Learning new skills, developing and motivating talent and experiencing new music ideas; progression is the golden thread that ties the Music Education Hub together. That said, progression needs vary widely depending on the individual, the school and of course, the budget!

First Access….taking the next steps in tuition

Our whole class instrumental tuition extends across 95% of every first and primary school in BCP Council. Each school is given the opportunity to support students in taking the next step in learning (through a further term of small group tuition). The Hub also helps to fund some extra-curricular offers, breakfast club choirs and a range of other progression pathways.

This year (19/20) we’re delighted to welcome Christchurch Music Centre (CMC) to the BCP Hub. Meeting every Saturday morning at Twynham School, both senior and junior bands explore a refreshing repertoire, taking in jazz, classical and pop and perform at various events throughout the year.

As we extend the Hub service across the newly formed conurbation, we’re supporting new members to join CMC by offering a subsidy towards their fees for this academic year (please see Terms & Conditions). For junior and senior bands, the Hub will subsidise 50% of the fees for each term and for the brand new ‘First Band’ the hub will commit to paying 100% of the fees for both spring and summer term.

Any student who is resident or attending a BCP school is eligible for this bursary. To apply, complete the form on the CMC website here and quote ‘SoundStorm’.

In September, we came to the centre and met some of the students…


Long standing Hub partners and Christchurch residents Coda Music Trust also offer students from across the area an impressive range of progression opportunities. SoundStorm continues to support their Coda Fiddle Orchestra and this year are delighted to be offering a 50% subsidy of fees, for new members joining the Coda Kids Ukulele Band. Find out more here and quote ‘SoundStorm’.

Further pathways

We also work with our neighbours Dorset Music Service, to support their County groups and for the last two years have provided bursaries to students of the Wessex Youth Orchestra. Poole Society for Young Musicians lead on offering some of the areas most gifted students access master classes and performance opportunities. The Broadstone Music Series programme a concert series throughout the year, many of which include workshops for local students.

We work with many of our other Hub Partners to help refine or extend their local offers, developing progression routes so that young people can take that next musical step, in any musical direction. Individual support for students experiencing personal challenges is available via our Grants section.

Young Musicians’ Summer School

Posted on: 19th February 2020

Covid 19 Update: April 30th As the country continues to observe lockdown, we are keeping a close eye on how and when social distancing will ease. At the time of writing, we are hoping that the Summer School will go-ahead however it is likely that we will need to observe a number of potentially restrictive...
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The value of taking part in a music workshop

Posted on: 9th May 2018

Last week, we were joined by Sally Aiko, a student from Swanage School, who spent the week with the team finding out more about what we do as a Music Hub. Having recently attended the Broadstone Music and SoundStorm ‘String Orchestra Day’ we asked her to blog about the day Getting up at 7am in...
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Orchestral Evolution

Posted on: 17th October 2017

Orchestral Evolution; An original Hub project and brand new commissioned score for a revolutionary ‘pop up orchestra’, that welcomes all instruments and all abilities. The score has been created by renowned boundary breaking composer, Hub Partner and guitarist Chris Woods. Students from every type of school ensemble traditional or unusual, from orchestras to jazz bands,...
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Band Storm 2018: Battle of the Bands

Posted on: 16th October 2017

BandStorm, was a brand new battle of the bands competition for Bournemouth and Poole students, in partnership with Hub partner Absolute Music. The winning band received: £100 voucher to spend at Absolute Music, a day in the studio with a professional producer to record and master one of their tracks and a session with a photographer to...
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Posted on: 16th October 2017

An enrichment opportunity for KS4 & 5 Music student’s performance technique, taking you from panel audition, to master class and a final performance next February at the Shelley Theatre: Perform. Perform was the chance for KS4/5 musicians to hone their craft, gain practical performance tips, and draw inspiration by working with music educators and industry professionals...
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Steel Pan Workshop for Transition Day

Posted on: 5th July 2016

Last month, a group of musically talented Year 7 students from Poole High School spent a day with Year 6 students from Baden Powell & St Peter’s Junior School who will be moving to  secondary in September. Using their common interest in music, this ‘Transition’ day drew on the tradition of steel pan playing at...
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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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Take Note

Posted on: 3rd March 2016

On the 17th – 19th February, a group of passionate young musicians aged 13-18 took part in a week of activities to inspire a career in the music industry. In partnership with Generator, CMC and Lighthouse, SoundStorm presented ‘Take Note,’ with a mix of interactive workshops and special guest speakers. The week began with a collaborative...
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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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