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Easter Music Programme for 2021

Usually at this time of year we are getting ready for the annual Surrey Arts Easter Music week, a fun packed week of a variety of residential and non-residential music courses and workshops. Unfortunately due to the current lockdown the week has had to be cancelled for a second year. However, following the success of last summer’s online music and art activities (SMASH) we will be running an exciting week of workshops and videos from Monday 12 – Friday 16 April. These activities will include music production & music composition, multiple singing workshops, arts workshops, piano tasters, Celtic folk strings and much, much more. Registration is required for the live sessions and you can watch the recorded video tuitions for free by following Surrey Arts on social media. The timetable and registration details are now available.

Sing Along Sessions

Do you love to sing? Have a go at one of our online singing workshops in pop, jazz standards, music theatre, opera and more.

Find out more about our vocal tutors

12 – 16 April

Show Song Sing-along

Have a show stopping sing with some favourites from the world of Music Theatre!

  • Wednesday 14 April
  • 10.00 – 11.00am
  • Level or age: Children and teens aged 10+
  • Session delivered LIVE via Zoom
  • Cost: £10 per session
  • Registration required: Yes
  • Maximum numbers: 12

Register and pay

Pop Song Sing-along

Back by popular demand! Last summer’s Pop Song Singalong was sold out, so we’re making it even bigger and better this year! Have fun singing along to your favourites!

  • Friday 16 April
  • 10.00 – 11.00am
  • Level or age: Ages 8-13 years old
  • Session delivered LIVE via Zoom
  • Cost: £10 per session
  • Registration required: Yes
  • Maximum numbers: 12

Register and pay

Courses and workshops 2019/2020

Easter Music Courses for 5th to 9th April 2020. Registration opens in October.

Easter Music Course

Running for over 40 years, the next Easter Music Course is from Sunday 5 – Thursday 9 April 2020. Bookings are now open.

Other workshops

Surrey Arts run a variety of music workshops throughout the year for young people. These range from instrumental master classes to instrument skills, DJ & music production with experienced tutors. Workshops are held during school holidays, after school or at weekends all over the county. 

DJ & Music Production

DJ & Music Production – a chance to learn how to beat match tracks and produce some unique beats of your own.

A unique half day workshop for young people to learn the art of DJ-ing and an introduction to music technology in a fun and educational way. Use mixing consoles to beat match , blend, cut, paste and scratch music to create a DJ mix. No previous musical experience necessary.

Saturday 14 December – The Bridge Youth Centre, Leatherhead KT22 7RB

8 – 16 year olds – 10.00am – 1.00pm

Monday 6 April – Royal Alexandra & Albert School, Redhill

8 – 11 year olds – 9.00am – 12.00pm 
11 – 16 year olds – 1.00 – 4.00pm

Book now

Coming soon

Guitar skills – a workshop designed to bring together young guitarists who want to improve their skills while playing with other musicians. 

Singing workshops – come and sing choral songs with Surrey Youth Choir tutors in a fun and relaxed environment with other young singers.  

Summer Singing Courses

Surrey Arts is excited to offer singing workshops for young vocalistsaged 8 – 13 years during the Summer Holidays.

The workshop will include fun and light repertoire such as jazz and musical theatre. No previous singing experience is needed and no need to be able to read music.

The workshops will be led by professional tutors from Surrey County Youth Choir including vocal coach Bimbi Shaw-Cotterill and will end in a short performance.

Summer Singing for 8 – 13 year olds

Howard of Effingham School, Lower Rd, Effingham, Leatherhead KT24 5JR

Wednesday 2 and 9 August 2017

2pm – 4pm

Just £20 per workshop

For more information please call Surrey Arts on 01483 519290

Apply online

Play and perform

Joining a group or ensemble is a great way to develop your learning and perform with other musicians and in front of audiences. There are over 50 performing ensembles in Surrey for beginners and the experienced musician both youth and adults. These include area and county ensembles as well as youth and adult choirs.

Our music groups offer young people a chance to rehearse and perform with others, make new friends and improve their playing. Groups and ensembles rehearse once a week, and perform a number of times each year in schools and professional venues.

Local groups can also be found in our Search Tool or our partner Making Music’s website.

Area ensembles
County ensembles

These groups and ensembles rehearse once a week and give regular concerts, performing a number of times each year in schools and professional venues. Many also go on overseas concert tours.

Guildford Sinfonia
Woking Wind Orchestra

Surrey Arts provides two ensembles for experienced adult musician.
Apply online.
Singing groups

For young vocalists there is the Surrey County Youth Orchestra and Youth Training Choirs as well as choirs for children with SEND. There are also choirs for carers as well as many community choirs across the county.
Easter Music Course

Running for over 40 years, dates for next year’s Easter Music Course 2020 will be available in July.
Music Courses and Workshops in the Holidays

Including orchestra taster workshops, singing workshops, guitar workshops and more.
Guitar LIVE

Weekly workshop sessions for young guitarists to develop playing skills.
Current venues are in Woking and Leatherhead.
I Speak Music

A new project launched by Surrey Music Hub to bring together professionals who work with, or have an interest in supporting newly arrived and vulnerable young people (for example, young asylum seekers, young refugees, young people who have been trafficked to UK) through the arts and music.
Workshops & masterclasses

A chance to learn from some of the best musicians in the country or try an instrument in a short workshop.

