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Project information

Music Matters! Primary Music Education

Join us in inspiring communities and raising aspirations through primary music education! For 10 years LMM has been delivering musical opportunities to children from some of London’s most socially and economically challenged areas. Help us bring music to those who need it most this Christmas.

January 2019 - July 2019

Charity information: London Music Masters

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  • Need


    Music has been proven to have significant positive benefits on a child’s learning, social and personal development. However, diminishing in-school arts provision and the price of private lessons are preventing more children than ever from engaging with music. We are tackling this problem through our primary music education work, bringing high-quality musical opportunities to children in some of London’s most socially and economically challenged communities.


    Our award-winning music education programme, LMM Learning, provides primary school pupils with high-quality instrumental tuition. All children are loaned their own instrument (violin or cello) and receive regular lessons in small groups, in addition to a range of fun musical activities and events. We have established a unique track record of working with children who are eligible for free school meals and/or have English as an additional language.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To offer all children (in our schools) a quality introduction to music during their Early Years.


    » Will ensure all schools are offered musicianship classes.
    » Will carry out lesson observations for musicianship, by external professionally-accredited evaluators.

    What success will look like

    Successful implementation of musicianship in all six primary schools (unless the school requests otherwise).

    Aim 2

    To be able to provide each child, from Year One, with their own instrument to take home.


    » Will provide all children on our programme with their own violin or cello, according to their specific programme.
    » Will continue to source suitable funders for the provision of these instruments.
    » Will secure the continuation of our preferred rate with our instrument supplier.

    What success will look like

    Each child has their own violin or cello.

    Aim 3

    To be able to demonstrate a positive impact on the children’s soft-skills development.


    » Will continue to gather data that attests to the development of soft-skills, begun in September 2017.
    » Will gather anecdotal evidence from our community of teachers and parents regarding the development of their children throughout the programme.
    » Will survey the alumni network to assess what they feel the programme has given them.

    What success will look like

    Indications that we are impacting on the children’s broader social/cognitive development.

    Aim 4

    To positively impact on the wider school’s community (teachers, parents).


    » Continue to encourage and support parents who wish to attend classes with their children.
    » To ensure that our tuition and teaching materials are accessible to our parent body.
    » To offer a series of performances that these communities can be part of, or attend – in and out of class time.
    » To ensure our parents are kept engaged and informed about our programme, particularly at the transition stage from primary to secondary.

    What success will look like

    Reports of good parental engagement / attendance across our community of schools. Action taken to encourage parental involvement.

    Aim 5

    To identify children with exceptional musical potential for our 'Pathways' programme.


    » To actively encourage children who show potential to voice their desire to take part on the programme.
    » To keep parents briefed and involved, so they feel confident to encourage their children on this path.
    » To ensure that teachers nurture all children, regardless of musical ability, whilst remaining attentive to exceptional musical talent.

    What success will look like

    To ensure all (means-tested) children showing the necessary potential are presented with zero barriers to access our mentoring programme.

  • Impact


    Two-fold: we impact on the social construction of the sector injecting it with diverse demographics, ideas and talent. We are also working on how children, from some of London’s most challenged communities, perceive their futures. By empowering our youth with an explicit disregard for DNA, life context and environment - we are doing the opposite to many they will come into contact with. We are saying ‘you have greatness within’, all you need is the chance to access the tools to unleash it!


    There are variables that we do not control. A child’s home environment may impact on their ability to practice; we factor in additional in-school time. A school might have budget cuts that prevent it from committing its contribution to the programme; we help schools fundraise and continue to support in excess of 80% of the costs of the programme. We might have a decline in school roll; our Team will adjust the programme to attain the same high standards, but in line with a school's needs.


    Depending on the profile of the donor (according to financial support), we have different levels of engagement. We use newsletters, emails, our annual report, periodic school updates, and invite our entire community to our public performances. We also respond well to individual enquiries.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,660

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      Amount Heading Description
      £29,950 Teaching Teaching costs for St Barnabas' C of E Primary School
      £710 Instruments Violins for all K1 and K2 children at St Barnabas' C of E Primary School

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Buffini Chao Foundation £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our TBG project focuses on our music programme at St Barnabas' C of E Primary School, in Westminster. This is a smaller-than-average-sized primary school where the proportion of pupils known to be eligible for support through pupil premium funding is well above the national average. Furthermore, over 90% of pupils are from minority ethnic groups and those who are disabled or who have been identified with special educational needs is higher than the national average.


    73 children across Reception, Years 1, 2, 3 and 4. Children aged four – eight. Four teachers across musicianship and instrumental classes. Assuming an average household of 2.47 individuals, the broader community impact will be at least 110 family members. Furthermore, counting with public performances, our inaugural Children’s Music Festival, and community ‘bridge’ projects, we will reach a broader group of individuals. This year’s Queen Elizabeth Hall performance included an audience of 900+.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have 10 years of experience, and have reached over 2,000 demonstrated impact across 3 boroughs and 7 diverse communities with 2,000+ children. Every graduate of LMM Learning has taken and successfully passed an ABRSM graded exam (grades 1 - 6). Children from our first five years of graduates have received scholarships to independent schools, bursaries and music awards, now totalling over £255,000

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Roz DeVile – LMM Learning Director

    Roz studied composition & violin performance at KCL. Roz led the management and development of an East London primary school’s music programme.

    Dafydd Evans – Projects And Partnerships Manager

    Studied music in Cardiff. Moving to London, he then coordinated the national training programme for teachers & arts practitioners for the Art Award.

    Katrina Damigos – Teachers And Training Manager

    Trained as a violinist and singer (Purcell School, Royal Northern College of Music) before becoming dedicated to Music education and Ethnomusicology.

    Brendan Shanahan - Head Teacher

    Dedicated head teacher with a wealth of experience in the primary sector, and a strong supporter of music education

LMM Learning video

I'm so happy to be involved with London Music Masters because the work that I've seen them do is something that I really, really believe in - to see young children really enjoying music and learning their instrument from a very young age, which I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to do.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cellist