Facing up to cuts: the first crowd-funded music service in Wales?

This article was first published in Music Teacher magazine, November 2014. Download the article. Anita Holford reports on the state of play for music services in Wales, and how one music service has faced the challenges of local authority cuts head on. Being a music teacher isn’t easy at the moment, but if you’re working … Continue reading Facing up to cuts: the first crowd-funded music service in Wales?

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

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 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

Apocalypse now for music education in Wales and England?

Music education in many places in Wales is in a dreadful state, and the situation doesn't seem likely to improve any time soon. The Welsh Assembly Government's long-awaited music education review was published six months ago now, and yet very little's happened since.You can read more about this in my article (Music education in Wales … Continue reading Apocalypse now for music education in Wales and England?

Wales: a land with less music?

Amid all the discussion and debate about the review of music education in England, there was also a review here in Wales. It was published, somewhat quietly, by Welsh Assembly Government some months ago - see my previous post, Wales' music education review. I spoke to two of the people who were behind the original … Continue reading Wales: a land with less music?