Live Music Now Online - Schools
Video Library for schools and families
Recorded concerts and music sessions for children and young people. Suitable for use in schools and at home.
Welcome to our new online library of videos for schools and families. Below you will find a range of performances and inclusive musical activities devised by LMN musicians, inspired by their visits to special schools across the UK. The videos are designed to be accessible for children and young people with additional learning needs. They all provide opportunities to join in and learn new things about music. This library is a new area of work for us, so if you have feedback or ideas, please let us know by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are grateful to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and other funders for supporting the production of the LMN Online resources and programme.
Note: Captions are available on all videos. Click on 'CC' at the bottom right of the You Tube video screen to turn them on or off.
You can read about all our options for bringing Live Music Now musicians virtually into your school or home here.
You can access our video library for care homes and older people living at home here.
Length: 23 minutes / Genre: Folk / Suitable for all ages
Mishra: A relaxed and inclusive music session on the theme of nature, featuring Kate Griffin and Ford Collier playing the banjo, whistle, guitar and calabash. The musicians perform some of their original songs and invite you to join in with singing and accompanying actions, all taught in the video. Ideas for making homemade instruments are in the video description.
Length: 24 minutes / Featured instruments: Handpan and saxophone / Suitable for all ages
Boubakiki: Rosie Bergonzi and Joe Steele bring the fun of their live interactive concerts to the screen! Featuring a variety of pieces – from the relaxing to the energetic, the old to the brand new –with opportunities to join in. We recommend having a bit of space to move around in and a piece of fabric to join in ‘Peaceful Waves’.
Length: 21 mins / Genre: Pop/Jazz / Suitable for All Ages
Back Chat Brass from Leeds perform a fun and interactive music session featuring some well-loved pop and jazz tunes. Tom, Simon, Andy and Matthew will introduce you to the different instruments in the band and involve everyone in some musical games. A great opportunity to see a Sousaphone!
Length: 19 mins / Featured instruments: Percussion / Suitable for all ages
Percussion Concert: Luke and Iolo from Quartet 19 show off some of their favourite percussion instruments including the Marimba, Xylophone and Glockenspiel, performing music from Disney and Harry Potter. Bring your shakers, pots and pans to join in with some rhythm games.
Length: 24 mins / Genres: Classical and Traditional / Suitable for primary aged children
Elfair Dyer (harp): Elfair performs a mixed programme demonstrating the wonderful sounds of the harp. Plenty of opportunities to join, with some use of Makaton, help to make this a very engaging session. Bring a soft toy to relax with during the “Sea to Skye”, watch out for the “Red Backed Spider” and enjoy the theme from Pixar’s UP.
Length: 20 mins / Featured instrument: Kora / Suitable for all ages
Gambian musician, Jali Bakary Konteh, introduces you to the kora - a West African harp. Jali invites you to join in with him as he performs traditional Gambian songs and his own song ‘Foroya’ (Loyalty). This video is a special commission for The Village School, Brent.
Length: 21 mins / Genre: Classical / Particularly suitable for younger children
A Musical Safari: Rachel (piano) and Ed (baritone) lead a fun, interactive session exploring some classical songs about animals including The Butterfly Song, The Hippo Song, The Owl and the Pussycat and Swan Lake. They use accompanying props, percussion instruments, movement and actions, along with some Makaton to create a very engaging session.
Length: 22 mins / Genre: Classical / Particularly suitable for younger children
The Musical Pirates: Meera Maharaj (flute) and James Girling (guitar) from the Meraki Duo have written an original story to enjoy, with narration and lego visuals! The Musical Pirates travel the seas, collecting songs from around the world. Before the story begins, the musicians demonstrate their instruments and introduce some of the music that you’ll hear in the film.
Length: 22 mins / Featured Instruments: Ukulele & fiddle / Suitable for younger children
Join Angharad Jenkins from Welsh folk group Calan for a fun music session with help from her monkey Mickey! She introduces us to the ukulele, performs two pieces on her fiddle and teaches two catchy songs to join in with. Angharad uses some Makaton to create a friendly, inclusive session.
Length: 23 minutes / Featured Instruments: fiddle / Suitable for early years / Cymraeg
Sesiwn Cymraeg gyda Angharad Jenkins - Angharad from traditional Welsh folk group Calan invites you to join in with some fun songs and introduces her fiddle. The session is in Welsh language and is particularly suitable for early years and younger children with additional learning needs.
Length: 22 mins / Featured Instruments: clarinets / Suitable for younger children
Join Katie Hole and Daisy Evans for an interactive concert created for an additional needs audience. Exploring the theme of the 'weather', it follows a week in the life of Katie and Daisy, which is communicated through a daily video conversation. There is use of Makaton throughout. Explore the 'Preparation Sheet' that accompanies this video to gather instruments and materials. If you would like to sing-along, there are also song sheets with the relevant lyrics.
Length: 16 min / Genre: Classical / Suitable for younger children
Join Chameleon as they take you on adventure into the jungle where you’ll meet two exciting animals and create your own storm. Don’t forget to grab your favourite animal teddy to dance along too! Featuring music from “Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saëns performed by Freya Chambers, Cara Houghton, Eleanor Mills and Jessica Tomlinson.
Length: 22 minutes / Genre: Classical / Suitable for younger children
Glain Dafydd (harp): Glain introduces her beautiful instrument and invites you to draw your own rainbow whilst she performs “Over the Rainbow”. There opportunities to join in some musical games using your own percussion instruments found around the house. The concert finishes with a relaxing piece of music “La Source” depicting the sounds of water.
Length: 18 mins / Genre:: Classical / Suitable for All Ages
Abi and Iwan present a short violin and piano concert. “Czardas” and “Tico Tico” are fun, lively pieces - join in with clapping (or use percussion instruments if you have any). “Meditation” and “Ashokan Farewell” have a calmer feel to help you relax. The musicians tell you about some of the things to listen out for in the music.
Length: 16 minutes / Genre: Classical / Suitable for younger children
Durufle Duo: Rosie Bowker and Henrietta Hill are Durufle Duo. Join them as they introduce you to their instruments – the flute and viola. They will take you on a journey to meet some musical animals and get you singing and playing along with them. The Durufle Duo use Makaton and additional visuals to help engage children with language and communication difficulties. Download their information sheet with tips on how to make your own homemade shaker and the words to 'Old MacDonald's Farm' here.
Resources for special schools and families
Some LMN musicians have had the pleasure of working in special schools as a “Musician in Residence”, leading year-long musical programmes for children and staff. Below are some music sessions, songs and resources they created based on their experiences in their host schools.
Percussion at Home:
Musical Games Session:
My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean:
How to play the ukulele
Stop and Go Clap along, dance or move and then stop when the music stops.
Dreadless A calm piece to enjoy or play along to with the ‘heartbeat’ rhythm.
Polka Join in with Nicola by playing the rhythm using percussion instruments or clapping