Saturday Music Zone

A day of music opportunities in Leatherhead for all abilities – guitar workshop, DJ workshop and UP! Orchestra

Easter Music Courses 2020

Coronavirus – update 19 March: ALL Surrey Arts activities CANCELLED

Following the latest Government advice relating to public gatherings, non-essential contact and social distancing, it has been decided to cancel all Surrey Arts activities until further notice including ensemble rehearsals, concerts, lessons, activities, and the Surrey Arts Easter Music Course. All upcoming exams are also cancelled.

Surrey Arts are continually monitoring the situation relating to the impact of the coronavirus and are following guidance given by Surrey County Council and Public Health England. We will keep in contact with our customers by e-mail and SMS on any changes to planned activities. Please contact us by e-mail: rather than by phone if you have specific queries.

We appreciate your patience during this period.

Music Professional Development Day

A fantastic opportunity for all music teachers and educators to reflect, refresh and re-invigorate their teaching practice. 

Welcome to the 2021 Music Professional Development Day. We have put a programme together of specialist networks and training sessions for classroom music teachers.

Over the course of the day, Surrey Arts’ Music CPD Day will provide a varied range of workshops aimed at the current needs of music teachers and leaders working in educational settings.   

There will be a range of content with offers suitable for specialist and non-specialist teachers at all key stages as well as workshops specifically looking at the new Model Music Curriculum and how this document can be used to help improve the musical outcomes of the young people you work with.  

Our main MMC workshops for primary and secondary phases have been timetabled for lunchtime and after school slots so we that we can make it as easy as possible for you to attend these sessions. The day will be held remotely using Zoom allowing all participants to join safely and conveniently. 

The Programme

Friday 25 June 2021

Drop-in surgeries available at 11.30am and 1.30pm. See below for details.

The Sessions

10.00 – 11.30am

School Singing Restart with the Voices Foundation 
Get ready to restart your school singing with the help of the Voices Foundation! Topics will cover ideas for re-engaging children with singing, vocal health (for children and teachers), effective lesson structures, and a look at some songs within and beyond the new Model Music Curriculum, including songs from different genres and cultures. 

Voices Foundation has been working since 1993 to help schools, academies, Music Education Hubs and other partners across the UK to establish sustainable and effective music education in their settings. They work to transform music in schools by developing teachers’ knowledge, skills and confidence in how to teach music effectively. 

Urban Music role and relevance in education settings:  Jack Kingslake 
During this training session participants will learn about the history and origins of the current popular underground music genres and their connection to the social issues that young people are facing. The trainer will also demonstrate how as practitioner we can help young people make authentic sounding tracks using commonly used sequencing software. 

11.30am – 12.00pm 

Charanga Surgery 

Lydia Dalby, specialist trainer from the Charanga team will be on hand to answer any of your questions about Charanga, and offer you any support you might need for using this resource in your school. 
Also available at 1.30pm   

11.30am – 12.00pm   

Surrey Arts Liaison  

Talk to Surrey Arts managers about music provision at your school.  How Surrey Arts can help boost instrumental music for your students, and help support your music curriculum 

11.30am – 12.00pm   

Vocal Surgery  

An update on guidance for singing within the Covid-19 parameters, with an opportunity for questions and discussion.  Led by Nancy Gilio-Terry, Surrey Arts’ Vocal Lead 

12.00 – 1.30pm 

Listening and Appraising at KS3 through an EDI lens: Sam Spence (Cancelled)

As a response to the new MMC document we look at how schools can put together their own listening repertoire lists and how you can ensure you are being fully inclusive in your approach to listening and appraising in their curriculum.   Can the process of appraising itself build up barriers to learning?  How should schools best approach a listening curriculum that prepares students for external examinations as well as reflecting diverse cultures and children’s own interests.  

Primary Music Network:  The Model Music Curriculum:  Dr. Alison Daubnay

Join us for a discussion-based workshop around the new Model Music Curriculum and how it sits with the National Curriculum, the National Plan for Music Education and published music education schemes.   

This session offers an opportunity for primary teachers, whether music specialists or class teachers, to reflect on the music curriculum and wider music offer in their school through exploring and critiquing the new Model Music Curriculum, identifying key strengths in their own curriculum offer and potential areas of future development through universal provision. 

1.30 – 2.00pm 

Charanga Surgery 

Lydia Dalby, specialist trainer from the Charanga team will be on hand to answer any of your questions about Charanga, and offer you any support you might need for using this resource in your school.    

