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

Music hubs: why should schools care?

It's a year since the government published its long-awaited National Plan for Music Education, and the first manifestation of this, the new music education hubs in England, have been operating for around three months now. It's early days of course, but some teachers and heads remain uncertain about what they're all about, how they can … Continue reading Music hubs: why should schools care?

Guest Post: Love in a Cold Climate – re-shaping a Music Service in the age of austerity by Emma Coulthard

As a result of cuts and policy changes, what music services are being asked to deliver, on dwindling  funding, has become a challenge.  In Wales, where there was no Wider Opps money, no In Harmony and no Youth Music, Cardiff's music service has had to be particularly creative, and to forge strong alliances with schools … Continue reading Guest Post: Love in a Cold Climate – re-shaping a Music Service in the age of austerity by Emma Coulthard

How to make your music hub business plan an easier, more convincing, read

Your business plan is the blueprint for your organisation's future. It communicates and shares your goals and values, and helps potential funders and supporters to understand how you will deliver on their goals and priorities, as well as your own. It is a critically important document and for that reason it needs to be a … Continue reading How to make your music hub business plan an easier, more convincing, read

Worth the wait? The National Plan for Music Education in England

Following is my summary of the NPME, written for Music Education UK magazine and website. The full piece includes comments from practitioners and authorities on music education, including school teacher Jackie Schneider, education consultant David Price, music/culture/education campaigner Marc Jaffrey and representatives from Youth Music, Sound Sense, and many other organisations working in music with young … Continue reading Worth the wait? The National Plan for Music Education in England

Seven tips for advocating what music means to your school

If you’re a music teacher, trying to keep up with all the changes in education is one thing.  Making sure what’s going on in your music lessons and activities is noticed and valued is probably one of those ‘to dos’ at the bottom of an ever-increasing list. There are lots of rumblings about the need … Continue reading Seven tips for advocating what music means to your school

How to find out what young people really want from music education

With the national music education plan out hopefully early next week, local authority music services and others hoping to become part of the new music education ‘hubs’ will have to find ways to demonstrate what young people in their area want and need. It’s a tricky one, particularly for music services who have been used … Continue reading How to find out what young people really want from music education