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!

Event Photography Commission

Posted on: 15th March 2017

Paid photography commission for 3 upcoming music events in Bournemouth and Poole. We are on the lookout for a freelance event photographer who is confident in documenting live performances and can demonstrate this within their portfolio. The commission includes photographing documentary/lifestyle shots of pre-show rehearsals, then capturing the live performances of two small scale evening...
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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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Introducing Sound Wave Sinfonia

Posted on: 28th April 2016

…and a new Hub partnership with Musical Chairs Summer school Sound Wave Sinfonia formed in 2015 as a community orchestra welcoming all orchestral instruments. Whilst the music is taken seriously with an eclectic repertoire to suit all tastes, rehearsals are a friendly affair.  Staging three events per year to showcase the endeavours and to encourage...
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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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Take Note

Posted on: 3rd March 2016

On the 17th – 19th February, a group of passionate young musicians aged 13-18 took part in a week of activities to inspire a career in the music industry. In partnership with Generator, CMC and Lighthouse, SoundStorm presented ‘Take Note,’ with a mix of interactive workshops and special guest speakers. The week began with a collaborative...
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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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