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Every child should have First Access opportunity to learn a musical instrument for a year (National Plan for Music Education). Most of this work takes place in KS2 and Dudley Performing Arts hopes to expand this provision to all schools.

After First Access, children require opportunities to develop musical skills in small groups or as individuals. Dudley Performing Arts provides specialist tuition for your pupils in this area of work.

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 Music Plan states that all schools should have a large scale ensemble or an orchestra 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 can supply instruments to students at no cost if it is used for DPA tuition. For example, if a school buys violin tuition from us we will supply the instrument as part of the deal.

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.

Planning, preparation and assessment cover

We can provide cover when teachers are out of the classroom to prepare and mark lessons or if they have leadership and management responsibilities and have additional time out of the classroom.

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.

Community projects involving partner schools

DPA regularly leads on projects that enable schools to join with other groups from across the borough to develop large scale performance pieces. Often paid for by subsidies, these projects enhance arts opportunities for your pupils whilst raising the public profile of your school.

Curriculum based performances and shows at Netherton Arts Centre (NAC)

DPA hosts curriculum linked shows and productions at NAC for your school and develops links with professional theatre companies to offer your pupils affordable theatrical experiences which support learning. Productions are programmed during the Spring and Autumn terms.

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. The dates for these shows are shown on the our calendar.