There is an enormous range of music which goes on in schools today, from class and year group singing in Primary Schools to chamber choirs and rock bands at Secondary schools or Colleges. So when it comes to recording your CD how do you decide what to record?
With so much choice it can be extremely difficult to pin down just 10 or 15 songs to put on your album. Fortunately the internet opens up a whole wealth of resources not only for your recording but also for use in your school during the course of the year.
For Primary Schools, one of our favourite resources to recommend and the one we find most often used is Out of the Ark Music which is run by Mark and Helen Johnson. In 1989 Mark and Helen were asked to write a short nativity musical by the headteacher of the primary school where Helen was teaching. ‘Off To Bethlehem’ was a huge success and within months Mark and Helen went on to set up their own publishing and production company as a vehicle for distributing their songs to primary schools.
Another similar online resource but with music for a wider age range is Sing Up. Sing Up is an award-winning organisation providing the complete singing package for schools through resources, training and guidance. Sing Up believes that all children and young people have a right to good quality singing provision, to deepen their understanding of music and singing, raise attainment and develop lasting tools to express themselves with confidence and creativity.