We are delighted to offer free musical instruments alongside three years of classical musical tuition to all students joining us from September 2014, courtesy of our partnership with the Andrew Lloyd Webber – Music in Secondary Schools Trust programme (MiSST).

The MiSST programme aims to, develop team-working skills, improve discipline and enrich the learning of students through the creativity of music. Launched in 2013, we are proud to have been selected as one of only four secondary schools in London to participate in this inspiring scheme.

IMG_4906Our lucky Year 7 students will receive an orchestral string instrument alongside compulsory musical education for three years, all free of charge. The programme looks to extend the musical capabilities of each student, developing their self-confidence and igniting a passion for Music and the Arts. Each student will be given the opportunity to regularly perform in a number of IAMS musical events, ensembles and orchestral groups, stimulating their learning and enabling them to showcase their musical talent to IAMS students, parents and staff.

IMG_4858It is an exciting time for music this year at IAMS, with the launch of this initiative and our new Head of Creative Arts, enriching our place in the community as a centre of excellence for Arts and Media. We look forward to hearing lots of music being made in the school and seeing the students showing us their talents over the coming months.





Islington Arts and Media School students chosen for free musical instruments and tuition from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Programme, Music in Secondary Schools Trust

If you enter the corridors of Islington Arts and Media School (IAMS) there is a buzz of excitement coming from the Creative Arts Department.  Year 7 students who have just started their first Music 2term at IAMS are being given an orchestral instrument, one-to-one music mentoring and classical music lessons in an instrument of their choice for three years.  Being one of only six schools in London to have been selected for the prestigious Music in Secondary Schools Trust – The Andrew Lloyd Webber Programme, you can see why the students and teachers are excited.

The programme originated at Highbury Grove School and supported by lord Andrew Lloyd Webber who granted funding as a result of seeing the huge improvement in students’ engagement to not only music but their studies as a whole.

The students are being taught by some of the best musicians in the country from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama who are supporting the programme and working in IAMS state-of-the-art music department.  This partnership looks to inspire and enrich the musical capabilities of each student, developing their self-confidence and musical talent whilst building personalised relationships with the experienced and gifted Guildhall student mentors.

Music 1“It was very exciting to receive my Viola and I have taken it home to practise.  I am really looking forward to playing in the concerts”. Azana Patterson Year 7 pupil.

“I am delighted to welcome the partnership between IAMS and the Music in Secondary Schools Trust supported by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Their experience and knowledge of music will help to inspire and motivate our students in their own music and learning. Creative Arts is pivotal to developing professional skills and attitudes that can be used in all aspects of life and I look forward to our students and showcasing their talent in school performances and ensembles soon.” Jonathan Dow, Head of Creative Arts at IAMS

“This project offers a life changing opportunity for our young people and we thrilled to be part of the MISST programme. Our pupils were simply delighted when they opened the instruments for the first time and then took them home. This initiative strengthens and underpins our vision of EVERY STUDENT A SCHOLAR”.

Diana Osagie, Head teacher at IAMS.

For further information please contact Jonathan Dow, Head of Creative Arts on 020 7281 5511 or visit the MiSST website.

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