SoundStorm is the lead partner of the Bournemouth and Poole Music Education Hub.
The Music Education Hub officially began activities on 1st September 2012.
Music Education Hubs are central to the UK Government’s National Music Education Plan which came about following a thorough and enlightened report on music education by Darren Henley in 2011. Music Education Hubs are funded and overseen by the Arts Council England on behalf of the Department for Education. There are 123 nationwide.
A Music Education Hub is characterised by a partnership between organisations working together to ensure that every child aged 5-18 in their area has the opportunity to sing, to learn a musical instrument, to perform as part of an ensemble or choir and to take their talent further.
Music Education Hubs have four core roles and three extension roles through which they have to plan and delivery activity:
First Access: Ensure that every child aged 5-18 has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument through whole-class ensemble teaching programmes for ideally a year (but for a minimum of a term).
Ensembles: Provide opportunities to play in ensembles and to perform from an early stage.
Progression Routes: Ensure that clear progression routes are available and affordable to all young people.
Singing: Develop a singing strategy to ensure that every pupil sings regularly and that choirs and other vocal ensembles are available in the area.
Continuing Professional Development: Offer CPD to school staff, particularly in supporting schools to deliver music in the curriculum.
Instruments: Provide an instrument loan service, with discounts or free provision for those on low incomes.
Inspirational Experiences: Provide access to large scale and / or high quality music experiences for pupils, working with professional musicians and / or venues.
Within this clear and structured framework, SoundStorm and partners are working together to provide exciting opportunities so that the young people of Bournemouth and Poole can achieve their musical potential.
For children in our area, an experience like Symphony 125 is something they would never have outside school, so it was even more special!