A round up of Trinity's online support, and ideas from across the web
We are living in unprecedented times. Due to Covid-19 children are no longer in school and many traditional instrumental, drama and other arts teaching can no longer continue as normal. This resource aims to bring together some of the best resources from the internet to help you maintain your teaching from a distance, especially if you are delivering Arts Award remotely. One thing is certain - the arts are flourishing and creative solutions to engaging with the arts and culture are emerging daily. This page will be continuously updated, and if you see any ideas or resources you think we should be highlighting, do get in touch.
Trinity's online support and guidance
The offices may be closed, but the Trinity team is still working hard to bring you support and resources to enable you to continue your teaching and engagement throughout the Covid-19 shut down. Contact us if you have any questions about your teaching, are concerned about exams or if we can support you in any way.
- Trinity's YouTube channel is a great place to start for exam samples, extracts of pieces, and interviews with musicians and more
- The Trinity Music Resources page has a huge range of videos and support to help with remote teaching.
- For Rock & Pop, our Practice Room has a huge range of resources and videos to support learning at home.
- If you or students are continuing their music learning at home, some syllabuses have pieces on Spotify, enabling them to see if what they are playing sounds right
- If you are a singing teacher, our Guide to Singing provides hints and tips for teaching which we hope will be useful now and beyond
- For Drama, our online resources give students examples of what pieces could be like for different grades, as well as providing guidance from examiners. Also for Drama, our Online Anthology provides ideas for pieces to work on while at home, and for when you are able to be back in the classroom.
Discover at Home
In these challenging times, the team at Arts Award and Trinity College London are keen to provide support to parents, carers, children and young people to enable them to continue to engage in the arts and culture from home.
Discover at Home is a special version of Arts Award Discover. Discover at Home is a set of resources from Arts Award and Trinity College London, with expert support provided regionally in England by Arts Council England’s Bridge Organisations. Our free downloadable resource pack is designed to enable anyone to support a child or young person through their Discover at Home journey, even if you don’t have any prior knowledge or understanding of Arts Award.
Centres Running online Discover at Home programmes
We have collated a selection of Arts Award centres who are running a remote Discover programme. If you would like to take part in Discover at Home and enter your child, or children, for a certificate, you will need to go via an Arts Award centre (such as these below). You can find out more about Discover at Home on our dedicated page for this opportunity. Please note that we cannot guarantee that these centres will be able to enter your child for a certificate.
If you are an Arts Award centre running a Discover at Home programme and would like to be featured here, please contact us.
- The Culture Trust, Luton, have created a set of Discover resources enabling children to achieve Discover while on their daily walk around their local area
- University of Cambridge Museums have launched an online Arts Award Discover programme for anyone to engage with
- Jackdaws is offering remote Arts Award, supporting young people to complete their Arts Award Discover-Silver
- Shropshire Libraries have created a wonderful online programme for Arts Award Discover and Explore
- Lapworth Museum has a Discover at Home programme
- Children from Eastleigh Borough Council can access The Point's Discover at Home programme
- The Historic Dockyard, Chatham have created their own Discover at Home programme, with the chance to attend a Dockyard Award Ceremony to receive your certificate when events can take place again
- For children in the East Midlands, The Spark Arts for Children have a Discover log and support programme running
- Sunderland Culture is running a 6-week Discover at Home programme until mid-July
- Tees Valley Museums have created a Discover at Home programme
We also recently hosted a webinar with the Kent Children's University, looking at how they offer Discover, which may be of interest.
Music and Drama Resources
There are a huge amount of resources flooding the internet on a daily basis to help students continue their work at home. Here is a non-exhaustive list of those we have found:
- NYMAZ has an excellent series of webinars and support coming up for online music education.
- Musical Futures have published a blog with their top 10 resources for music teachers working with home based students
- BBC 10 Pieces is an excellent resource for learning about music and having access to high qualify music for children, with supporting resources and study guides. For the summer term 10 Pieces will also be connecting schools with BBC musicians for online workshops - an incredible opportunity and great for all levels of Arts Award
- The Royal Opera House have scheduled a number of their productions to be streamed over Facebook and YouTube throughout the coming month. Launching with Peter and the Wolf, Acis and Galatea, Cosi fan tutte, and The Metamorphosis, the opera house plans on adding to their initial offer of free broadcasts as the weeks progress.
