An exciting and successful project providing music tuition has been rolled out across another four schools after proving to be a hit with children and their families.

In 2014, Cabinet voted to for Derby and Derbyshire Music Partnership to provide music tuition to children aged 8 years of age in 19 primary schools in the most deprived Wards of the city. This adds to the 2000 Derby children who are already learning to play an instrument.

A critical part of this innovative project is allowing children to keep their instruments and practice at home instead of only being allowed to play during school time. Already over 170 children have been able to benefit from keeping their instrument to practice at home. Such has been the success of the scheme that it has been extended to a new group of children in each of these schools and four new schools have come on board.

Councillor Russell, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills visited Beaufort School to watch the children perform songs including ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Can you feel the love tonight.’

Councillor Russell, said:

It’s a great scheme and I love visiting schools such as Beaufort to see all the children enjoying learning to play the different instruments. It’s so important for their confidence and their development, and I’m proud that the council is supporting hundreds of children to learn to play an instrument.

Carla Dewberry, Headteacher of Beaufort Primary said:

Being involved in the project has enriched our music curriculum. Our children are enthusiastic learners and have really enjoyed learning to play a range of instruments. The children have grown in confidence and have performed to their parents/carers who are very proud of their achievements. The Year 5&6 musicians are busy practicing ready to perform at our Grandparents Christmas afternoon Tea and I am sure their families will be impressed with the musical entertainment.

Quotes from year 5/6 pupils at Beaufort Primary School:

It has been tricky learning the ukulele but I’m enjoying it.

I really enjoyed performing our Djembe and Samba drumming for our parents. My Mum couldn’t believe how good we were.

It’s been good taking our instruments home to practise and I’m hoping to get my next music award quite soon.