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Dudley Council the historic capital of the Black Country
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Every child should have access to a meaningful arts offer. We will work with schools to help shape opportunities for students and can provide support for all sorts of activities.

The main area of our work supports the core roles from the National Plan for Music Education which includes ensuring that all students have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument at some stage in their journey through school (Whole Class Instrumental Tuition/WCIT), offering a range of progression routes through small group/individual music lessons, supporting group music making (e.g. bands/orchestras) and providing support for singing.

Current list of instruments that we teach

  • Brass: baritone, cornet, euphonium, French horn, tenor horn, trombone, trumpet, tuba.
  • Contemporary: bass guitar, classical guitar, drum kit, keyboard, orchestral percussion, electric guitar.
  • Strings: cello, double bass, viola, violin.
  • Vocal: voice – all ages and styles.
  • Woodwind: bassoon, clarinet, flute, oboe, recorder, saxophone, fife.

Bands, choirs and orchestras

The National Plan for Music Education states that all schools should have a large scale ensemble and a choir. DPA provides experienced staff to deliver this activity in partnership with your school.

Singing strategy

DPA will help your school meet the singing strategy targets, as outlined in the National Music Plan, with: CPD programmes to raise staff confidence in singing; regular weekly sessions to embed singing into your weekly curriculum; and opportunities to be involved in large scale projects for singers and choirs.

Instrument loan

We supply instruments to students at no cost for use with DPA tuition. Our agreement is that DPA will provide and manage instruments and do not make a hire/management charge. In the event that an instrument is damaged whilst on loan to a school/student we will make arrangements for a repair and invoice any costs accordingly.

Regular, weekly dance and drama activities

DPA provides dance and drama specialists to work with a class or group of classes. This can be done to deliver part of your arts curriculum, to enhance your creative curriculum and/or be part of your PPA release programme.

After school arts clubs

Dance, drama and visual art. Available in a range of different dance styles including breakdance, contemporary dance and streetdance; improvised or scripted drama and visual art. DPA will provide experienced staff to enhance your after school activity.

One-off arts enhancement projects

Visiting specialists can deliver ‘stunning starts’ or other areas of the creative curriculum, enhance learning at GCSE and support many activities of your school year. DPA arranges sessions from as short as half a day through to more substantial projects.

Performances at Netherton Arts Centre (NAC)

Your school's production at Netherton Arts Centre

Although many schools have great performance spaces we can offer you a purpose built and professionally equipped theatre to use for your next production. It will cost less than you think, alleviate accommodation disruption at school and pupils can be involved in front-of-house, backstage and technical duties.

Live arts experiences for your school

At key times of the year our staff are available to visit your school to perform music and/or dance shows. Programmes are available for all Key Stages.