1.30 – 2.00pm 

Whole Class projects Surgery  (WCET / Tuning Up)  

Chat informally with our School team about how  Surrey Whole Class Ensemble Teaching (WCET) can work for your schools.   Find out more about the Surrey WCET offer, with various options so we can tailor the best package for your students. 

1.30 – 2.00pm 

Surrey Arts Music Tech Surgery   

Surrey Arts’ Jim Pinchen can help you with all your music tech questions and problems.  Come and ask about anything music tech that you need support with, (no matter how minor) and Jim will do his best to help.   What is the best solution for recording in class?  Top tips for making a top class mix with your students, and much more…. 

2.00 – 3.30pm

Pop Song Selection and Arranging for Young Voices : Lee Reynolds 
A practical session for teachers looking for guidance on what to consider when selecting popular songs for young developing voices to sing, along with recommendations for arranging songs. Led by Lee Reynolds, this session will cover topics including range, melodic lines, adaptation of lyrics, stumbling blocks to look out for, methods of teaching, and some ideas for arrangements that use techniques to reduce the amount of bioaerosols produced during singing. This first session will be suitable for teachers new to selecting songs for children and young singers. Teachers are welcome to provide names of pop songs they are considering for use in their school (see workshop registration form). 

Lee Reynolds is a music leader and arranger, in addition to being the Associate Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. His vocal arrangements for young people have been performed in schools across the UK, as well as in the education programmes of English National Opera, the London Symphony Orchestra, Glyndebourne, the Royal Opera House and the National Youth Choir. Lee also enjoys a busy career as a conductor, working in opera and symphonic repertoire across Europe. 

Musical approaches to working with students with different needs: Ben Bastin 
How to adapt your music curriculum to be inclusive for all students. Musical approaches to working with young people with different needs. Recognising those needs and how to adapt your practice to help the participant reach their full potential.  

3.45 – 4.45pm 

Secondary Music Network:  The Model Music Curriculum: Dr. Alison Daubnay  (Cancelled)

What does the new Model Music Curriculum mean for my secondary school?   Join us for a discussion-based workshop where we will reflect upon and critique the new Model Music Curriculum and what it means in practice in your own setting.  The workshop will help you to identify strengths and potential areas for development in your own curriculum and wider school offer, and to consider how ideas from the MMC might be integrated into your own KS3 curriculum in order to secure inspiring universal provision.

Djembe for the primary classroom: Simon Cambers

A practical workshop on how to establish and teach west African drumming in your classroom.   Practical approaches, resource ideas, classroom management. 

4.45 – 5.45pm

Open discussion and network groups

How to book

The cost for the day is £30 single ticket price for Surrey school delegates. Bookings are through the Surrey County Council Services for Schools Portal or through Eventbrite

If you have any difficulties making your booking or require further information please email

Home and School Activities

Early Years and SEND Classes

Singing with Caroline – Part 1  Fun warm-ups and songs with Surrey Arts SEND tutor Caroline Pearce. Suitable for children aged 5-7 too!

Singing with Caroline – Part 2  More warm-ups and songs with Surrey Arts SEND tutor Caroline Pearce. Suitable for children aged 5-7 too!

Singing with Caroline – Part 3  More warm-ups and songs with Surrey Arts SEND tutor Caroline Pearce. Suitable for children aged 5-7 too!

Singing with Caroline – Part 4  More warm-ups and songs with Surrey Arts SEND tutor Caroline Pearce. Suitable for children aged 5-7 too!

Classics for Kids Completely free – games, audio files and information about composers. Good for young beginners.

Sing Up Home Schooling Area  Sing Up has made available their collection of free resources and activities to keep children and young people learning and singing outside of school. New resources will be added regularly.

BBC 10 Pieces At Home  These are simple weekly activities where children will be encouraged to watch a Ten Pieces film and then do a creative activity in response. Activities are fun, simple and require no specialist equipment. Our hope is that these will be useful activities for teachers to send to their students working at home.

Royal Opera House “Create and Learn” Whether you’re looking for simple activities, a creative home-schooling project, or theatre-craft fun, Create and Learn invites you to explore the magical world of the theatre from home. Each week we’ll bring you FREE fun, new activities to get you singing, dancing and making.

BBC Bring the Noise Project – free primary school music, songs and resources for teachers, pupils and parents.

Primary School Ages

Vocal Warmup with Catherine  Surrey Youth Training Choir conductor Catherine McKay-Upcott leads a short vocal warm-up for SYTC which is suitable for all young singers.

Singing Playgrounds At Home A host of free songs and videos from Ex Cathedra’s award-winning Singing Playgrounds.

Ping Pong Ball Song  Surrey Youth Choir conductor Cole Bendall leads an active warm-up song.

Pass the Cup! A fun rhythmic game to play at home or in school. How many levels can you reach?

