Finding music that is pleasurable, rewarding and challenging to teach and sing together in class can be a real struggle for teachers who are already stretched to their limit. It was with this in mind that Schools’ Sing-In was created by Suzi together with Voicelab, Southbank Centre’s vocal initiative.
As part of this course, KS2 teachers were invited to an INSET to work intensively with Suzi, teachers and their classes took part in workshops with Suzi at Southbank Centre, learning new warm-ups, singing games and songs chosen from a specially developed selection of music. Each term ended with a massed singing showcase at the Southbank Centre, featuring hundreds of children from participating schools performing music from the programme.
The music for the project was researched, selected and arranged by Suzi to link with curriculum themes in mind, with topics being submitted by participating schools. As well as Suzi’s arrangements, teachers had access to lyrics, recordings and backing tracks, and context for those curriculum links, the aim being that the material is appropriate for music specialists and non-specialists alike.
This course ran for two years between 2014 and 2016, and over these time curriculum topics included:
- The Tudors
- South Africa and Apartheid
- Ancient history
- Black Inventors
- Slave songs and freedom
- Land, sea and sky
If you are interested in accessing the resources Suzi created for this programme, contact her here