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!

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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SoundStorm Training Course Bursaries for Music Educators available NOW

Posted on: 5th August 2014

As part of its Youth Music Musical Inclusion Programme, SoundStorm Music Education Agency has 15 bursaries of £100 available to musicians/music educators residing and working in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. These bursaries are to facilitate emerging and established music education practitioners to attend training sessions / courses which develop their skills and practice when working...
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National Music Council Music Education Award Handover

Posted on: 12th June 2014

Left to Right: Dan Somogyi (Team Leader, SoundStorm/Wave), Claire Lewis (SoundStorm Manager), Tony Williams (Chief Executive, Bournemouth Borough Council), Paul Wood (Instrumental Music Service Manager, East Ayrshire Council), Julie Carrie (Youth Music Initiative Coordinator, E Ayrshire Council) On 12 June 2014, SoundStorm and the Chief Executive of Bournemouth Borough Council, Tony Williams, met leaders from...
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MEET: Simon Skolfield

Posted on: 6th May 2014

Simon Skolfield is a music producer, recording specialist, DJ and independent record label owner with over 25 years experience worldwide. He mentors up and coming bands and artists, leads creative music education projects across Dorset ranging from music production classes, professional recording sessions, live band/artist mentoring and developmental programmes as well as DJ workshops. We...
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School Music Development Grants (SMDG)

Posted on: 22nd November 2013

Grants of between £100 and £1000 are available to help schools* establish an instrumental ensemble or musical progression opportunities for their pupils†. These grants are part of the Music Education Hub’s Ensembles and Progression Strategy and are funded by the Arts Council of England. The grants can be spent on the cost of employing specialist...
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Celebrations and challenges

Posted on: 21st November 2013

What a week! Last week was a whistle stop tour of networking, conferences and celebrations. First up was the national Musical Inclusion gathering hosted by Sound Sense. This was an opportunity to get together with the organisations that lead Youth Music’s Musical Inclusion work around the county. There were thoughtful presentations from the Sound Sense...
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