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Working together to reach more people – can we extend audience development support to music hubs?

As arts/cultural/creative organisations steel themselves for further cuts this winter, they’ll be pulling out all the stops to communicate their worth. There’s a strong network of arts marketing professionals who are more than up for that challenge: but few of them are in music education. Perhaps now’s the time to make better links, locally and … Continue reading Working together to reach more people – can we extend audience development support to music hubs?

What hubs are for – guest blog from Bristol

Siggy Patchitt, Education Manager, Bristol Plays Music, gave an impassioned speech to those who attended a Music Education Council music education seminar in Bristol this month, including representatives from Make Music Gloucestershire.  He posted the full speech last week on the Youth Music Network – here’s an edited version written as a guest blog , with … Continue reading What hubs are for – guest blog from Bristol

From the band room to the boardroom …The 9 common lessons of music education that translate into success

Biz-Music_websized_200wA blog post that advocates music education from the perspective of business leaders. The author interviewed CEOs and business leaders about the correlation between music education and success. I shared this some time ago, but thought it would be timely to repost, as various campaigns for music and arts education pick up steam in the UK.

Business Musician's Blog

by Craig M. Cortello

(The following article is an excerpt from Everything We Needed to Know About Business, We Learned Playing Music, printed with permission from the author. The book is a compilation of 32 profiles of CEOs and business professionals who played music as a child or adolescent and view that experience as a defining one in preparing them for success in their business endeavors.)

These are alarming times for the plight of music education funding. Economic downturns are an immediate sign of crisis for those programs that have perennially been at or near the education budgetary chopping block. Non-profit organizations that try to fill that resource gap often rely on the benevolence of those impacted by an ailing economy. Perhaps a new understanding of the transcendent lessons of a music education can lead to a reshuffling of education priorities.

Consider a conversation that I had a couple…

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Stories: music work with young people in challenging circumstances

A short post to share some recent stories/case studies from music work with young people in challenging circumstances, supported through Youth Music's Musical Inclusion programme. If you're involved in working with young people through music and/or reaching young people who may be disengaged from learning and from life, then these stories will be of interest. It's been … Continue reading Stories: music work with young people in challenging circumstances

Poverty funding and music

The national newspaper of Wales, the Western Mail, recently reported that Cardiff Council was recommending schools use their Pupil Deprivation Grant (similar to the Pupil Premium in England) to replace bursaries from the music service for music lessons, which are being cut. It reported that the Education Minister, Huw Lewis, would be writing to Cardiff Council to give it … Continue reading Poverty funding and music

Passion – let young people lead the way in music education

"The number of young people opting to take GCSE and/or A Level music is reducing; music-making activities in school time are being squeezed yet music in all its forms continues to be made and listened to outside school by the large majority of young people (A Youth Music survey of 1,000 7-19 year olds across … Continue reading Passion – let young people lead the way in music education

Benefits of arts education – evidence from the U.S

If you're needing to make the case for music or the arts in your school or organisation,Reinvesting in Arts Education - winning America's future through creative schools, has proven useful recently for a few colleagues, so I thought I'd summarise some of the key findings here. It's worth a fuller read, particularly the sections on … Continue reading Benefits of arts education – evidence from the U.S