The latest news from Sandwell Music Education Hub

Find out more about the activities of our hub by reading the stories below:

Band Together on Tour!

Members of Band Together had great 2 days visiting performing in 6 schools. Thanks to Wodensborough Orminston Acadmey, Hamstead Junior School, St John's C of E Academy, Wood Green High School, Hall Green Primary School and Holyhead Primary Academy for hosting...

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Every Copy Counts

Great music teachers log their sheet music: make every copy count! Every Copy Counts is a brand new campaign to help schools get the best out of the Schools Printed Music Licence (SPML). ● Did you know that your school has a SPML, meaning that you can legally...

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Dakota – Band Together

Tuesday 3rd May; Dakota (Band Together) WORK IN PROGRESS! Dakota by Stereophonics. Vocals doing well, lead guitar part on keyboard progressing, drums all but there and rhythm guitars just about done! Boys doing really well and working hard!😁👍🎸🥁🎤🎹

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Spring Together Concert series

Monday 28th March saw music centre ensembles return to the stage after over 2 years. There was an air of anticipation and excitement from both performers and audience as the concert commencement approach at Shireland Collegiate Academy Theatre. The Youth String...

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‘Listen Up’ Newsletter

'Listen Up' is a brand new for spring 2022, newsletter containing information about things coming up, articles from music centre members and dates for your diary. Why not have a read below 🎼🎺🎻🎼

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Songbird – Band Together

Tuesday 8th February; Band Together sing the Blues. All band members were took part and the lyrics were written by the boys!👍🎸🥁🎹 The band continue to develop every week!

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Feeling the Force with Intermediate Brass Band!

The Intermediate Brass Band continue making superb progress this term. One of the pieces they are enjoying rehearsing is the Theme from Star Wars. If you are a brass player and not part of an ensemble please do get in contact with us or talk to your instrumental...

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YMCA & Star Trek with the Youth Brass Band!

This term some of the pieces the Youth Brass Band have been rehearsing is the popular pop tune YMCA and film score Star Trek. Bands meets weekly and if you/your child plays an instrument and are interested in joining an ensemble, please contact us or speak to your...

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Hamstead Junior – Year 6 Class Rock Band

The pupils involved in the SIPS Music and Arts Service Whole Class Rock Band at Hamstead Junior School Year 6, have finished a half term project of writing their own song and helping to make a lyric video. The pupils came up with the lyrical content, and the song...

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Band Together sing the Blues

Tuesday 8th February; Band Together sing the Blues. All band members were took part and the lyrics were written by the boys!👍🎸🥁🎹 The band continue to develop every week!

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Band Together sounding awesome! – January 2022

Band Together have returned to rehearsals this January 2022 with great momentum and are already sounding awesome after just two rehearsals! We're looking forward to hearing the progress they continue to make later this term. Check out and enjoy the audio clips below.

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Christmas in the community – December 2021

It’s been wonderful to see and hear the musicians performing live in the ‘Christmas in the community’ series. We trust you enjoy this highlights video giving a glimpse into the music making that has taken place. We wish you a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New...

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Music Centre re opens – Autumn 2021

Letter to all music centre members, parents and careers about music centre reopening week beginning Monday 27th  September 2021.Joining and being part of an ensemble is an exciting oppourtunity for all who play an instrument.  At SIPS Music and Arts music...

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Summer Celebration Virtual Concert – 2021

Massed item - Gonna Fly NowSo many videos recorded, here's some our staff outtakes!Summer Celebration - Virtual Ensemble performances   Website - www.sandwellmusic.org Email - music.arts@sips.co.uk Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SIPSmusicarts/ Twitter -...

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Shining Stars Virtual Recital Concerts – Spring 2021

Be sure to follow the link so you dont miss out! Check out 'Virtual December Delights' concert premiered on 17th December 2020.   Website - www.sandwellmusic.org Email - music.arts@sips.co.uk Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SIPSmusicarts/ Twitter -...

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December Delights Virtual Concert 2020

Christmas 2020 Did you see our Shining Stars Virtual Concerts last Summer?  Check them out here! Website - www.sandwellmusic.org Email - music.arts@sips.co.uk Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SIPSmusicarts/ Twitter - @SIPS_music Check out our virtual ensemble,...

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News and Stories

Snowman at Christmas

Snowman at Christmas

Saturday 8th December 2019 Children from Sandwell Primary Schools, in partnership with SIPS Music and Arts, were invited by the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra and their conductor Richard Laing to join them in their Christmas concert at Birmingham Town Hall. The...

130th Mayors Christmas Concert

130th Mayors Christmas Concert

Saturday 7th December 2019 Sandwell Youth Brass Band and the Saint Catherine of Siena Academy Trust Choirs, were honoured to perform in the 130th Mayors Christmas Concert.  The Youth Brass Band opened the evening with a rousing rendition of Leroy Anderson's "A...

Countdown to Christmas

Countdown to Christmas

Thursday 5th December The audience at WBTH were treated to a sparkling selection of music from YCB, ISO, IBB and YO. All groups performed to their usual high standard, a mixture of non-festive and festive pieces. Many performers (and conductors!) were decked out in...

December Delights

December Delights

Tuesday 3 rd December Throughout the December delights concert a fantastic level of musicianship was displayed by all musicians.  The ensembles featured were; Jazz Orchestra, Intermediate Concert band, Youth Brass band and Training String Orchestra. It was also...

A Whisper of Christmas

A Whisper of Christmas

Monday 2nd December 2019 The fabulous Mini Maestros and our Sandwell Chamber Music Groups performed in a concert called a ‘Whisper Of Christmas’. Many of the string players in the Mini Maestros had never performed before, so this intimate setting, at the West Bromwich...

Rock and Pop Night

Rock and Pop Night

Tuesday 26th November Well done to all the students involved in our fantastic Rock and Pop showcase at West Bromwich Library last month! The ukulele rocks! group performed a wonderful trio of rock n’ roll classics, ‘Shake Rattle and roll’, ‘Rock around the Clock’, and...

STEPS Songbook – Working with the LACE Virtual School

STEPS Songbook – Working with the LACE Virtual School

Back in November, SIPS Music and Arts Service worked in partnership with MAC Makes Music Birmingham, on a project to explore the songs and musical cultures of the children and young people at the STEPS Centre in Sandwell. (Sandwell Transitional Educational...

Music and Pupil Progress at KS2

Music and Pupil Progress at KS2

Is there a link between Music and Pupil Progress..? Introduction As an established and trusted service, SIPS Education - Music & Arts Service (SMAS) are privileged to be working in so many schools across Sandwell. There is no doubt that schools highly value our...

Pro Bassist Sandy Beales Inspires Young Musicians

Pro Bassist Sandy Beales Inspires Young Musicians

Sandy Beales, bass guitarist touring with One Direction for over 4 years now playing with JP Cooper, delivered an inspiring afternoon with students from Q3 Academy, Hollylodge, Sandwell College, Shireland Collegiate and Wodensborough. Sandy told of how he came to play...

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