- Beat Goes On are running daily 'Body Beats' sessions online
- The Great British Home Chorus is an opportunity for people of all ages to come together and sing and make music together
- Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments
- The Benedetti Foundation have a growing list of videos to engage with
- Fender is offering 3 free months of lessons to the first 500,000 who sign up for Fender Play
- Music Express from Collins Music is currently free to access while schools are closed
- Shakespeare Schools Foundation are running their #SummerofShakespeare programme, with 6 different Shakespeare plays explored through resources. Suitable for students 8- 18 with accessible resources for SEND learners too
- British Council Theatre and Dance has a round up of theatre and dance performances online, regularly updated
- The Globe Theatre has released it's entire library of Shakespeare's plays online
- Burt's Drama will be posting daily free drama lessons, each lasting approximately one hour.
- Theatre Resources for Isolation has been compiled by Ollie Jones at the University of York and brings many things together already, including an extensive list of performances available to watch online
- The National Theatre has announced that it's NT Collection will be free to access for students at home. If you are a school check with them directly regarding access for your students
- Also from the National Theatre, New Views is an excellent playwriting programme with accompanying videos and guides - excellent for any drama/English crossover
- The RSC has developed a partnership with Marquee TV to bring a number of their shows online, with a free 30 day access for now
- What's On Stage has released a list of stage shows, musicals and opera you can watch online now for free
- Drama Resource offers online courses for drama teachers and will be producing a new, free course to help teachers create and publish content online
- Annie Sutton, author of Theatre in Practice, has a video and guidance for mask work using just a cereal box
- Alive and Kicking have some great resources for drama for primary aged children
- Gecko Theatre have full versions of their non-touring shows online, as well as a great YouTube channel
- Nonsuch Studios have launched Creative Quarantine, a daily email of creative activities and adventures for people young and old to do in their own home
- Vamos Theatre have released short education films in Mask Theatre and accompanying worksheets to give to all schools and colleges for free
- The National Theatre of Scotland has launched Scenes for Survival, an alternative theatrical online programme for isolated audiences across Scotland and beyond
- Mousetrap have launched #EveryHomeATheatre, setting a new creative challenge each week for all members of the household
- Frantic Assembly have launched Frantic Digital, a new resource designed to take you behind the scenes of the Frantic Method; sharing insights into the creative and rehearsal process, practical creative tasks and fun, production related warm ups that can all be safely tried at home.
- From the 15-22 May you will be able to watch Complicité’s The Encounter via their website and YouTube channel
- Theatre Centre have launched the ImagiNation Festival, and are looking for people to record their performances of newly-written plays which address coronavirus
Wider arts learning support
The wider arts world is also stepping up to the plate. Here we cover visual arts, craft, dance, circus and all other creative activities.
This section is particularly useful for Arts Award advisers, and we will highlight how each suggestion could be used for an Arts Award.
- For older children and young people, OpenLearn has a range of free online courses exploring visual art
- Art UK is the online home for every public art collection in the UK, with online art from over 3200 institutions
- The National Portrait Gallery has a great online tool, with art grouped into themes, eras and more. Also useful for any history learning that may be happening at home
- V21 Artspace produces 3D visual walkthroughs and immersive VR experiences for arts and culture organisations
- The Big Draw hosts a festival every autumn, however their wonderful website has lots of resources and ideas for drawing throughout the year
- National Saturday Clubs have launched National Saturday Club online, with a wide range of inspiration and activities for older children to engage with. Perfect for higher levels of Arts Award
There are so many ways you can continue to experience heritage and culture from home. Some of our suggestions include:
- Google Arts & Culture, allowing you to 'visit' famous museums, historic sites and much more from your home. This covers everything from Pompeii to the Taj Mahal to past exhibitions in some of our own UK museums. A must for long days at home!
