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Kickstart Ensemble Music-Making: Join the Modulo Programme!

Are you a music teacher based in London, the North West or the West Midlands? Are you looking for a way to establish ensemble music-making in your school? Join the 2018 Modulo Programme!

What is the Modulo Programme?
We support music teachers to start small ensembles (Modulos) in their schools, by providing bespoke arrangements, rehearsal resources and meet-ups where Modulos have the opportunity to play as part of a large-scale orchestra and develop their composition/improvisation skills.

What's happening this year?
The theme for this year is Music for Dance. Once you sign up, you'll receive a pack with all the music and rehearsal plans you'll need to get started, plus access to our online repository of parts and additional information, for you and your pupils. 
We ask all participating Modulos to attend two Modulo Meets: a regional one in March, and a national on in June, where your Modulo rehearse and perform the music as a large scale orchestra alongside up to 29 other Modulos, as well as taking part in a composition workshop. 
The dates for these are as follows:
Regional Meet (choose your nearest Meet):
Friday 2nd March, 2018, 10.00-3.30, Firth Hall Sheffield (in parrtnership with Sheffield Music Hub)
Tuesday 6 March, 2018, 10.00-3.30, Z Arts, Manchester
Tuesday 13th March, 2018, 10.00-3.30, Cecil Sharp House, London
Tuesday 27th March, 2018, 10.00-3.30, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
National Meets (choose one date):
Tuesday 26 June
Wednesday 27 June
Cecil Sharp House, Camden
Composition and Support Visits - new for 2018!
In addition to the resources and Modulo Meets, we are offering all participating schools an in-school session with a professional composition animateur. In this session, the animateur will work with your students to create a piece that will contribute to the composition workshop taking place at the Regional or National Modulo Meets. 
In addition, all schools are offered a tailored rehearsal support visit from a qualified music teacher to get started with leading a rehearsal. 
How much does it cost?
The programme is heavily subsidised; however, we ask all schools who are able to contribute £250 to the programme to support with costs such as venue hire and music copyright permissions. 
We are aware that this fee is prohibitive for some schools. If this is a concern, please do get in touch and we can look at ways to support your participation - we want all young people who would benefit from this programme to have the opportunity to take part. 
We also have a travel bursary available for schools who would struggle to afford travel to the Meets. 
To see the programme in action, take a look at our snazzy promo video.
To sign-up, click here!
If you have any questions about the programme, please get in touch with Modulo Programme Manager, Anna Williams: