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Dorset Music Education Hub Plan

Find out about the Dorset Music Education Hub, our achievements and future developments for 2018/2019.

The Dorset Music Education Hub strives to ensure that all children and young people in Dorset have the opportunity to embark, progress and excel on a musical journey. We encourage children to be creative, collaborative and committed to achieving their best through a range of activities including whole class instrumental learning, workshops, tuition, music ensembles and large scale events. We expand children's current music provision and support schools to develop their music teaching to ensure children receive a high quality experience regardless of their age, background and location.

Read more about our achievements in 2017/2018 and our proposed developments for 2018/2019.

Music Education Hub Achievements in 2017/18

Core Role A - Instrument learning as a whole class

Almost all of First and Primary schools accept, engage with and financially contribute to whole class instrumental teaching for one term followed by two terms of small group continuation. The numbers of students continuing to learn an instrument are in line with national statistics.

Core Role B - Ensemble playing

Along with providing a comprehensive suite of County Ensembles the hub offers support to schools to develop their own ensembles this year delivering Open Up Orchestra with Westfield Arts College. We also offer financial assistance to schools and arts organisations to develop the provision based on identified needs.

Core Role C - Progression

We have developed our County Ensemble offer this year to include Beginner Friendly Groups for Wind, Brass, String and Guitar players. These groups are providing an all important first step on the ensemble ladder for Dorset's young musicians.

Cole Role D - Singing strategy

Nearly all school pyramids are engaged with the singing strategy and work together to plan strategically for the development of singing within their pyramids. The focus of the development work ranges from whole school singing to focused harmony singing for a specific group of pupils; and genres include musical theatre, pop, gospel and classical.

Extension A (opens in a new window) - Continued professional development (CPD)

We had a good number of teachers attending the Music Teacher's Conference we hosted and excellent participation numbers at training to support the whole class instrumental learning; Musicianship Programme. Although Teachers are finding it increasingly challenging to attend training in non-core subjects due to in school pressures.

Extension B - Instrument hire

Instrument Hire remains in high demand and the number of instruments hired to students is maintained. We have begun offering some surplus stock for sale and supporting secondary schools with instrument loans on less popular instruments.

Extension C - Large scale events

The hubs biannual large-scale events include the Schools Orchestra Extravaganza and Mash-up Festival. The extravaganza is delivered in partnership with Dorset's professional musicians to bring together young musicians from middle and secondary schools to play as a massed ensemble. Whilst Mash-up Festival is delivered in partnership with a wide range of diverse music providers to introduce new music genres to young people in a full days music festival with interactive workshops.

Music Education Hub Developments in 2018/20

From 2018 to 2020 we aim to:

  • ensure all schools/setting engage with whole class instrumental learning via the Musicianship Programme or a bespoke programme of activity; focusing on the uptake of orchestral instruments

  • provide students with the option to learn an instrument in a whole class setting in their community with a family member contributing to family well-being

  • increase the numbers of students continuing to learn an instrument following the Musicianship Programme, Family Music Night and beyond Key Stage 2

  • provide a programme of CPD for Music Educators in Dorset delivered to a high standard that meets the changing development and access needs of busy professionals

  • ensure high quality tuition is available to all Dorset students across Dorset via the Dorset Music Service and its partners

  • create a central database of information to keep students informed of musical progression routes

  • extend the Singing Strategy to raise standards in Secondary vocal groups through performance opportunities

  • devise a hub strategy for involvement with disadvantaged young people and their access to music education

  • use self-evaluation and needs analysis to secure a shared vision for a music ensemble strategy with progression at its heart

  • develop methods of assessment that monitor progression and signpost young people to appropriate opportunities

  • extend the range of CPD opportunities available to all Dorset teachers, through conference, training and resources

  • devise a strategy to get unused instruments into circulation

  • strengthen financial resilience of the hub through the development of a fundraising strategy

  • assess musical need through those families and young people who do not currently engage with hub activity

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