Pass the Cup Level 2!  Can you pass Level 2 and make up your own new levels?

Bananas of the World Unite! Surrey Youth Choir conductor Cole Bendall with another active warm-up song.

My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean  Surrey Arts singing teacher Cerys Reading teaches actions, words and music to “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean”. Can you do all three?

Beat Goes On  Free online body percussion sessions with Ollie Tunmer of the Beat Goes On

Vocal Warmup with Ruth  Surrey Arts singing teacher Ruth Munro leads some exercises to get children’s voices warmed up and ready for singing.

Alive, Awake, Alert!  Surrey Arts tutor Ambie DeSoutter teaches a fun song with actions to wake you up!

Introduction to the Surrey Youth Training Choir  Surrey Youth Training Choir conductor Catherine McKay-Upcott gives a brief introduction to the choir and what it’s like to be a member.

Introductory Guide to Drum Kit  Surrey Arts percussion teacher Jason Reay provides an introductory guide to the drum kit for new players. Get your sticks out and play along!

Junkyard Percussion with Surrey Arts   Explore beat-making with everyday items you have at home and mix up some sounds! Before you get started with this video by Surrey Arts teacher Jason Reay, see if you can find one or more of the following items (remember to ask permission first): tub / box, metal dish, cardboard tube, wooden spoons or chop sticks x 2. Have fun!

Body Percussion with Surrey Arts  Surrey Arts percussion teacher Mike Wheeler gives a demonstration and mini-lesson to help you get started with body percussion — use your body to build up a groove!

West African Drumming with Surrey Arts   Surrey Arts percussion tutors, John Overton and Trevor Walker introduce and delve into West African Drumming together and provide creative ways to recreate the musical sounds from the great African plains at home.

Samba Workshop Part 1 – Make Some Instruments!  Surrey Arts percussion tutor Peter Reyner gives an introduction to Samba and shows you how to make your own percussion instruments from things you’ll find around the house to play this exciting music. Have fun and get creative!

Samba Workshop Part 2 – Get Playing!  Surrey Arts percussion tutor Peter Reyner continues with an introductory Samba workshop that you can take part in using the instruments you made in Part 1. Get playing!

Out of the Ark: A Song A Day  Keep children entertained and spirits high with a song a day from Out of the Ark

Classics for Kids Completely free – games, audio files and information about composers. Good for young beginners.

Sing Up Home Schooling Area  Sing Up has made available their collection of free resources and activities to keep children and young people learning and singing outside of school. New resources will be added regularly.

Bollywood Brass on YouTube  Bollywood Brass have made a fun resource for schools and home learning – a lockdown ‘play along’ video of a classic Bollywood song Dum Maro Dum. Young players can download the parts from this link and play along!

 BBC 10 Pieces At Home  These are simple weekly activities where children will be encouraged to watch a Ten Pieces film and then do a creative activity in response. Activities are fun, simple and require no specialist equipment. Our hope is that these will be useful activities for teachers to send to their students working at home.

Royal Opera House “Create and Learn” Whether you’re looking for simple activities, a creative home-schooling project, or theatre-craft fun, Create and Learn invites you to explore the magical world of the theatre from home. Each week we’ll bring you FREE fun, new activities to get you singing, dancing and making.

BBC Bring the Noise Project – free primary school music, songs and resources for teachers, pupils and parents.

Play Opera with Welsh National Opera   Geared towards young children, this interactive show is designed to keep children entertained during lockdown, with educational aspects around singing, classical music, and even back stage elements such as costume and design.

BBC Bitesize lessons  KS1, KS2 KS3 and SEND music sessions covering a range of musical styles.

SEND Activities

Big Top Musical Adventures Big Top workshops are inclusive, educational and fun for everyone! Themed musical adventures which you can join in with from home.

Drake Music Scotland Music making opportunities for children and adults with disabilities. They have lots of lovely music videos you can join in with at home.

Little Amber Trust  Musical opportunities for babies and young children who are blind or partially sighted. They have 48 music activity cards and a range of songs to promote language development and also general development.

Nordoff Robbins Nordoff Robbins music therapists have a whole range of music activity videos and resources online to help families during Covid-19.

Singing Hands Makaton signed songs organised in searchable topics e.g. nursery rhymes, wild animals, colours, pop songs etc.

Sing Up Makaton songs A broad selection of signed songs suitable for younger children.

Soundabout Inclusive Choir You may want to join the choir or simply listen to some of their songs.

Soundabout live sessions Fun music sessions and daily hello songs for people of all ages with PMLD and SLD. You can watch all the previous videos or join them live at 2pm every Tuesday and Saturday on the Soundabout Facebook page.

SoundSpark Listen Up Lewisham!  A relaxed harp concert for SEND children.

