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National Recognition - 11 March 2015 -

National Recognition

The following report featured on a national website run by Music Mark, the national organisation for Music Services, teachers and hubs:


Ukelele project transforms music lessons in Wirral

Musical Routes is the music education Hub for Wirral with Cheshire West and Chester and is led by the two local authority music services working in partnership. As part of their core roles, they have been providing whole class music lessons in their special schools. The programs up to now have included steel pans, African drums and percussion.

Following the change in the National Curriculum, Neil Watson, the Quality Assurance Manager for Wirral Schools’ Music Service (one of the hub partners), decided to challenge two of his special schools by changing the instrument provision to ukuleles. Hayfield School in Upton, Wirral and Stanley school in Pensby Wirral have been parties to the new project.

The results so far have astounded both Neil and the teachers in the schools. There has been a transformation in the attitude and willingness to participate in music lessons.

Neil is quick to point out that the success of the projects so far, have relied on the full participation and enthusiasm of the teaching staff from both schools and the enthusiasm of the pupils.

The project has used a combination of Ukulele Magic and Charanga’s Ukulele course to underpin pupils’ learning. The results have shown greater concentration, vastly improved experiential experience for the less able students ably supported by their staff, better fine motor skills practice and a real willingness to learn and improve.

At Hayfield, the staff has been keenly competing to obtain use of the ukuleles for their classes and the progress has been really good especially in the class that has managed to practice every day. The deputy head teacher has noted the astonishing change in the school and the transformation of the enthusiasm and energy that the ukuleles have inspired in the staff and pupils.

At Stanley, the concentration and participation has improved tremendously. It is wonderful to see pupils, who have a daily struggle with life, transfixed with concentration and thoroughly enjoying their learning and experience.

- See more at: http://www.musicmark.org.uk/members/magazine-features/ukelele-project-transforms-music-lessons-wirral#sthash.guBHQMd2.dpuf

Pianist wanted - 04 November 2014 -

Wirral Schools' Big Band urgently require a pianist/keyboard player.  Please contact the Music Service office on 0151 346 6699

Instrumental Vacancies - 03 November 2014 -

Wirral Schools' Big Band currently have vacancies for trumpet and trombone players and urgently require a pianist.

Wirral Schools' Brass Band require tuba players.

If you are interested in filling these vacancies then please contact the Music Service office on 0151 346 6699

Welcome To Glenn - 03 November 2014 -

Wirral Schools' Music Service would like to welcome the appointment of Mr Glenn Thomas as the new conductor of the Wirral Schools' Big Band.  Glenn brings with him a wealth of experience after serving as a musician with the British Army.

Musical Routes Newsletter February 2014 - 05 February 2014 -

Click here to read the latest newsletter from Musical Routes, the music education hub for Wirral with Cheshire West and Chester.

Wirral kids are bold as brass! - 03 February 2014 -

Youngsters at a Wirral Primary have found a perfect way of dispelling that "brassed off with school" feeling – by tickling a tuba and caressing a cornet.
Scholars as young as six to 11 have generated sufficient lung power to form a brass band at Christ the King Catholic Primary School in Bromborough.

Musical Routes Newsletter - 25 June 2013 -

The June 2013 Musical Routes Newsletter is now available - click here to read!
The summary from our inital needs analysis with schools can be accessed here.

Come Play With A Band Week -

Come Play With a Band Week



Are you thinking it is time to move up or to join a higher standard band or orchestra but are worried that you don’t meet the grade?


Do you play a musical instrument of at least grade 3 standard?


Then come and join us on our Come Play With a Band week.


During the week beginning the 22 June all of our senior groups will be opening their doors to new players to come and try the bands out. It will give young musicians the opportunity to see how they like the band (orchestra, choir) and to see if they are of the right standard. If successful then new players will join the ensemble in September


The ensembles rehearse on the following days:


Wirral Schools’ Brass Band – Monday evening from 7.00 until 9.00 pm

(Cornets/trumpets/tenor horns/ euphoniums/trombones/tubas/percussion)


Wirral Schools’ Big Band – Tuesday evening 7.00 pm until 9.00 pm



Sounds Central Young Voices (choir) -Thursday evening 6.00 pm until 7.30 pm

(Male and female voices)


Wirral Schools’ Orchestra – Friday evening 7.00 pm until 9.00 pm



Wirral Schools’ Concert Band – Saturday morning 9.30 am until noon






















All rehearsals take place at the Joseph Paxton Campus

Park Road North

Claughton, Ch41 0EZ

www.wirralschoolsmusicservice.co.uk – tel 0151 666 4885

Muscal Routes Hub Gathering 3rd July 2015 -

Click here to the flyer for the hub gathering of Musical Routes, the music education hub for Wirral with Cheshire West and Chester.

Musical Routes Hub Newsletter No 4 -

Click here to read the latest newsletter from Musical Routes, the music education hub for Wirral with Cheshire West and Chester.

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