Blog

Here you will find regular musings on everything from what we’ve been doing recently to what’s going on in the music education world locally, nationally and international.

This is also the space where we will share with you all musical things that we love!

Meet a Musician: Felicity Mullins, Percussionist

Posted on: 18th September 2017

We ask professional musicians the questions you really want to know (but might never get the chance to ask) in a new series of blog posts entitled ‘Meet a Musician.’ Felicity Mullins is a professional percussionist and has been delivering samba, African drumming and percussion projects for SoundStorm since 2015. We had a chat when she popped...
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Work Experience opportunity at the BSO

Posted on: 6th September 2017

Want to see what it’s like to work for one of the UK’s top symphony orchestras? The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has developed a work experience programme based on Bronze Arts Award for students aged 14-18, taking place during various weeks throughout the 2017/18 academic year. Please contact Ellie Sherwood (BSO Participate Coordinator) via esherwood@bsorchestra.co.uk for...
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Free Workshop with the BSO

Posted on: 5th September 2017

Saturday 14th October 2017 For looked after children aged 7-13 Create music alongside professional musicians from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Bring and instrument, or try one of theirs. All abilities and musical tastes welcome. Sponsored by the Richard Ely Trust for Young Musicians. Deadline for bookings is Friday 6th October. For more information, dates and...
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Government announces music education hub funding

Posted on: 30th November 2016

Great news! The government has announced that it will spend £300m on music education hubs over the next four years, maintaining current levels of central investment. The funding, which will continue to be administered by Arts Council England, will support the hubs’ work with schools, local authorities and community organisations. £75m had already been announced...
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5 ways music education could be improved in primary schools

Posted on: 13th October 2016

The benefits of music to a child’s development generally, cannot be overstated enough. But often, music can be undervalued in some schools. Many teachers face a considerable struggle to implement a solid, progressive music curriculum and quality extra-curricular music activities in their schools.
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The iPad Elements Project with St. Mary’s School

Posted on: 5th April 2016

Nathan Thomas, one of our music hub partners talks us through his process of teaching music tech & composition on the iPad in St Mary’s Primary School. In this project I introduced 60 children to composition with 15 iPads using an app called iMaschine. Rebecca Turner (their teacher) and I split the 60 children into 4 groups – Earth, wind, fire and...
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Renowned Jazz Musicians lead workshop with Poole High

Posted on: 25th February 2016

On February the 11th Poole High’s Music Department in partnership with Soundstorm hosted a workshop with world renowned jazz musicians. The Patrick Cornelius Quintet led a high energy, virtuoso workshop for year 11-13 music students.  The quintet, led by the USA saxophonist and composer features award winning guitarist Phil Robson, acclaimed bassist Michael Janisch, trombonist...
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Good news to start 2016

Posted on: 18th January 2016

Happy 2016! I’m delighted to report good news to start the new year. I’m referring to the Government’s autumn spending review, in November, which brought fears that the arts and cultural education would take another big hit (after Arts Council  England faced cuts of 30% in the last parliament). It’s certainly  true that local authority...
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Jamming with your toddler: how music trumps reading for childhood development

Posted on: 2nd November 2015

Forget the Mozart Effect and Baby Einstein, take it easy on acquisitions for your two-year-old’s private library, and don’t fret if your three-year-old hasn’t started violin lessons just yet. The key to unlocking a child’s potential intelligence and happiness may indeed lie in music, but succumbing to the commercial juggernaut that is the baby-genius-making industry...
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