We are delighted to be able to offer our students placements as In Harmony Mentors. This pioneering role involves working closely with a primary school in Nottingham on a weekly basis, to put into practice music’s proven potential to be transformative within disadvantaged communities.
Working with professional musicians and teachers from the Nottingham City Music Service, the programme's lead partner, they will not only gain valuable experience for their professional careers, they will also have a direct and potentially transformative impact on the lives of local children and communities.
About In Harmony
In Harmony, Nottingham: our story so far...
Begun in autumn 2012, In Harmony Nottingham is an innovative three-year project funded by the Arts Council England and the Department for Education, managed by the Arts Council. Based on the inspirational Venezuelan El Sistema, In Harmony is a national programme with the following core principles:
- Being inspirational and transformational for children, families, schools and communities. It raises the expectations and improves life opportunities of children through high quality musical education.
- It is modelled around participating in an orchestra. In Harmony is immersive – with children playing instruments together several times a week from an early age.
- It seeks to engage all children in the school or community where a project operates and it is open to all.
- Children learn while playing in an orchestra together. They are encouraged to express themselves through music, balanced with a rigorous approach so that progression is embedded from the start. The teaching is of exceptionally high quality.
- As children learn, they help each other to progress.
- In Harmony inspires others to invest in it. Projects are sustainable and entrepreneurial.
Being an In Harmony Mentor is a remarkable opportunity for our students. Here are some comments about their experience:
Inspiring and encouraging children to be creative with their instrument has been a challenging, yet incredibly wonderful and eye-opening experience – I have developed invaluable skills from the programme and hope I am given the opportunity to work with In Harmony again in the future. Nirali Shah
It has been great to be a part of such an inspirational and innovative project that has evidently improved the children’s musical experiences and provided them with performance opportunities that I would have relished at school. Ella Davis
I have found my involvement to be extremely valuable. I enjoyed gaining an insight into classroom music tuition, and found the teaching opportunity very rewarding. Dianne Muir
It has been an amazing journey. Helping children learn music and observing their progress in such a short time was overwhelming. Watching their excitement and curiosity to learn made me so grateful to be part of this project, and part of the children’s lives every Monday morning. Anna Chrysanthou
It has been a fantastic opportunity – to see the children progressing week by week and enjoying themselves has been so rewarding. Lily Bracegirdle
It has been really rewarding to work with the children and see them improve, and a great experience for us as mentors to teach others about music. David Brooks
The pictures below are from an In Harmony ‘taster’ session for our students held in the Department of Music: