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Fortwilliam Park, Belfast,
BT15 4AR,
028 9078 4200
 Moving Music Forward
‘Moving Music Forward’ Class Music Support in Primary Schools

The Class Music Support Team provides curriculum support in Music in EA Belfast Region  nursery, infant, primary and special schools through:
  • Class teaching/support
  • Advisory visits
  • Music Makers
  • Sing Out!
  • Carol Parties
Class teaching/support

The role of the CMS teacher is to support the non-specialist and give them the confidence and skills to teach music. In lessons children learn to sing, perform and work creatively with sound. (The Northern Ireland Primary Curriculum) Pupils have the opportunity to interact with one another and have 'hands-on' experience through the use of simple tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments and/or recorder. Activities are always appropriate and enjoyable.

INSET CMS teachers are available to provide in-service training for teachers either in their own schools or at the School of Music.
Advisory visits

CMS teachers are happy to visit schools and meet with Principals and Music Co-ordinators to advise on resources and/or to discuss music policies and schemes of work in relation to the Northern Ireland Primary Curriculum.

Music Makers

Music Makers projects take place every term for different year groups: Autumn (Years 4/5), Spring (Years 6/7), Summer (Years 1-3). Each school may send one class (max. 30 children) to each session. The class teacher is invited to a 'Teach-In' at the beginning of term when teaching materials distributed. Later in the term, classes from 5 or 6 different schools meet at CBSM to sing together the songs they have learned and to perform their individual composed item.

Sing Out!

Sing Out! This KS2 choral project was launched in September 2008 and, to date,  Teams of Class Music Support specialists facilitate singing workshops on a weekly basis over 6-7 weeks in clusters of primary schools. At the end of each project the schools come together to showcase their work in a Community Concert, sharing the programme with bands and orchestras from the City of Belfast School of Music.

Carol Party

The Carol Party takes place in either the Ulster Hall or Waterfront Hall each year. This event is sponsored by  Belfast City Council. This event is usually enjoyed by over 2000 children and teachers. Schools are invited to send a group of not more than 50 children ,This event gives  children  from different backgrounds the opportunity to sing together and experience live music. which is performed by the City of Belfast Youth Concert Band .It is a wonderful opportunity for children to learn how to perform together in a beautiful venue.