SMS Online Resources

 

Dear Parents/Carers,
We hope this finds you well in these extraordinary times and that you are doing your best to stay safe and well.
With the novelty of school closures wearing thin on our pupils/children we are delighted to announce the arrival of our online resources for all our music students and the wider community.
Please click on the online resources tab. 
Here you will finds lots of different musical activities to get involved in.
At the top of the page you will find a link to our You Tube Tuition channel where pupils can play along or learn to play different pieces with some of the SMS staff. (Please be aware this will continue to grow as time goes on)
Underneath this tab you will find resources for the different instrument groups, just click on the relevant link and it will take you to the instrument page. There you will find some links to online music sessions or further links to specific levels for particular instruments. If you are involved in the Whole Class Ensemble Tuition programme there is also material for you to practice.
At the bottom of the opening page you will find links to classroom based lessons – which we hope is something the whole family can get involved with. This will develop further as we add more resources in partnership with our schools.
The whole website is live and we will continue to add and develop it further over the coming weeks and months to make sure our young musicians get get the most from it.
We will send out regular tweets via @musicsolihull as we add further resources. (Please make sure you are following us!)
Please encourage your children to practise at least half an hour every day. There is also the fantastic opportunity to learn together as a family, as we are all stuck at home at this present time. We hope that every family will learn a song to sing per week as we know that will spread at little happiness. (Backing tracks for songs can be found under our vocal lesson tab)
Please keep checking back to the website and twitter feed as we will continue to update you.
Get those instruments out…….sing out loud……stay safe and look after each other.
We hoped you enjoyed Solihull’s involvement in the Big Play Day on Friday 27th March. If you missed any of it you can find performance’s here.
Best wishes
SMS Staff

Welcome to the Big Play Day #BigPlay2020

Big Play Day
Today is the Big Play Day, the final event of the Big Music Month of March (and the only one that hasn’t been hit by our enforced closures!)  For those who haven’t been involved it is a celebration of music in schools around the West Midlands region. Schools have uploaded one minute of music to the West Midlands Music website. Each schools video will be promoted at a specific time of the day. The Solihull schools times are listed below. More than 150 schools around the region are taking part.

9.30 Tidbury Green School
10.00 Peterbrook Primary School @Peterbrook_PS
10.27 George Fentham Endowed School
11.00 Haslucks Green Junior School @haslucksinfo
11.36 St Mary and St Margaret’s Primary School @StMandMPrimary
11.51 Hall Green School
12.39 Monkspath Junior and Infant School @MonkspathSchool
13.21 Dickens Heath Community Primary School
13.42 Our Lady of The Wayside Catholic Primary School @OLwayside
14.18 Lady Katherine Leveson CE Primary School @LadyKSch
15.24 Greswold Primary School @greswoldschool
16.24 St Augustines Catholic Primary School @StAugsCPS
16.33 Balsall Common Primary School: @BalsallCommonPS
16.48 Shirley Heath Junior School @ShirleyHeathJS

To watch the video about the Big Play Day 
CLICK HERE 
You can get involved by

  • Subscribe to the Big Month of Music YouTube Channel
  • Follow @WestMidlandsMu1 on Twitter and like on Facebook
  • When our school’s film are profiled: watch it, share it, comment on it.

Enjoy the day and the performances!

 

SMS update 26th March 2020

Dear Parents/carers

Thank you all for your support during these challenging times for all of us.

As you will be aware we are currently unable to offer face to face lessons with our pupils and are following the current government advice.

We are in the process of gathering together resources that your children can access so that they can still carry on their musical learning journey at this time.

We are spending our time currently compiling this resource and hope for all of this to go live on Monday. You will be able to find this at www.solihullmusicservice.com

Further details will follow this weekend via the website and the SMS twitter feed @musicsolihull.

Friday 27th of March is our Big Play day. Over 160 schools in the West Midlands have taken part and recorded 1 minute of music that will be uploaded on to the West Midlands Music YouTube channel tomorrow. Many Solihull Schools are taking part so if you can follow it on the sites below. Please encourage your children to watch it and celebrate a day of music with us. The running order for the Solihull schools taking part has been shared on our twitter account.

Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/WestMidlandsMusiceducation)

Twitter (@WestMidlandsMu1)

West Midlands Music website: https://www.westmidlandsmusic.org.uk/

West Midlands Music YouTube Channel:  

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSikRECMtq1vSEti92wWE5g/

In the meantime keep an eye on our website and twitter feed and we will keep you updated of our progress.

March 17th COVID 19 Update

Good afternoon.

Following the update yesterday about the Councils decision to cancel all SMS ensembles, events and SMC I am now able to update you with further developments.

Trinity Music Exams

These will be suspended from Wednesday 18th March (Trinity have made this decision).

They are hoping to reschedual at a later date. When we have more information we will let you know.

These decisions have been made by the schools.

Centre Lessons: Arden and Lyndon School have made the following decision.

All after school lessons at Lyndon School have been cancelled until further notice (starting tonight – Tuesday 17th March)

All after school lessons at Arden School have been cancelled until further notice (starting Wednesday 18th March) – lessons are on as normal tonight.

The following schools have requested we do not go in and teach until further notice.

Alderbrook

Heart Of England

Tudor Grange – Kingshurst

Tudor Grange – Solihull

Light Hall

Langley Secondary

Arden

Smithwood Secondary

Langley Primary

Haslucks Green

Our Lady Of Compassion

Ulverley

St Margret’s

We will continue to keep you updated as the situation develops

 

Solihull Music Service COVID19- Update

For Parents/Carers of all pupils in the SMS ensembles, Concerts and Saturday Music Centre:

Following advice, Solihull Council has taken the decision to postpone any multi-school events (sports, music) that have been organised. This unfortunately includes all SMS ensembles, concerts and Saturday Music Centre up to the Easter holidays. You will understand we are extremely disappointed to have to take this course of action, but we have to put staff and pupils health and well-being at the forefront of every decision we make.

Lessons in individual schools and after school lessons will continue as normal unless we are told differently.

As the situation is changing  daily we will keep you informed of any new developments via our website www.solihullmusicservice.com or via twitter @musicsolihull

Thank you for your understanding and support at  this difficult time, will keep you updated when we have more information.