Class Music Support

Class Music Support in Primary Schools

The Class Music Support Team provides curriculum support in Music in EA Belfast Region  nursery, infant, primary and special schools. The following areas are covered.

  • Class teaching/support

  • Advisory visits

  • Music Makers

  • Sing Out!

  • Carol Parties

Class teaching/support

The role of the CMS teacher is to support the non-specialist and give them the confidence and skills to teach music. In lessons children learn to sing, perform and work creatively with sound. (The Northern Ireland Primary Curriculum) Pupils have the opportunity to interact with one another and have 'hands-on' experience through the use of simple tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments and/or recorder. Activities are always based at the appropriate level for the children being taught.

Advisory visits

CMS teachers are happy to visit schools and meet with Principals and Music Co-ordinators to give advice on resources and/or to discuss music policies and schemes of work in relation to the Northern Ireland Primary Curriculum.

Music Makers

Music Makers projects take place every term for different year groups: Autumn term (Years 4/5), spring term (Years 6/7), summer term (Years 1-3). Each school may send one class (max. 30 children) to each session. The class teacher is invited to a 'Teach-In' at the beginning of the term when teaching materials are distributed. Later in the term, classes from 5 or 6 different schools meet at CBSM to sing together the songs they have learned and to perform their individual compositions


Sing Out!

Sing Out! This KS2 choral project was launched in September 2008, The Class Music Support specialists facilitate singing workshops on a weekly basis over a 6-7 week period in primary schools... At the end of each project the schools come together to showcase their work in a Community Concert, sharing the programme with bands and orchestras from the City of Belfast School of Music.

Carol Party

The Carol Party takes place in either the Ulster Hall or Waterfront Hall each year. This event is sponsored by Belfast City Council. This event is usually enjoyed by over 2000 children and teachers. Schools are invited to send a group of not more than 50 children, this event gives children from different backgrounds the opportunity to sing together and experience live music which is performed by the City of Belfast Youth Concert Band. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to learn how to perform together in a beautiful venue.