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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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What it’s really like to perform at a SoundStorm concert

Posted on: 29th August 2017

Performing on stage can be intimidating. At SoundStorm, we want to make our concerts an exciting and rewarding experience. We support you from the beginning with specialist coaching to improve your technique as well as your confidence, before you take to the stage.  If you’re thinking of applying to our upcoming performance opportunity ‘Perform,’ but aren’t sure what...
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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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Armonico Consort Singing Programme

Posted on: 25th January 2016

Written by Armonico Consort Since 2009, Armonico Consort – through our music education programme AC Academy – has been offering young people the chance to enjoy the benefits of singing, both in and out of school.  Three years ago, we set ourselves an ambitious challenge – to create 300 new children’s choirs and 300 choir...
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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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