Partner Schools

Providing children and families with extraordinary life experiences and learning opportunities through classical music

We work closely with a small group of primary schools in Central London who are committed to providing their pupils with an especially deep and rich music experience.

Serving some of London’s most culturally, socially and ethnically diverse communities, these schools have placed music at the heart of their organisations, using music to raise aspiration and achievement, and to transform relationships with families and their wider community.

Not only are LMM Learning Partner Schools able to celebrate the outstanding musical achievements of their pupils, with several graduates from our programmes progressing to study at specialist music schools and conservatoires, they can also provide a compelling testimony to the impact high quality music education can have on academic progress and attainment.  In 2016, 65% of pupils at LMM’s Partner Schools were working at the expected standard in reading writing and maths against a national average of 53%, with 47% (25.4% nationally) of pupils eligible for free school meals and 61% (20%) of pupils with English as an additional language.

These very special schools, who embody London Music Masters values and beliefs and continue to guide our organisation’s development at the forefront of music education.

 

Approach

The Partner School model reflects London Music Masters commitment to excellence, inclusion and creativity, and is, without question, one of the most successful and long-running initiatives of its kind in the country.

The programme’s history was shaped by highly respected experts in the field, under the guidance of Artistic Director, Professor Itzhak Rashkovsky.  Reflecting aspects of Kodaly, Suzuki and contemporary music teaching practice, our model has been shaped and refined to reflect the demands of our Partner School partners and the communities they serve.

Musicianship provides the bedrock of our programme and all of the musical activity that flows from it.  Every child begins their music journey in school through this group activity with a focus on singing, percussion, movement and play.

Violin or cello tuition begins in year 1 with every pupil benefitting from small group and ensemble tuition alongside regular performance opportunities, strengthening links with parents and the wider school community.

Instrumental tuition continues for many pupils in Key Stage 2, often with financial support from our sponsors and charitable partners.  School choirs and orchestras provide further opportunities for enrichment.

All LMM Learning Partner Schools benefit from participation in a range of projects and performances, often involving performance opportunities in major London venues such as the Royal Festival Hall and the British Film Institute.

‘London Music Masters has given my son the opportunity of a lifetime’.

Parent: Ashmole Primary School, Lambeth

Supporting pupils beyond primary school

LMM Pathways

Pathways is a programme for our most advanced students who come from communities under-represented in classical music. It was pioneered by Prof. Itzhak Rashkovsky London Music Masters’ Founder and Artistic Director. Under his guidance and personal tutoring Pathways students have won places in the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain, Junior departments of Royal College of Music and awards and bursaries to enable them to study on music scholarships at leading state and independent schools.

LMM Champions

Our LMM Champions programme provides committed young musicians with opportunities to lead in the planning and delivery of workshops, events and youth-led projects, and to gain experience working alongside teachers in our Partner Schools. Often working with mentoring support from professional musicians, LMM Champions develop the skills and experience they need to become the next generation of music leaders.

LMM Alumni

Each year, young musicians graduate from our Partner Schools to join our ever-growing LMM Alumni programme. Through this they are encouraged to explore their individual musical interests and to develop a lifelong love of music. Our LMM Alumni have access to incredible concerts, opportunities to perform both as soloists and within ensembles, and are supported to participate in creative workshops and holiday courses in partnership with outstanding music organisations.

We are committed to providing every LMM Alumni member with the support they need to find their musical path in life, whatever this may be.

Role Models

We want all pupils in our partner schools to have the opportunity to work alongside established and emerging musicians, creating role models who will help shape and inspire their musical futures.

Inspiring Artists

Building meaningful relationships with internationally renowned musicians is no easy thing! However, we are hugely privileged to count amongst our ambassadors violinists Midori, Anthony Marwood and Tai Murray, pianist Benjamin Grosvenor and percussionist Colin Currie. Celebrated composer Elliott Carter (1908 – 2012) was one of London Music Masters’ inaugural ambassadors until his death in 2012.

In addition to our ambassadors we are proud to work with three LMM Award Holders who are role models to the LMM Learning students. The award holders help prepare the students for significant performances, give them insight into the life of a professional musicians and provide them with encouragement and inspiration. In recent months ambassadors and award holders have led workshops, participated in student composition projects and performed on major London stages alongside LMM Learning students.

Creative Partners

Through our creative partnerships with London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal College of Music, Southbank Centre and Wigmore Hall the children have access to some of the finest performing spaces and most inspiring ensembles in the world. We regularly participate in performances, workshops and outreach activities with our creative partners.

There are many organisations around the world who share our passion for music and our belief in its ability to change lives. Click on the links below to find out more about some of those we have worked with recently:

Performing

From street busking to concert hall showcases performing is a huge part of what we do. The confidence and discipline required for performance is something we work hard to cultivate. LMM Learning students have recently performed at Royal Festival Hall (London), Sir Adrian Boult Hall (Birmingham), Lambeth County Show and Music for Youth National Festival. They have also toured to cities around the country including Liverpool, Oxford and Bournemouth.

Click here for a short documentary about a piece commissioned for LMM Learning students, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Iranian classical musicians. The piece was created by composer David Bruce and is a masterful setting of an ancient tale.

Commissioning new works

We regularly commission new music to be performed in venues ranging from the local school hall to the Royal Festival Hall. As well as enriching the learning experience for our students we are providing opportunities for artists and institutions to reach beyond their traditional audience and engage with new communities ready to be switched on to classical music.

click here for a list of recent commissions

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