Suffolk County Music Service

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The Suffolk Music Education Hub (SMEH), working with the Suffolk County Music Service (SCMS), seeks to ensure that every child aged 5-18 has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument (other than voice) through whole-class ensemble teaching programmes (WCET) that provide a weekly lesson on the same instrument for a full school year.

Contact your child's school directly to find out what musical opportunities they offer. You can also contact SCMS to find out about the opportunities available.

Discover SCMS ensembles, Suffolk Youth Music and information about County Music Schools on the SCMS pages of this website.


Arts Award

Arts Award

The Arts Award is an accredited scheme, provided by Trinity College London and Arts Council England, that provides opportunities for children to learn new skills, be inspired by the arts, and is a link between young people and 'creative arts professionals'.

It is a range of qualifications for anyone up to the age of 25, the highest being their 'Gold' award.

Are you interested? Read on to our Arts Award page to discover how you can work with Suffolk Music Education Hub to gain your Arts Award.



Arts Mark

Artsmark enables schools and other organisations to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision. Achieving Artsmark status demonstrates that schools or settings have a number of very special qualities. Artsmark support's Arts Council England's goal of ensuring that every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts and culture.

Following changes to the educational landscape and as evidence of the impact of high quality cultural education grows, the Arts Council is working with school leaders and specialist art teachers to update and refresh its Artsmark programme.

To discover who has Artsmark near you, take a look at their website.


A Celebration of Schools' Music

Every year schools from across Suffolk are given the opportunity to participate in the well-established A Celebration of Schools' Music event. Hosted by Aldeburgh Music at the Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Celebration encourages children of all ages and stages in Suffolk maintained schools to enjoy and participate in music.

If your school is interested in participating, take a look at the Celebration page.

Alternatively you can contact the Suffolk County Music Service by phone: 01473 281866 or by email:

Some photos of Celebration are posted on Flickr


BBC 10 Pieces

BBC 10 Pieces

BBC 10 Pieces is a new project for Primary schools, focussing on classical music and creativity. The aim is to open up the world of classical music to children and to encourage them to respond to the music through musical compositions, dance or digital art.

Read more about it on our Ten Pieces page.


Friday Afternoons

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This project is available to not just children from across the UK, but the world! It began as a centenary celebration of the composer Benjamin Britten, where his work Friday Afternoons was performed by hundreds of Suffolk school children.

Visit our Friday Afternoons page for more information about the project and how your children and young people can get involved.


Sing Up

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Sing Up’s vision is that all children and young people have regular access to high-quality singing activities throughout their young lives. They provide musical and curriculum resources which includes their 'world famous' online Song Bank.

To find out if your child's school is involved with Sing Up, please contact them directly. You can discover what is involved with Sing Up in schools online.

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