What is a Music Education Hub?
Music education hubs build on existing music services. A music education hub is a collection of organisations working in a local area, to create joined up music education provision for children and young people, both in and out of school.
Music education hubs ensure that every child aged 5-18 has the opportunity to sing and learn a musical instrument, and to perform as part of an ensemble or choir. They also allow young people to take their talent further – this might be through local ensembles, partnerships with nationally funded music organisations, including National portfolio organisations or through involvement in, for example, the Music and Dance Scheme.
The purpose of the Sandwell Music Education Hub is to deliver the core and extension roles of the National Plan for Music Education, as follows:
a) Ensure that every child aged 5-18 has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument (other than voice) through whole-class ensemble teaching programmes ideally for a year (but for a minimum of a term) of weekly tuition on the same instrument)
b) Provide opportunities to play in ensembles and to perform from an early stage.
c) Ensure that clear progression routes are available and affordable to all young people.
d) Develop a singing strategy to ensure that every pupil sings regularly and that choirs and other vocal ensembles are available in the area.
a) Offer CPD to school staff, particularly in supporting schools to deliver music in the curriculum.
b) Provide an instrument loan service, with discounts or free provision for those on low incomes.
c) Provide access to large scale and / or high quality music experiences for pupils, working with professional musicians and / or venues. This may include undertaking work to publicise the opportunities available to schools, parents/carers and students.