Modulo Programme

Shortlisted for Best Musical Initiative at the 2017 Music Teacher Awards

What is the Modulo Programme?

Calling all music teachers and community music leaders working with 11-18 year-olds! Give your young musicians the chance to perform as part of a large-scale orchestra on a world class stage.

The programme supports you to establish or develop a small ensemble - a Modulo - of between 4 - 10 young people aged 11-18. The players can be of any instrument skill level or experience - whether tab-reading guitarists, open string players or keyboard players (who we encourage to play on melodicas at our Modulo Meets). We give you all the notation and rehearsal resources you need to get your Modulo started in school, and then everyone comes together twice a year - once regionally, in the spring, and once nationally, in the summer. This year, we are excited to announce that we will also be offering an in-school workshop to every Modulo group. These will be delivered by one of our artistic partners: BBC Philharmonic, City of London Sinfonia, and The LEAP Ensemble.

Who does the Modulo Programme?

In short, all sorts! Groups could include:

  • NQT-led Modulos of a small group of beginner players 

  • Schools with no other music ensemble opportunities

  • Modulos made up of mixed-skill level and instrument style (think guitars and clarinets!)

  • Year 6 / Year 7 feeder school partnerships

  • A community youth group with a wide range of musical experience

Please note: the programme is aimed at young people aged 11-18 years.

How much does it cost?

We ask schools who can afford to to contribute £250 to participating in the programme - this covers access to this year's and previous years' music and supporting resources, and attendance at two Modulo Meets. However, we're aware that this is prohibitive for some groups' budgets. If this is you, please let us know on the Participation Form! We have ways of supporting you, including through your local music hub and bursary options.

What's happening in Modulo 2018-19?

This year's theme is WordPlay, exploring the relationship between music and words and how music can communicate meaning and tell stories. This theme is covering work across the three Orchestras for All programmes, and we've been busy creating some exciting arrangements and resources that we hope all Modulo members will enjoy getting stuck into this autumn. 

We will be playing:

As well as gaining access to password-protected resource repository with all the instrument parts, backing tracks and rehearsal and warm-up ideas you could ever want, you'll be sent a pack of resources including a bespoke score for your ensemble. 

Who's involved in Modulo 2018-19?

We're delighted to have received significant funding for this year's programme from the Arts Council. As a result we're introducing an exciting new regional network of artistic partnerships to support all Modulos:

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As well as supporting your students at the Modulo Meets, these ensembles will offer an in-school masterclass workshop to all participating Modulo schools.

What are the Modulo Meets?

Modulo Meets are a chance for everyone participating in the programme to come together to rehearse the repertoire, and participate in a creative response workshop. Modulo Meets are led by a team of experienced professional musicians, including our artistic partners, in each instrumental section. 

The day culminates in an informal sharing of work from the day, which parents and school community members are welcome to attend, also streamed live on our Facebook page.

When are the Modulo Meets?

This sounds great! How do I join?

The participation form for taking part in the 2019-2020 Modulo Programme will open in September 2019. We’ll need to know: 

  • Some basic details about you, your Modulo and school or community context. 

  • Roughly which instruments you expect to participate in the programme. This is so we can create a bespoke score for you. It's fine to just give us a rough idea, and all the parts you'll ever need are available on the Modulo online repository!

  • Answers to some baseline questions about your Modulo - no worries if it's too early to answer some of the questions - just tell us what you can! Research and evaluation is key to ensuring the programme meets the needs of all participants, and can continue in the future. 

  • Which Regional and National Meet you'll be attending. Let us know if your have any concerns about this - we can support you with travel and admin such as risk assessments and permission letters

  • Which days and times would work well for an in-school workshop visit

  • If you're able to contribute the £250 participation fee

Once you've completed this, we'll send you your bespoke score, a pack of rehearsal resources and access to our online repository to get you started. 

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Get in touch!

For further details about how to get involved in the Modulo Programme as a teacher or Music Hub leader, or if you have any questions, comments or feedback about the Modulo Programme, please get in touch:


By phone: 0207 267 4141

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