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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.

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. 

The performances last between 45 and 75 minutes depending on the age of the audience and are heavily subsidised. Key Stage 1 shows are based on either Jack and the Bean Stalk, Billy Goats Gruff or Goldilocks. Key Stage 2 shows include Jazz and the History of the Electric Guitar - both of these shows can be adapted for Key Stage 3/4.  Our flagship show for primary schools is called Britain since the 1930's and takes students on a fun musical tour of our country through the decades.

Get in touch with our office team on dpa.cs@dudley.gov.uk for more details.

Come and Play

Come and Play is an after school project, 100% funded from the Music Hub Grant and offered to all schools.

It’s a fairly unique experience. A team of ten DPA staff arrive at your school on a Thursday afternoon. You promote the one off after school session and encourage anyone who learns an instrument to come and join in.

Come and Play caters for a wide range of musical ability, from complete beginners to children who have been learning for years. Parents, school staff, your wider school community and children who enjoy music but don’t learn an instrument are also an important part of the session. We work together for about an hour involving absolutely everyone in a fun, music making experience putting together a piece of especially composed music. The session ends with everyone performing the piece together.

Last year we made a short film during one of our sessions to try and give a flavour of what it is all about. Watch the film and get in touch if you think you’d like a session at your school.

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.

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.

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.