Education Online

Supporting Communities with Online Videos

Extended periods of lockdown had a monumental impact on music education. To counteract this and to enable our players to stay connected to our communities, we devised a series of videos supporting students at various stages of their musical journeys.

Musical Journeys (SEND)

Our Musical Journeys series features six music themed videos developed and performed by our Swans Diane (flute), Sally (clarinet) and Oliver (bassoon), all videos comprise of music, song, performance opportunities, animations and gestures, to make them as accessible and inclusive as possible for your pupils.

Each video is supported by its own ‘Scheme of Work’ which will enable you to develop further activity ideas throughout the term. In your first session watch the video throughout, pausing where necessary, to explore areas in more detail with your pupils.

Sessions 2-5 are developed from the main video and incorporate links to all relevant tracks in the video playlists, which can be accessed by clicking on the links in bold in the document.

These videos have been developed with SEND pupils in mind but could be used for Key Stage 1 and Lower Key Stage 2 pupils too. See below to begin your own Musical Journeys!

Audition Hints and Tips

Undertaking auditions at any age can be nerve wrecking enough, but if you hope for music as your career, even more so. 

The Swan’s Craig and music graduates Jonathan, Anton and Archie from The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire provide their insights into mastering nerves, breathing techniques and unpicking popular audition pieces for Trumpet, French Horn and Clarinet.

Audition Advice with Craig Macdonald

Curriculum-Based Video

For older students, several of our Principal players have  developed a series of short videos discussing the compositional, performance and instrumental  aspects of syllabus set works at both GCSE and A Level. 

They also provide brief insights into how they became professional players – useful if you are considering music as a career. You can see our current selection below and if you have any questions, please get in touch.