General learning and fun facts

Ted.ed Talks on a variety of subjects, including music

Who invented the bass drum pedal? –  (Cornelius Ward) 

What was the first classical piece to use the triangle?

School’s Brochure 2021-22

If you want music to make a difference in your school, take a look at how Surrey Music Hub can help or contact Surrey Arts to discuss anything that isn’t covered by those services.

“We are passionate about the impact that the arts have on young people’s lives and believe that creative engagement has a place in every school. We hope that we can work together with you to give your young people the highest quality music and arts education. All of our services are flexible and can be tailored to fit best within your setting. They are also Covid safe, and delivered online with Surrey County Council safety requirements. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or other requirements as we are always happy to meet with school leaders to discuss how best to meet your individual needs.”

Sarah Lee
Head of Surrey Arts

Surrey Arts can help your class start on the exciting journey of learning to play a musical instrument.

Whole Class Ensemble Teaching (WCET) is a scheme detailed in the National Plan for Music Education with the key objective of providing all children with the opportunity to learn an instrument at no additional cost to them.

We offers two different WCET schemes to Key Stage 1 and 2 students, to suit the differing needs of schools in our county. Both options encourage young people to continue to learn in individual or group lessons and nationally have high continuation rates. 

All of our services are flexible and can be tailored to fit best within your setting.  We follow all of the County Council’s health and safety requirements, and our services can be delivered online if necessary.

First Access

School led WCET

First Access is a WCET scheme in which Surrey Arts will support you in leading your own music classes using Surrey Arts Interactive’s Charanga resources. 

Choice of instruments: Recorder, Classroom percussion and Ukulele

Surrey Arts provides: Reduced Charanga licence fees, Access to reduced-cost instrument purchase and CPD for teachers

Tuning Up

Surrey Arts led WCET

Tuning Up is a one year programme led by experienced Surrey Arts music teachers who can visit your school in person or online if required, and teach your students over the course of the year.

This can be structured as either:
One class – three terms of learning (2 or 3 different instruments across the year)
Three classes – one term each (Same instrument)

FREE instrument hire included:

Key Stage 1: Recorder, Ukulele, Singing, African percussion, Classroom percussion

Key Stage 2 – All of the above, plus: Clarinet, Brass, Guitar, Violin, PBrass (plastic instruments)

Charanga Musical School

The Charanga licence gives access to ten week-by-week lessons to teach a KS1 class to play recorder, percussion or ukulele, supporting you to deliver WCET in your school.

It also offers a complete scheme of work for the primary music curriculum, as well as additional resources for assessment, teaching, SEND and topic work.

Singing in schools dramatically improves self-esteem, helps children to be more calm and focused and increases enjoyment and engagement in class. Join Surrey Arts in celebrating a return to group singing with our range of singing opportunities for children of all ages!

Primary Festivals

The Primary Music Festivals have been running in Surrey for over 25 years and offers KS2 classes the opportunity to join forces and sing to packed auditoriums in some of the county’s largest venues with a professional backing band.

Children get the opportunity to sing a variety of music from classic to popular songs. Children learn the music in school and then come together on the concert day for an exciting group rehearsal in the concert venue. 

We also offer CPD and visits from our experienced vocal team to support the learning of the songs. 

Performances &  Projects 

Surrey Arts has opportunities for secondary school choirs and young singing leaders to take part in events such as Primary Festivals and Singing Picnics as special guest choirs and young leaders. We also have special projects with partners like the Royal Opera House (Create and Sing), the Surrey County Choirs and specialist workshops which we invite school choirs and soloists to join. Performance opportunities to inspire and showcase your singers!

School Singing Support

We are adding even more to our online singing support package with the introduction of Ex Cathedra’s award winning Singing Playgrounds Online available at a discounted rate, along with “how-to” videos created by our singing teachers. We also provide packages of support visits and CPD to help schools to start and develop their choirs. We work with your school music leader to develop their song leading skills with the help of our County Choir conductors.

Singing Picnics

An opportunity for primary school children and teachers to come together with other schools to play singing games and enjoy a picnic lunch at parks and inspirational spaces across Surrey.These are a low-cost, low-pressure way for schools to take part in group music making with an emphasis on enjoyment, well being and community without the need to prepare for a formal performance. 

CPD (face-to-face and online) is available for teachers to make it easy to take the songs learned back for use in the classroom, the choir or the playground. 

Nothing beats real musical experiences to inspire music making in your school.

From hands on come & try sessions to individual demonstrations and ensemble performances, Surrey Arts can provide unique in-school opportunities to inspire young people to learn music.

Extra-curricular Groups

Surrey Arts teachers can come to your school to lead weekly group music making.

We can provide teachers for: Choir, Orchestra, African Drumming and Samba

Or perhaps try something new like Drumline:
An exciting drum ensemble that originated in America. It is a military style marching band, incorporating various percussion instruments. Weekly classes can be delivered in small groups and students will learn to read music, play all the instruments and learn how to be part of an ensemble.

Instrumental Tuition

Surrey Arts has been providing music lessons in schools and the wider community for over 50 years, enriching the lives of hundreds of thousands of children and young people.

We provide individual or group lessons on the full range of orchestral and band instruments including: Strings, Brass, Piano, Woodwind, Voice, Percussion, Keyboard and Guitar.

Lessons can be arranged directly by the parents or you as a school may wish to purchase teacher time to allow you to choose which students participate, particularly if you are wanting to support students from low-income backgrounds, or with specific additional needs. We have the flexibility to offer online lessons into your school should it be required.

Instrument Hire

Instrument hire or our assisted instrument purchase scheme are available to all students having music lessons through Surrey Arts. Please see for more details.

Remittance Policy

There are generous discounts/concessions for those who qualify (e.g. Pupil Premium, FSM, Families receiving Universal Credit) both for instrumental lessons and instrument hire. More details available at


Our experienced teachers can deliver percussion workshops in a range of different genres such as samba, African djembes, Drumline and orchestral percussion, as appropriate to age. Students will gain an understanding of where the style of music comes from and get to play the instruments in a fun way. They will build on their rhythmic and ensemble skills.

A range of bespoke vocal workshops is on offer including music theatre, “Make A Mash Up”, part singing, performance skills, changing voices, vocal confidence, vocal health, playground songs, and choir tune-ups. These could be delivered directly to your students, or to teachers or both together.

Live Experiences

Surrey Arts can provide various options for live music experiences in your school.

From individual musicians performing in assemblies, to larger groups (brass, strings, jazz or mixed groups) who can share the joy of live music as well as educating your students on the range of experiences learning an instrument can provide.

Music Production

Music production classes are growing in popularity and give students who may have avoided music in the past the opportunity to create their own sound.

Surrey Arts can provide experienced tutors to deliver a range of bespoke music technology, music production or DJ workshops in which students learn DJ skills such as beat matching, blending, cutting and scratching to create a mix.
They can also complete their own creative compositions on professional technology and are free to study and compose in a range of styles from grime to dubstep or rock to hip-hop.

We can work with your school to offer: In-school class tuition, DJ class workshops, After school clubs, Online music production and Grades in music technology using the Rock School syllabus.

Surrey Arts offers a wide range of support for the training and development of school based staff.


We offer regular twilight training sessions in person and online as well as more in-depth CPD days and conferences to help you find ways to better educate your students.

We also facilitate networking sessions for teachers in primary, secondary and SEND settings which can offer in depth curriculum advice and support either through our own experienced practitioners or by signposting you to other organisations.

For our secondary education colleagues we offer a secondary music network which hosts annual exam moderation support.

Model Lessons & Workshops

Are you holding a themed day, or performing arts week?

Why not combine two needs in one go, and use a Surrey Arts teacher to work with your children on the theme of your choice, whilst the teachers watch and get new ideas for their music teaching?

From water, to the Romans, to St Lucia, music workshops can make a theme day come alive!

Bespoke Training for your School

Members of our primary team can run INSET sessions, model class music lessons – or anything else that could help support your teachers to deliver a broad, rich and deep curriculum.

We can meet with your Head Teacher or music leader to discuss how music can be developed at your school and what Surrey Arts has to offer, as well as provide practical help training the staff team with twilight sessions such as “Music for the terrified”!

Secondary support is available either from the Surrey Arts team, or by signposting you to local expertise to ensure you receive the most focused help to support you in your curriculum development.
For all keys stages, we can offer advice on preparing for an Ofsted Deep Dive and share the wisdom of those who have already gone through the process.

Online Resources

Enhance your school’s music curriculum with digital resources for classroom settings.

In order to give schools an informed choice about online tools to support the music curriculum, we have been able to pilot and support some leading digital resources.
Please contact us if you would like more information on any of these services.

Singing Playgrounds (KS2 – KS3)
The award-winning whole-school singing programme, made available online to Surrey schools in 2021.

Surrey Arts Interactive (KS1 – KS2)
Including Charanga Recorder World, Percussion World and other primary music curriculum resources.

Musical Futures: Just Play (KS2 – KS3)
Designed to provide a vibrant curriculum approach that engages students in whole class music making. A step-by-step resource supporting the development of musical knowledge and rhythmic awareness alongside instrumental skill development

MusicFirst (KS3 – KS5)
A comprehensive learning management system dedicated to music education. This combines learning management software with engaging curriculum content and powerful integrated software to help teachers monitor student progress, make lesson plans and create assignments.

Charanga VIP Studio (KS2 – KS3)
Supporting the teaching of contemporary music genres, a tool to encourage more young people to get into music.
The online recording studio also turns every ordinary PC/Mac into a music computer and can be used anywhere your students can get online.

