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.

Sound:Label presents Urban Flow

Posted on: 3rd September 2014

SoundStorm’s Music Education Hub partners Aim Community have been delivering the fantastic Sound:Label band mentoring programme over the last year, here are the band Urban Flow from Harewood College showing us the results of their time in the programme. If you know some young people who need some support to take their band to the...
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