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Dorset Music Service's Singing Strategy

The government has set core roles for hubs to ensure national consistency and equality of opportunity, one of them being to develop a singing strategy to ensure that every pupil sings regularly and that choirs and other vocal ensembles are available in the area.

In Dorset the singing strategy funding is distributed via clusters of schools where they work together to access innovative providers to take singing in their schools to the next level. The strategy which guides the development of this project can be seen here: Singing Strategy DMEH 2018 to 2019

Singing strategy projects for 2017 to 2018

Please see the variety of ways the funding has supported singing in schools across the county:

PyramidPrioritiesSinging activityDelivered by

To give students the opportunity to perform confidently in a range of solo and ensemble contexts.

A choral festival featuring individual schools and whole pyramid performances.

Nick Harris 

Andy Smith


To develop part singing across the cluster relevant to age and ability. Singing challenging musical theatre repertoire.

All schools to learn new songs with singing professional in preparation for performing with others. A day of rehearsals and an evening performance at Weymouth Pavilion. Martine Burt

To develop singing across schools with a regular large-scale performance. To focus on Years 4 -8 and transition.

A 30 minute weekly singing session with Year four and eight students at each school, leading up to the concerts in The Priory Church Use of two singing specialists to share the schools

To promote singing in Reception, Year 1 and 2.

To perform together and build a singing hub across Christchurch.

Singing workshops in every school to prepare for a showcase of schools singing individually and together. Sharing of resources and musical collaboration and teacher CPD.

Use of two singing specialists to share the schools
Corfe Hills To introduce students to the style of gospel singing. To perform with a live band and record on CD. Vocal workshops at Lockyer's Middle School during the summer term for Year fours from the main feeder schools, including pupils from Lockyer's (around 50 in total) with a final concert to parents Root Academy

To engage more boys in singing through the genre of rock music, encouraging better performance skills.

To increase access for KS1 students and teachers to singing specialists to improve singing across Dorchester First schools.

Middle schools will engage in rock band workshops with a focus on boy's participation, performance and music making. Cumulating with a Battle of the Bands.

Music specialists will regularly visit First schools to lead singing sessions in KS1 and Yr 4 students to develop annual concert repertoire.

Investment in the development of choirs including a new pop choir.

Steve Wilson

Jane Joy

Hanna Trevorrow

Liz Radford


To promote whole school singing and composing working with professional musicians to leave a musical legacy.

Schools will compose a school song with a visiting music specialist.

Cathy Murray


To mount a combined pyramid choir performance.

To provide support to enable all schools to run a weekly choir.

Weekly rehearsals run by a combination of teachers and external providers. A workshop rehearsal in each school and a final performance at Lytchett Minster School. Brittany Soriano
Shaftesbury To enable children to improvise and compose songs through inspirational input from professional musicians. The children will work with a singer song writer to compose and perform their own song. Regularly weekly sessions will lead to a final performance. Children will learn to play basic chords, melodies and rhythms. Beth Goudie

To encourage primary age boys to sing and all children to develop an ability to sing in harmony.

To provide students with a stylistic knowledge and awareness of musical theatre.

Musical theatre regular workshop sessions for all involved to learn the songs and associated dance moves! Joint primary schools concert of Oliver songs performed with a small secondary school band made up of The Gryphon 6thForm student. Alistair Dean


Nat Wilsher


To learn about song composition and work alongside a professional composer to create a school song.

A day of collaborative working by all children in each school to create a school song which reflects the school's values and unique character. Liz Radford
Special Schools To develop confidence when singing and performing as a combined choir with a samba band. Singing opportunities will involve students working together as a combined choir learning new songs and chants themes around the 2018 World Cup. Ralph Cree


Glyn Bush


To sing in two/three-part harmony.

To create a sense of pride and enjoyment through a pyramid performance, raising the profile of singing.

Coaching of KS2 choirs at each participating school cumulating with a pyramid performance to parents and the community. Kathie Prince

To learn to listen when singing and promote confidence in singing harmonies.

Schools will participate in workshops on listening skills and part singing. Students and teachers will learn new songs that will be recorded on to CD for use in schools beyond the project. Liz Radford
Sturminster Newton

To develop confidence and skills of teachers to lead singing.

To create pride and enjoyment in performance.

To foster the love of singing and music-making.

The schools involved will work with singing professionals to compose a song for the pyramid on the theme: A Song for the World!

Helen Coombs


Jan Keen

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