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Singing Strategy

Choosing the appropriate singing material for classroom music – a guide to what’s what

Do you struggle to decide between all the wealth of singing resources on the market? Joan Wright and Kirsty Allman Ward from the Curriculum specialist team have written a useful guide to help you find exactly what you need.

Click HERE 



'Singing can improve pupils' learning, confidence health and social development.

It has the power to change lives and build communities'

A National Plan for Music - DfE 

Hertfordshire Music Service's SINGING STRATEGY is the umbrella under which we provide all our Singing activities.

For further information, contact:
Rachel Dawson : rachel.dawson@hertsmusicservice.org.uk : 07818 480332

What can we offer schools?

Key Stage One cluster celebrations
Key Stage Two cluster celebrations
0-5 and Early Years sessions: Music Jigsaw
Transitional Singing Projects
Staff meetings to refresh/revise/boost morale
Twilight/energising/Team Bonding on INSET days
Meetings with Music Co-ordinator
Singing assemblies
Support during Arts weeks and other themed events
Playground songs
Songs for MFL/EAL
SEAL/Assembly/Citizenship songs
Cross curricular themed songs
Singing to support Literacy and Numeracy
Songs to get Boys singing
Singing in KS3
Using singing for GCSE/AS/A2 teaching
Support for your school choir and for performances in general

Cathedral Outreach Project - Gary Hills (Teacher) comments about the COP at the Lea school Harpenden

 “We all feel very lucky we got you as our singing teacher! You have really inspired the children and they all miss you coming in!  We all thoroughly enjoyed the trip to the Abbey.  Many of our children had never been to such a grand place, never heard choristers or the organ before!  Their enjoyment was very evident and as one little girl said, 'it just gets more beautifuller all the time!'  It was a very memorable experience for all of us.  Your choice of songs were fantastic and really reflected the make up of our school.  They sang beautifully and I was so proud of them all.”


Free Advice Sheets

Why Sing?    find out here

Power-Packed 5-minuters    singing activities throughout the day

Incorporating Singing    how to make singing a part of everthing

Singing in Y7 and Y8   how to continue good singing into KS3

How to Choose a Song  what to look for

Singing in Parts  how to start adding harmony to your singing

Singing Resource Books to buy

In partnership with “Sing Up” and the University of Hertfordshire, two resource books have been developed to enable primary school teachers embed singing in the daily life of their school.

These two books, Off We Go and Moving On Up, contain a wide selection of simple, unaccompanied songs with actions, along with tips of how these can be used in the classroom to  support literacy, numeracy and a creative curriculum.

The repertoire in Book 1, Off We Go is most suitable for Key Stage 1 and Book 2 Moving on Up is suited to Key Stage 2 although both can be used across the Key Stages.

There is also a CD of the songs inside for the class teacher. Through these songs the key musical skills of finding a pulse, identifying a rhythm and phrase can be taught.

Book 1 also contains a DVD of the actions to the songs as an “aid memoire” to the performance. A DVD is available for Book 2 and can be purchased on request.

The songs can be used as the basis for a whole lesson or as a 5-minute filler - a resource that is at the tip of your fingers when the computer and interactive whiteboard are not working and the school network is down!

The packs are available at £15 each

For more information contact:
Linda Small
St Albans Music School, Townsend Drive, St Albans AL3 5RL
01727 860941 (option 3) : linda.small@hertfordshire.gov.uk 


Click on this picture to go to the SingUp website - you can listen to songs but will need to be a member to download them. The site is now subscription based.