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!

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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Broadstone Music Series launch inaugural summer school to great success

Posted on: 11th August 2015

In July, we supported Broadstone Music Series launch their first Summer School; hosted by Poole Grammar and supported by BSO associates, over 40 children and young people took part in the 3 day introduction to chamber music, alongside a blend of small group ensemble coaching, theory and aural technique training. Joined by parents for an...
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Stop “Defending” Music Education

Posted on: 16th June 2015

Today I ran across one more xeroxed handout touting the test-taking benefits of music education, defending music as a great tool for raising test scores and making students smarter. It was just one more example among many of the “keep music because it helps with other things” pieces out there. I really wish people would...
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New Online Instrument Loan Request Form!

Posted on: 3rd December 2014

Want to hire some instruments from us? We have just launched an online request form to fulfil your lifelong instrument loan hopes and dreams! We hope this process will make expressing your interest quick and easy. Go check it out and put in a request!
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MEET: Music in Action

Posted on: 24th November 2014

Music in Action are a highly experienced group of professional musicians from the education and participation arm of Bath Philharmonia. They regularly collaborate with SoundStorm to provide workshops such as Creative music making for the Inaugural Bournemouth Founders Day. As a group, they believe that everyone can take part in music-making in a stimulating and fun...
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SoundStorm make it a triple at National Music Council Awards

Posted on: 17th November 2014

We’re delighted to announce that for the third year running, SoundStorm are prize winners at the National Music Council Education Awards. After winning the coveted Major Trophy prize in both the 2013 and 2014 awards, Dan Somogyi attended yesterday’s award ceremony in London to collect our Diploma of Merit (pictured here with Darren Henley from...
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