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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 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 Music Support Service provides instrumental lessons in North Lincolnshire schools on:

  • upper and lower strings
  • brass
  • woodwind
  • percussion
  • guitar
  • singing

The Music Support Service offers support with:

  • school choirs
  • instrumental ensemble groups
  • after school clubs
  • large Hub based projects and activities

The Music Centre offers opportunities for children to play in larger instrumental ensembles. It is held at John Leggott College on Saturday mornings during term time.

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 3 to 5 year old singing, 6 to 7 year old recorder playing and 8 to 18 years groups Taiko (Japanese drumming) They are 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 is that they are 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
  • 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

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 (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.

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

'Friends' Association

The Music Centre has a 'Friends of the Orchestra' association (a charity group). It supports the music service and its Music Centre activities for 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 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 Music Support Service works in partnership with pupils, parents, teachers, governors and schools and the wider Hub through high quality music tuition. The service aims to nurture and inspire students in a musical environment and provide the best possible opportunities for them to succeed.

The offer includes:

  • Instrumental and vocal lessons
  • Pupil participation in ensembles and resulting performance opportunities
  • Music centre participation and performing opportunities
  • Internal and external examinations with nationally recognised exam boards

The offer to schools includes:

  • Vocal and instrumental opportunities outside of the classroom
  • Staff support in school music groups, curriculum support and GCSE / A Level requirements
  • Early Years music programmes of work designed for Key Stage 1
  • Delivery of the WCIT programme in schools at Key Stage 2
  • Opportunities for follow-on instrumental tuition at Key stage 2

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


01724 292933

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

Opening hours

Monday - Thursday: 9am to 5pm

Friday: 9am to 4.30pm

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


Last updated: 16/12/2014
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