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!

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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How quickly time passes…

Posted on: 25th September 2013

I am finding it hard to believe that we are already one year into the three years of the Music Education Hub funding which is currently driving much of the work of SoundStorm and yet here we are. And what a year 2012/13 was! Every primary and SEN school received a fully subsidised First Access...
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Let’s start at the very beginning…

Posted on: 27th November 2012

You just know when something is the ‘right fit’ don’t you? The day I was interviewed for the SoundStorm manager job was one of the hottest days of 2012 and the interview panel had left the door wide open to get some air in the room.  Halfway through my interview a dog, who one would presume...
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