Barnsley Music Education Hub website now has new features which we really hope will support schools. As well as a new Online Learning section that was developed last term, we have also been working hard to reduce the amount of printed paper resources that we use, therefore we have included the following documents online:

·         Pupil Practice Diary

·         Pupil Handbook (Lots of information about how lessons work)

·         New Starter Form (Pink Form)

Here is The link to these documents:

Percussion City

Today was ‘Percussion City’ day in Birkwood. Our 11 drummers were delighted to welcome Mr. Ramskill back. The ‘noisy neighbours’ have returned – great news!

Welcome Back Birkwood Brass 

Today was a very exciting, musical day! Mr. Dodd returned to Birkwood- at last! It was lessons (and smiles) all round for our experienced performers as well as some really enthusiastic newbies.


Saxophone News 

Mrs. Laycock, our woodwind teacher came into school today – it’s great to have the sound of flutes, clarinets and saxophones in school! Here’s a gorgeous snap of our newest saxophonist – he thoroughly enjoyed his first lesson!

Day One 

We were delighted to hear music in school again today. It’s fantastic to welcome our instrumental music teachers back at Birkwood. Mr Fuller, our strings teacher, was first through the door and our guitarists were really pleased to see him.

Oh Happy Day!

We all enjoyed a team-building INSET day at the start of this half term. Thank you to Sharon(sharonstaceymusic) and Keith from Barnsley Music Hub for showing us how to sing in harmony and play along to the rhythm.

Keen Clarinetist

He has been learning clarinet for just 6 months and was REALLY keen to share his skills on film today. We are proud of you!

What a Roarsome Assembly!

The Foxes entertained a huge audience this week with their amazing class assembly. They shared facts about dinosaurs, writing, music and art work. Mr Lennon would have been very proud of their recorder performance, it was very special. Thank you to our #incrediblecommunity for all your support and well done to all The Year 2 Foxes.

Great News! 

This hardworking musician has impressed Mr Dodd with her skill and progression over recent weeks. We are really proud!

Cheerful Sounds

There are cheery Friday morning violin melodies coming from the Music Room. You’re sounding great!

He’s Done the Double…

His bandmates are delighted for him as it is the 2nd time that Mr. Dodd has awarded him with the Birkwood Bandsperson of the Week. This time it is for sheer HARD WORK! He is putting in the hours of practice… and as we ALL know “Practice makes Mr Dodd happy!”

Brass News

This week’s bandperson is one of our amazing percussionists. He is most certainly impressing Mr Dodd and his whole brass team!

Saturday School

Lots of our Birkwood Brass musicians attended Grimethorpe Youth Band’s Fledglings session on Saturday morning. Mrs Sutton went to see how they were getting on and was very proud!

Absolutely Excellent

We are very pleased to introduce this week’s Birkwood Brass Bandsperson. She is nominated by Mr Dodd for her positive, helpful and inspirational approach to music lessons. CONGRATULATIONS!


Our Robins are making excellent progress in their class brass music lessons. They are increasingly confident with notation as well as enjoying performing as an ensemble.


This week’s Bandperson has been selected by Mr Dodd for ‘stepping up’ his practice and commitment to his tenor horn and his teacher. Brilliant news!

Guitar Duo 

There were some beautiful melodies coming from the music room today.

Violin Central

All 5 of our violinists are working really hard! Here are 2 of them in their lesson today.

Fantastic Flautists

Mrs Laycock is extremely impressed with her wonderful flute team. Their progress is very encouraging – keep up the great work and commitment girls!


Hattrick Hero

This is our very worthy third bandsperson of the week. She has devoted time and effort into learning her solo in just 1 week! What a fantastic achievement.