Special Schools

Musical activity gives powerful, validating, multi-sensory and kinaesthetic experiences to children with SEND, supporting the development of the whole child.

Durham Music Service has created a range of  programmes to help develop and support music in your school. This is enhanced by a range of performance opportunities outside the classroom such as the Big Sing and Sign and the SEND Showcase days.

All schools are entitled to a subsidised teaching, please contact us for details.

SEND Programmes

PMLD Sensory Approaches

ASC- Developing Communication Skills

KS1/KS2 Music Curriculum

African Drumming - whole class

Ukulele - whole class

Brass - whole class

Rock Band Project

KS3 Music Curriculum

Instrumental Tuition - drum, guitar, brass

Music Technology


Outside the classroom

Showcase Day

Schools come together in a day of performance and workshops to share the fun of music making.

Big Sing and Sign

Special schools from across the North East are inspired and enthused at Durham Vocal Festival.

Curriculum Workshops

A variety of topic and curriculum based workshops.

Live Music for Schools

Durham Music Service musicians performing live for whole schools concerts.

Brass Ensemble Day

Youngsters having brass lessons in Special Schools can access this fun ensemble day.

Sage Showcase

An opportunity for Signing Choirs across Durham to perform together to a sold out audience, an experience not to be missed.