Music Education Hubs: inspiring young people across England


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#De-dum-de-dum-dum-dum Dum-dum… Music is inherent. We all have a relationship
with music. Music unlocks creativity. It develops children’s
social skills, their self confidence… Allowing children to have opportunities to
experience professional musicians and orchestras, you know, is second to none, really. The Music Education Hubs are result of the
National Plan for Music Education, responsible for ensuring that all young people have a
certain level of access to musical opportunities. And at least 84% of schools now work with
a local hub. #…You’re stuck in the middle, and the pain
is thunder… If we can get the highest quality expertise
to support what the schools are doing in their curriculum, that’s an enormous part of our
job. In our Hub we have a leadership group of about
eight people. We also have a collaborative group which involves a partner from all the
music services, and that’s where we design new projects. We target particular areas where it might
be through social deprivation that we need to engage young people in musical programs. We work with our partners to develop programs
for people with special educational needs as well. One of the key roles of the Music Hub is to
identify where bursaries are needed, where remissions are needed, because our role is
not just providing for children who can afford it. Finances are a barrier. I think that’s really
important. The children shouldn’t be stopped of that opportunity of accessing high quality
education and high quality music. We’ve learnt to improvise. We’ve just changed
all the music. We’ve worked as a group, really. Some people might not really know that they
have some skills that, er, they might think they’re good at some things but they might
not realise that there’s loads of other stuff that they can do, so, like, coming here you
kinda get to explore different things. This is the only out of school club I’ve ever
done since I came to this school, and to be honest it’s probably one of the best decisions
I’ve made. I… I love it. How tragic if we don’t even know that there’s
talent and we haven’t been able to unearth it, and then progress it. The remit of the
Hubs is for every child. One of the key roles the Arts Council can play is sharing best
practise and helping other Hubs understand what others are doing. Because we’re working on a large scale across
a larger number of partners, it means that we can be much more ambitious than we used
to be when we were all working independently. I think we’re in the place to shape the future,
and we are always trying to push the boundary of what is possible: how music is seen and
creating opportunities, for more and more young people to engage, wherever they might
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