|Devon Music Education Hub
Where did music hubs come from?
In 2010 Darren Henley carried out a review into music education. He concluded "The best Music Education comes about through partnership; no one teacher, performer, school, organisation, group or body has all of the requisite skills to deliver every part of a rounded Music Education to every child." In response, the government published the National Plan for Music Education – ‘The Importance of Music’ in November 2011, which recommended that music education hubs take forward the work of local authority music services from September 2012, helping improve the quality and consistency of music education, both in and out of school.
What is the Devon Music Education Hub?
Devon Music Education Hub (DMEH) consists of a wide range of music organisations that represent the very best in music education across a range of settings and have experience of strong collaborative working at local, regional and national levels. DMEH strives to create joined up music education provision for children and young people, both in and out of school, enabling effective communication and ensuring that high quality musical experiences are available for all children and young people. Collaborative working will support the overall strategy ‘this is our music’.
What will DMEH do?
DMEH will deliver the core and extension activities laid out in the National Plan for Music Education:
1) Ensure that every child aged 5-18 has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument (other than voice) through whole-class ensemble teaching programmes for ideally a year (but for a minimum of a term) of weekly tuition on the same instrument.
2) Provide opportunities to play in ensembles and to perform from an early stage.
3) Ensure that clear progression routes are available and affordable to all young people.
4) 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.