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Music Support Service

Music Support Service (MSS)

The purpose of the Music Support Service is to enhance the education of children and young people, both in schools and in the community through the development and provision of high quality music teaching.

As the lead partner in the new North Lincolnshire Music Education Hub, the MSS provides instrumental lessons on upper and lower strings, brass, woodwind, percussion, guitar and singing within schools throughout North Lincolnshire.

It offers support with:

  • school choirs

  • instrumental ensemble groups

  • after school clubs

  • large Hub based projects and activities

The Music Centre is held at John Leggott College on alternating Saturdays during term time, 9.45am to 12.15pm, and offers opportunities for children to play in larger instrumental ensembles. See the rehearsal schedule for further details.

The Music Centre provided the orchestral accompaniment to the Cycle Song which was a hugely successful Cultural Olympiad Event in Scunthorpe in the summer of 2012. Young musicians inspired by this are very welcome to join one of the North Lincolnshire ensembles. The skills developed in ensemble music making are invaluable and complement those acquired in instrumental lessons. It is also one of the most rewarding and enjoyable aspects of being a musician.

The Music Centre also welcomes new members as part of the Musical Inclusion (MINC) Programme. These additional music groups for three to five year old singing, six to seven year old recorder playing and 8 to 18 years groups Taiko (Japanese drumming) These are also held at John Leggott College, every Saturday morning during term time.

Most children start off in the First String Orchestra or Third Concert Band by teacher recommendation, the only requirement being that they be of approximately grade one standard on their instrument. Progress through the groups after this is by teacher recommendation or an audition.

Grade three standard is required for String players to progress to the Youth String Ensemble, Grade four standard or above for wind players and percussionists for the Swing Band and Youth Concert Band, then Grade five or above for the Youth Symphony Orchestra.

The members of the Youth Concert Band, Youth Symphony Orchestra and Youth Swing Band have the opportunity, every two years to travel abroad and perform on musical tours. There are also opportunities to go on residential courses.

The Youth Swing Band rehearses on Wednesday evenings at Frederick Gough School from 5pm until 6.30pm. It performs around the North Lincolnshire area and in the community at special events whenever possible.

Fun Music Making Sessions for Tiny Tots and five to seven year olds

The Music Centre in collaboration with Music 4U hold fun music making sessions for tiny tots and five to seven year olds on Saturdays from:

10am - under five years

11am - five to seven years


Do you want to join North Lincolnshire's premier Taiko Group, learn to play Taiko Drums with an expert tutor and perform live? Come along to the Taiko sessions on Saturday mornings from 14 September 2013 (term time only). There is a charge of £5 per half term.

  • 10.15am to 11.15am - junior Session (ages 8 to 11)

  • 11.30am to 12.30pm - senior Session (ages 12 to 18)

Scunthorpe Choir

The Scunthorpe Co-operative Junior Choirs and Training Choirs welcome new members.

First training Choir - three to five years. Second training Choir – six to nine years. Main Choir - 10 years to 18 years.

Telephone 01724 852077 for further details or visit the Scunthorpe Junior Choir website.

Winners of a Royal Philharmonic Society Award 2013 and BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year 2008.

'Friends' Association

The music centre has a 'Friends of the Orchestra' association (a charity group) which supports the music service and its music centre activities for the children and young people. The 'friends' support is vital for the Music Centre within the new North Lincolnshire Music Hub to help with bids for external funding and with fundraising activities. The group is always very happy to welcome new members to give help and support in a variety of ways.

If you would like to become a member of the 'friends' group please contact the Music Support Service for more details.

Shower Singers - (Community Choir)

Do You Sing In The Shower? Come and join the Shower Singers. No audition, no need to be a musician, you just need ENTHUSIASM!

Adults and students, you will have a chance to sing in concerts and at events. The choir also performed in the Award winning Cycle Song.

New members welcome. The group meets on Tuesday evenings 6pm to 7.30pm in the ‘Arts’ Centre at John Leggott College, Scunthorpe DN17 1DS. Only £2.50 per week

For more details on any of the above groups or to register please contact the Music Support Service on 01724 292933 or email MSS@northlincs.gov.uk


The MSS provides:

  • class based instrumental learning for KS2 through the Whole Class Instrumental Tuition programme

  • opportunities for “follow-on" lessons

  • support with primary music curriculum teaching

  • infant singing and making music package

  • In addition, it offers support with:

  • school choirs

  • instrumental ensemble groups

  • after school clubs

  • opportunities to take part in larger Hub based projects and activities


The Music Support Service works in partnership with pupils, parents, teachers, governors and schools and the wider Hub Through high quality music teaching, the service aims to nurture and inspire students in a musical environment so they can be actively involved in North Lincolnshire's musical community and beyond.

This is achieved through:

  • Instrumental tuition, concerts and workshops in schools

  • Pupils taking part in ensembles and performances

  • Internal and external examinations with nationally recognised exam boards

  • Staff support for classroom music, curriculum support and GCSE/A-level requirements

  • Vocal and instrumental opportunities and the primary and secondary music celebrations

  • Delivery of the Whole Class first access Programme in schools

  • Opportunities for “follow-on” instrumental tuition

  • Whole Class Instrumental Tuition aims to allow every child access to learn to play a musical instrument at Key Stage two. The programme involves whole classes learning a variety of musical activities including singing, playing an instrument, rhythm and activity games, listening and composing.

  • It is designed to provide a strong basis for music education and instrumental learning. This initiative provides a solid foundation for the child's musical future.


Pupils loan or in some cases hire an instrument whenever possible through their school. However once they become fairly proficient it is hoped that parents may buy an instrument for the child through the assisted purchase scheme. This can be done through the Music Support Service or child’s school.

Instruments can be bought at a substantial discount (and also excluding VAT). This offer is only available if the child is receiving instrumental lessons in school time and that tuition is provided by a Music Support Service teacher. The instrument must then be used in school during lessons (exclusions are drum kits and piano/keyboards).

Parents who are interested should discuss this with the instrumental teacher in the first instance then further arrangements can be made through the Music Support Service office on 01724 292933.

Music Support Service

Contact details

Music Support Service (MSS)
c/o, Frederick Gough School
Grange Lane South
DN16 3NG

Tel: 01724 292933
(Clerk available mornings only during term-time. In addition there is a 24 hour answer phone)

Email: MSS@northlincs.gov.uk

Last updated: 30/06/2014
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