Surrey Arts Online Learning (SAOL)
In 2020 Surrey Arts developed an online resources platform with School Activities, Learn-to-play Videos, Apps and Software and more. For more information please visit:
Visit Surrey Arts YouTube channel for a variety of music tutorials, introductions and performances.

What is Surrey Music Hub?

Music Hubs have been created across the UK as part of the government’s National Plan for Music Education.
Surrey Music Hub is a network of organisations and schools working together to bring more musical opportunities to young people across the county, in line with our core and extension aims.

Who makes up the Hub?

Led by Surrey Arts, Surrey Music Hub is a partnership between schools, Arts Partnership Surrey, the Academy of Contemporary Music, University of the Creative Arts and the Yehudi Menuhin School.

What are our aims?

Core Aims:
Provide whole class ensemble teaching
Provide opportunities to perform in ensembles
Ensure clear progression routes are accessible
Develop a singing strategy to ensure that pupils sing regularly and that choirs are available

Extension Aims:
Offer CPD to school staff
Provide instruments for loan
Provide access to inspirational, high quality musical experiences, working with professional musicians and venues

Music Hub in action

The Horley Project
Primary schools in Horley recognised the need to build instrumental tuition in their area and wanted to create an inclusive offer for all students that could also lead to ensemble opportunities.
Working with the local schools partnership, Surrey Arts and a local charity, we provided large group instrumental tuition on a range of instruments for the pupils who wanted to be involved.
As part of the project the pupils have formed a new Horley Orchestra hosted by their local secondary schools to give them further opportunities to learn and play in a larger ensemble.

Redhill Orchestra Day
Local schools recognised a desire to give their young musicians the opportunity to be part of a large scale event, playing in an ensemble that would be much bigger than they could achieve in their own schools.
At their local SMH network meeting they put together a plan, and, working with Surrey Arts, the Redhill Orchestra Day was born.
Now in its fifth year, groups of up to 120 children come together to perform as part of a giant ensemble, supported by school music leaders and Surrey Arts teachers. Repertoire has included choices from BBC 10 pieces as well as bespoke arrangements put together by the teachers.

What is Culture Box Surrey?

Culture Box Surrey is the Cultural Education Partnership (CEP) for the county of Surrey.

CEPs are a national initiative led by Arts Council England to promote cultural education for children and young people in local areas.

Culture Box Surrey offers support to schools that are passionate about equipping pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.

Support includes:
Case studies about inspiring projects that have been delivered in schools across Surrey and beyond
Collaborative school clusters working on joint programmes that create funding opportunities
Resources website, with links to arts organisations which have experience of working in Surrey schools
Help with Artsmark and Arts Award

Who makes up Culture Box?

Culture Box Surrey is facilitated by Surrey Arts and led by a steering group comprising Head Teachers, leaders of cultural provider organisations and Artswork.
We are working in partnership with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Delight, Stopgap Dance Company, Watts Gallery, Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) and others.

Artsmark gives your school access to training that will enable you to develop a long term strategic plan for the development of cultural learning.

Arts Award
Arts Award offers a flexible framework designed to support children and young people to develop their skills and interests in the arts, building their knowledge as they gain a unique set of qualifications.

How can we help your school?

Culture Box Surrey wants to ensure that the voice of young people is heard. Contact us about opportunities to get involved in planning the future creative landscape of Surrey.

Surrey Arts has been supporting vulnerable groups such as Looked After Children, people who have been displaced, children and adults with disabilities and those with mental health problems for many years.

Working closely with education providers, youth services, foster carers, NHS, police and local charities, we are proud to be able to promote arts opportunities for these groups.

How can we help?

For individual students such as looked after children, care leavers, or those who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) or youth offending, we can provide access to: Music lessons, Music mentoring, Work placements, Shared apprenticeships and Training/CPD.

For group settings, such as Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) and special schools we can provide: Music programmes and workshops and Training/CPD

For students with additional social or educational needs we believe that music can:

  • increase self confidence and the ability to process emotions
  • encourage integration and social cohesion
  • provide a safe and creative environment to have fun and meet new friends
  • reduce isolation and anxiety, improving mental health and emotional well being
  • improve numeracy and literacy learning skills

Where do we work?

Anywhere! We go where the students are, including online.

We currently work in a variety of settings outside mainstream schools. Workshops and training sessions have been taking place in Special Schools, PRUs (including medical PRUs), youth centres and mental health secure units.


Soundbeam is a technology that uses ultrasonic sensors to detect movement and translates them into sounds.
We have just taken delivery of our own Soundbeam, and are looking to use this to support music making in appropriate settings.

If you would like to find out more about this please contact us; we’d love to be able to support you.

Surrey Arts Wardrobe offers a unique collection of costumes, vintage clothing and accessories for your school to hire for theatrical productions, events and performance exams. Have a look on our website for hints, tips and tutorials.

