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How to Improve Your Practice Using Music

The following resources were highlighted during Workforce Development Training for Children’s Services Practitioners at Lincoln Golf Centre 13th & 14th November 2017.  The resources were also highlighted at similar training sessions (Using Music to Support Children and Young People) at Myle Cross Centre, Lincoln, during September and November 2016.

The Workforce Development Training is arranged across a full day 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. The Training engages participants in a variety of activities that connect to the visceral power of music including practical music making using instruments and iPads, reflecting on own experiences of music, responding to videos, working in pairs, small groups and whole group discussions.

Music: What does it do?


Music: What does it do and how do we know?

soundLINCS are currently undertaking research projects with:

  • Nottingham Trent University – working with young people who offend or are at risk of offending
  • Bishop Grosseteste University – working with young parents living in challenging circumstances
  • York St John University – working with Children’s Services Practitioners

The three pieces of research are due to be complete in March 2018 and the full reports will be accessible from this page.

Music: How does it fit in?

Music Apps for tablets and smart phones

The following apps can either be found by searching on your device app store or there are links on the soundLINCS website App Share: https://www.soundlincs.org/resources/app-share/

  • Instrument Apps
  • Bongos –by Skunk brothers
  • Guitarism- by Rhism LLC
  • Steel drum – Caribbean Steel pan – by Polyestergames
  • Xylophone – by Tharts


  • Evolving Apps
  • Bloom – Brian Eno
  • Aquasonic – Oestermeier
  • Gravitarium – Best Free and Fun games


  • Drop Sounds
  • Soundrop – May Wiesel
  • Falling Stars – Trident Vitality


  • Rhythm/Composition
  • Toca Band – Toca Band
  • Launchpad – Novation
  • Electrobeats – David Guetta
  • Dubstep maker – EDM Music

Music: Where can I get help?

  • SEND Toolkit – Practitioner led research to explore a range of music making and singing approaches for whole class teaching and group work in Special Educational Needs and Disability schools:
  • First Notes Free Music App – First Notes is soundLINCS’ exciting new music resource app for use in Early Years (EY) settings or by parents and carers at home – especially those without any previous experience of music. It’s packed full of exercises and activities designed to suit all ability levels to help with a child’s development in and outside of music.
  • soundEMission – soundEMission is a free e-information service for people involved in music development and education in the East Midlands.
  • MUSIC:LINK – MUSIC:LINK provides monthly diaries of events as well as a membership directory of music teachers, venues and other members. It aims to make music more accessible and relevant to people across the region and promote interest, participation and study of all kinds of music.
  • Lincolnshire Sings – is a resource to help people identify community choral groups in their area across Lincolnshire.
  • Focus on Folk – Interactive map highlights singarounds, ceilidhs, folk clubs, folk concerts, folk festivals, organisations and collaboratives providing folk activities, workshops, courses and events for young people taking place across the region East Midlands), together with information of nationally available workshops and workforce development activities assisting in teaching and community engagement.
  • App Share – The world of music apps is huge and knowing where to start to find new ones can be tricky – enter App Share! We love apps at soundLINCS and want to share some of what we’ve learnt with you to help your music making and teaching.
  • Music Map provides the ultimate genealogy of all popular music genres and combines any information regarding music genres and history in one dynamic map.