:

Working with teachers who already deliver or want to deliver singing in the classroom we actively encourage them to reflect on, develop and improve their professional skills, knowledge and understanding.

Areas covered include:

  • Identifying appropriate repertoire
  • Teaching and delivering repertoire with confidence
  • Warm up exercises
  • Tackling nerves and “stage fright”
  • Working with all age groups
  • Working across the whole school
  • Preparing for performances
  • Vocal technique exercises

Sense of Sound’s tutors bring with them excellent leadership, classroom management and motivational skills. They are a highly competent and experienced team of practitioners.

Our tutors are currently

  • Working as voice lecturers at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts – LIPA
  • Developing teacher choirs for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
  • Head of Vocals at West Sussex Music Service
  • Member of the advisory board for BBC Choir of the Year
  • Member of Steering group for Sing Up London
  • Developing and delivering Sing Up Greenwich.
  • Developing and delivering the Merseyside programme for Youth Music
  • Working with schools to develop choirs and community choirs.
  • Members of Sense of Sound Choir

The singing workshops were a great success; the students really appreciated the opportunity to work with such talented professionals.
St John Bosco High School