Teaching in Schools

Cumbria Music Service delivers teaching in school including whole class Wider Opportunities programmes, small group instrumental lessons and Music Curriculum support. Visit to find full details about our services for schools.

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MIDAS Visits

Short for ‘Music improvement, development and support’ a MIDAS visit is a one-to-one session to help you evaluate your school’s musical provision, plan for its development and identify relevant opportunities from CMH.

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Online Resources

CMS has a wide range of free online teaching resources available at, including African Drumming, Carnival of the Animals and Pictures at an Exhibition.

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Schools can purchase an African Drumming e-supported First Access programme from CMS which includes:

  • Online teaching resources for class teachers: designed for non-music specialists
  • A half termly class session with African Drumming master musician Zozo Shuaibu
  • A half termly CPD after school session for class teachers with Zozo Shuaibu
  • End of term performances
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Charanga Online Teaching Resources

Cumbria Music Service is delighted to introduce you to a wealth of digital learning resources to help support music teaching and learning in your school. Charanga provides hundreds of exciting resources and lessons for class music at all Key Stages. Engage and support your pupils in new and exciting ways with high-quality digital learning resources.

There are range of subsidised opportunities to access Charanga through Cumbria Music Service

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Collaborative Events for KS1 and KS2

Every year we give schools across the county the opportunity to come together in our massed singing and playing events for KS1 & 2 including:

  • Ulverston Voices
  • Furness Voices
  • Big Play
  • Big Sing
  • La’al Big Sing
  • 2020 Big Flute Play
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Live Music for Schools

We work with a range of partners, including Lake District Summer Music and BBC Introducing, to bring live music experiences to schools.


Singing Out

For hundreds of years Carlisle Cathedral has been training children to sing. The Singing Out programme takes those skills into the community to ensure that good quality singing is available to primary school children throughout north Cumbria.
Singing Out:

Sends singing teachers from the Cathedral into primary schools to develop their singing ability.

  • Sends groups of choristers into local schools to sing to and with pupils.
  • Provides opportunities for children to perform in the Cathedral
  • Conducts singing training sessions with teachers
  • Develops creativity and confidence
  • Encourages team work, concentration and social integration
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