- Family Days Tried and Tested also have a list of online experiences from museums to aquariums and more
- The Roman Baths have a selection of activities to complete at home, including some nice Easter-themed ideas (most suitable for younger children)
- The BBC have launched 'Culture In Quarantine', and made a commitment to sharing as much as possible and refocusing their arts role as a public service broadcaster at this time.
- World renowned literature festival Hay Festival are running a special free digital programme for schools from May 18-22
- Into Film run film clubs across the UK, and have a range of online resources to support home engagement in film as well. Check to see if your school has a film club you are able to access
- Culture Street has instructions for things like animation, films about museums and galleries, interviews with artists and more, aimed at KS2 & 3
- One Dance UK have an online series of resources to support remote dance teaching
- Our friends at Festival Bridge have gathered together a wealth of online opportunities both for those who want to give it a go or to just sit back enjoy and relax
- Birmingham Royal Ballet have created Home from Home, with live class broadcasts
- The Royal Opera House have launched 'Create and Learn', a weekly set of activities to get children singing, dancing and making
- Durham University Libraries and Collections have a great range of online resources exploring heritage, libraries, archives and more
- Rambert have launched Rambert Home Studio - Technique class for GCSE dance students. On Thursdays at 2pm, join Rambert dancers for a class on technique to support the performance element of GCSE Dance. An amazing opportunity to learn from world-class dancers - great evidence for Arts Award as well!
- The BFI has a series of online filmmaking clubs for children
- The Craft Council has a great round up of ideas for activities and resources for home-based crafting for all ages. They have also released downloadable Arts Award Bronze and Silver logbooks to help young people with achieving these levels in craft at home.
- Craftivist Collective have some great ideas for projects to get stuck into at home
- Creativebug hosts craft lessons, such as knitting, jewellery-making, drawing and origami
Advice and ideas for parents/carers
We recommend that you pre-vet any online resource you intend your child to access, especially if they are under the age of 14. Trinity is not responsible for the content of these suggestions and has shared them in good faith.
Some resources we think may be useful if you are a non-arts specialist or a parent looking to support your children at this time:
- Teaching from home from the BBC
- Birmingham Contemporary Music Group have launched an online programme for children to achieve Arts Award Discover or Explore at home
- The Point, Eastleigh have created a wonderful Discover at Home programme for local residents
- Chichester Festival Theatre have created online resource packs for young people wanting to complete an Arts Award at home. They are also offering to arrange moderation for a small fee
- Sing Up have a great resource for those teaching at home to encourage singing - well known to have many positive benefits for all
- BookTrust have launched their Hometime resources, with free online books and videos and much more guidance and inspiration for reading and books
- Fantastic for Families is always a good resource, and are now highlighting arts and creative activities to do from home. Make sure to also check out their social media feeds
- Show Me is a family-friendly resources, with games, collections, videos, stories, homework help and family days out from museums and galleries
- My Learning collates free learning resources from arts, cultural and heritage organisations
- 64 Million Artists are trialling a two-week daily creative challenge for everyone to get involved in
- Chatter Pack has a long list of free, online, boredom-busting resources, for the arts and more
- Amazon's Audible has said that for as long as schools are closed, children can stream stories across six languages
- SecEd have published a comprehensive round up of online tools and resources cross-subject
- Victoria Art Gallery have a selection of activities based on their current exhibitions, suitable for younger children
- Phoenix Cinema has a great range of creative activities to be done at home
- Liverpool Museums have launched My Home is My Museum, for children aged 4-11. They are encouraging children to see the magic in what they have at home, and turn this into their own 'collection'.
- Out of the Ark have released a series of activities for free during this time, to help support singing at home
- Lyme Regis Museum have released Make & Do, a series of creative activities based on their fossil collections
The websites we have linked to have been shared in good faith. Trinity College London / Arts Award are not responsible for their content. We would recommend children are always supervised when online. If young people are communicating with you, or others, via video or video call ensure that you have considered the safeguarding implications and are following your organisations’ own safeguarding policy.
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