Back in 2006, 4 Part Music revolutionised the way Schools were able to record a CD when we came up with the model of offering Free* Recording Sessions to Primary schools all over the UK. More than 10 years later and schools now account for a significant proportion of the recordings we do every year. Working on the basis that ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’, we are still offering this opportunity to Primary schools today.
Surely nothing is free?
There’s no such thing as a free lunch is how the saying goes. But with our recordings, the session is absolutely free* for Primary Schools. There is no catch, all we ask is for every pupil to be involved in the recording and feature on the CD in some capacity whether as part of a whole school song, in a choir, singing in their year group or playing in an instrumental group for example.
How does it work?
We know that teachers are busy people and Schools are carefully timetabled to make optimum use of the time available. Therefore our recordings have been designed to work around this. There are several stages involved in making a recording with 4 Part Music, but each one has been designed to be simple, effective and work around the way your school works.
Book a Session
Once you have decided to choose 4 Part Music to help with your next recording then all you need to do is give us a call on 01225 302143 and tell us when you would like us to come and record. Alternatively you can drop us an email with your suggested dates and a member of our team will get back to you within 24 hours to confirm.
Prepare for the recording day
Our mobile recording rig was designed with schools in mind. We have a huge array of microphones and specialist kit which means you can record anything you like in pretty much any way you like. For example your school choir might sing with a piano accompaniment whilst the year groups might prefer to sing to backing tracks. Later on you might have a band with electric guitars or a wind quintet. All you have to do is decide what you would like to record and then enjoy rehearsing with your pupils ahead of the recording day.
On the day
Our recording engineers will arrive at your school around 7.30am in order to set up our mobile studio in a suitable space – usually the school hall. Don’t worry if you also use your hall as a dining room. We can easily move the kit out the way for lunch and then put it all back in place afterwards. Within reason there are no time limits, other than your school day. We generally record until about 3pm which gives you plenty of time to record 10 or 12 tracks which will make for a really interesting and varied CD.
After the session
Once we have finished recording at your school we take all our kit away and turn the raw material into a professionally mastered and produced CD. Our team of graphic designers will help you with the CD Artwork and then usually within 10 days Professionally produced CDs all individually cellophane wrapped are delivered to your school for you to sell to parents and friends.
Profit from CD Sales
The Recording session is completely free to your school. All we ask is that you buy a number of CD’s which can then be sold on to parents or at school fairs. To ensure there is no financial risk to your school most schools will pre sell CD’s so that by the time you order them from us you already have the money. Depending on the quantity ordered CDs will cost you around £4 per unit. Most schools will sell the discs for between £8 and £10 which means based on 300 units you could make a tidy profit of over £1000 which can be invested in school funds.
It really is that simple. And most importantly a CD recording is a fantastic experience for your pupils and something they will remember for the rest of their lives.
*Free recording sessions are available to Primary Schools in the UK where all pupils take part in the recording – terms and conditions apply