Magdalen School delivers truly equitable music lessons

Magdalen Church of England Primary School, part of the Lincoln Anglican Academy Trust (LAAT),  is proud to announce its partnership with the Lincolnshire Music Service (LMS) to provide high-quality instrumental tuition, ensuring equitable opportunities for all students. This collaboration aligns with the new National Plan: The power of music to change lives, which emphasises the importance of offering every child equal access to instrumental education.

Through its partnership with the LMS, Magdalen School has joined forces with The OHMI Trust to support their vision of enabling all children to experience the joy of learning to play an instrument. Together, they have worked to ensure that their whole class Samba tuition is fully inclusive, enabling every student to participate, including Harrison, who has specific physical needs.

A thorough needs assessment was conducted in collaboration with LMS and the OHMI Trust, And as a result, appropriate adjustments and adaptations were made to ensure every pupil’s learning experience was equally enriching. The school accessed various resources, including stands, clamps, and specially weighted beaters and sticks for the Samba lessons, enabling all pupils to fully engage and enjoy all aspects of the music curriculum.

Mrs. Mills, the Music lead at Magdalen School, expressed her gratitude for the support received from the Lincolnshire Music Service, stating, “They were totally on board from the beginning, ensuring that all needs were met.” Miss Abbott,   the class teacher, added, “Having resources and weighted beaters has enabled children with additional needs to fully participate and enjoy all of the lessons.”

Harrison shared his excitement, saying, “I have been able to use the beaters as they fit better in my hands. Having the stands means I can do the music myself and not need a grown-up to help me.”.

The Lincolnshire Music Service has embraced a commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, exemplified by their involvement with Magdalen School. Andrew Hird, Inclusion Lead at the Lincolnshire Music Service, highlighted the positive outcomes resulting from this collaboration, stating, “It is wonderful to know that all pupils felt fully included in the learning, having benefited from the initial assessment and appropriate instrument resources. We hope this success story will inspire future endeavours toward inclusion throughout our county and region.”

Magdalen Church of England Primary School and the Lincolnshire Music Service continue to demonstrate their dedication to providing equitable music education to all students. Through their collaborative efforts, they are fostering a culture of inclusion, where every child can unleash their musical potential.