Learning new skills, developing and motivating talent and experiencing new music ideas; progression is the golden thread that ties the Music Education Hub together and that links each key stage. That said, progression needs vary widely depending on the individual, the school and of course, the budget!
Beyond First Access….taking the next steps in tuition
Our whole class instrumental tuition extends across 95% of all first, junior and primary school’s across BCP. Each school is given the opportunity to support students in taking the next step in learning (through a further term of funding to support small group tuition). The Hub also helps to fund or co-fund extra-curricular offers, breakfast club choirs and a range of other progression pathways.
Since the formation of BCP Council, we welcomed Christchurch Music Centre (CMC) to the 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 offering support for new members to join CMC by offering a subsidy towards their fees once the centre starts up again (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 pay 100% of the fees each 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’.
Last 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. Last year we offered a 50% subsidy of fees, for new members joining the Coda Kids Ukulele Band. As Coda settle back into their new ‘normal’ post lockdown, we will continue to support this when the Band starts again. Find out more here and quote ‘SoundStorm’.
We also work with our neighbours Dorset Music Education Hub, 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 to master classes and unique performance opportunities. This includes Broadstone Music Series’ programme of concerts 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 offers, developing progression routes so that young people can take that next musical step, in any and many musical directions. Individual support for students experiencing personal challenges is available via our Grants section.