So after six glorious weeks the summer holidays have come to an end and it is back to school or work for teachers, pupils, students or parents! If you are looking for some inspiration or assistance either inside or outside of the classroom, soundLINCS has a great variety of resources available to help.
First things first, our First Notes App! Available for FREE on Google Play and the App Store. Our First Notes App is an inclusive resource for making music with Early Years children. Developed over a decade from our hugely successful First Notes Resource Pack, which is in every Early Years setting across Lincolnshire, it contains over 60 unique and progressive activities which link directly with the Early Years Foundation Stage. The activities are split into categories, from Name Games and Warm-Ups right through to Instrument Making tutorials showing you how to create your own instruments to use with the App.
Beyond soundLINCS’ own App, the monthly App Share blog can also help you find some fantastic and accessible music apps to take into the classroom, or to explore at home. App Share is updated monthly with three new entries and now contains over 100 apps, from synthesisers and sequencers to musical bots and blobs. The apps featured are ones regularly utilised in soundLINCS’ own music technology workshops, as well as in the office and even at home on the sofa!
soundEMission is a free e-information service for people involved in music development and education in the East Midlands. soundEMission is a monthly e-bulletin which provides information and links to relevant services, work, development, funding opportunities and workshops. Containing over 60 links a month, plus a soundBYTE, an interesting or inspirational video about music, from within soundLINCS or the wider world of music.
For anyone working in Special Needs Settings, then our SEND Toolkit is a vital resource to help you implement music. Valuing Music in Special Needs Settings was launched at the International Society of Music Educators conference in Glasgow last summer to great acclaim. Created in partnership with Nottingham Trent University, it contains practitioner led research exploring music-making approaches for whole class teaching in special needs settings. Available to download FREE from our website or in hard copy by contacting soundLINCS directly.
Hopefully some of these can help make the return to school or college that little bit easier, and a little bit more musical! This is just a fraction of the great resources and opportunities that we have to offer, to discover more for yourself visit www.soundlincs.org.