Workshops and educational support

Surrey Arts Wardrobe has designed a series of educational workshops that can be tailored to the needs of your curriculum. This includes options for sessions both in your own school, or for small groups, within our wardrobe space at Surrey Arts.

Drama Costume Workshops

Whole class drama workshops at your school for Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 students.

We can:
Explain the role of costume within the film, television and theatre industries.
Look at different interpretations of the same play throughout different time periods, how costumes can ‘make’ a show. Bring in examples and displays to provide an engaging hands-on learning experience.

GCSE/A-Level/BTEC support

A week long intensive work experience program for small groups, achieving a Bronze Arts Award.

Taking students through how to costume a production from planning stages and mood boards, to creating believable characters including how accessories can be the key to successful costuming. Along with teaching useful skills such as basic repairs, laundry methods and budgeting.

Membership Scheme

We recognise the stresses that costuming large groups of students can present.
With this in mind we have constructed a membership scheme to ease these pressures and make life a little easier.

Our members gain the following benefits:

  • Discounted hire charges
  • No deposit fees
  • No minimum spend
  • Invoice payment option
  • A free ‘borrow week’ per show for fittings or rehearsals
  • Discounted rates for workshops and events

We also have sets of Trestle and Strangeface masks that can be used for physical theatre and characterisation workshops. These can be hired for half a term at a time. Please contact us for more details.

As well our extensive range of music services, Surrey Arts also proudly supports a number of visual arts projects around the county.

We can also help to connect you with local art practitioners who can visit your school and lead bespoke workshops or classes for your students in a variety of different artistic disciplines. Please contact us for more details. 


Surrey Artists Open Studios kicked off 2021 with the launch of a newly designed website and online store. Each year hundreds of artists from across the county open their studios to the public for two weeks in June. As well as an opportunity to meet artists and to discuss their work, many also offer workshops.  School groups are welcome to visit their local artists, subject to appointment.  

For more information about what to see and do in your area please visit: 

Surrey Hills Arts

Surrey Hills Arts, a programme of related projects that explore the richness of our landscape and heritage through the arts, is supported by Surrey Arts in partnership with Surrey Hills AONB.  

Projects include a series of permanent contemporary public art commissions called Inspiring Views.  Each project offers a variety of trails, walks, talks, workshops and other opportunities for young people, schools and families to take part.  

To find out more and how your school can benefit please visit:

As well as the wide variety of educational resources available to schools that you have seen outlined in this brochure, the work that Surrey Arts undertakes reaches far out into our community.

From ensembles and opportunities to join inclusive orchestras or choirs, to holiday workshops and creative events, we have a range of activities you can signpost your students to.


Joining a group or ensemble is a great way to develop your learning and perform with other musicians in front of audiences. There are over 50 Surrey Arts ensembles for beginners and experienced musicians, both young people and adults. These include area and county ensembles as well as accessible orchestras and choirs such as the award winning UP! Orchestra and Just So Singers.


We offer out of school workshops and creative experiences that your students can get involved in.
Workshops include: singing, guitar LIVE!, DJ and music production and arts and craft workshops.

Holiday Activities

During the school holidays we provide a range of music and art activities. Our annual Easter music courses have both residential and non-residential options in a range of orchestral, vocal and digital experiences. 2020 saw our biggest online summer programme ever with over 200 young people taking part.


I speak music - celebrating diversity in Surrey through music

The Surrey based I Speak Music Community Orchestra are thrilled to have been invited to perform at the Singing Our Lives concert at London’s Union Chapel. The iconic venue opens its doors for this special night of music on Sunday 26 January 2020.

This special night of music features hundreds of performers onstage to celebrate the power of uniting with one another through music and song. This evening is the culmination of the ground breaking Singing Our Lives project, which has brought together people from local UK, refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds to co-create and perform new music together.

Hosted by Jumoké Fashola, the concert brings together members of the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, the Sing for Freedom Choir, the Mixed up Chorus, the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus, the Mind & Soul Choir, the Citizens of the World Choir, I Speak Music Community Orchestra, and special guests.

Jim Pinchen, Project Manager of the I Speak Music Community Orchestra said “Singing Our Lives has been an inspirational project for our Orchestra to be part of. It has provided a unique opportunity for local residents and residents who have recently been displaced from their country of birth to share music, food, culture and to form new and lasting friendships. In showcasing our work alongside other groups on 26 January it allows often marginalised voices to be heard as they unite with one another.”

Singing our Lives is performed by Together Productions in partnership with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, The International Organization for Migration, the Royal Opera House and Kinetika.

I Speak Music Community Orchestra welcomes people from any background who are aged 14+ to join the group designed to celebrate Surrey’s diverse communities, bringing participants together to take part in creative music workshops and events.



For more information and to book tickets for Singing Our Lives visit –

If you are interested in finding out more about the I Speak Music Community Orchestra email

I Speak Music is supported by Surrey Arts and Surrey Music Hub and is funded by Arts Council England.

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