Support for Schools

Support for music in schools

A key role of the Cornwall Music Education Hub is to provide support to schools in order to enhance the quality of music education both in the classroom and in lunchtime/after school activities.  If you would like to see an overview of how the Hub engages with schools, we've produced a short film which you can view via YouTube.  

Further information about the role of the Hubs can be seen in the Ofsted document - Music in Schools - What Hubs must do (2013)

How the Hub can support schools to develop their music provision

Music review meetings

Representatives of the Cornwall Music Education Hub are able to meet with school music co-ordinators or senior managers to review current provision and discuss how the Hub can help to support music education in their settings.

We have put together a self-evaluation document to help schools with reviewing their own music provision -  CMEH - School Self Evaluation Questions for Planning Meeting.

Cluster support projects

The Hub is able to work with clusters of schools on specific music projects which focus on vocal development, composition and/or performance opportunities.  If your school is interested in working with other schools on a music project, please contact Tanya Moore - 

Recent and current cluster projects supported by the Hub:

School Engagement and Cluster Support Leads


CPD and training

As part of its commitment to improving the quality of music education, the CMEH delivers an ongoing programme of training opportunities for school music staff as well as community musicians. This includes:

First Access – free introduction to learning an instrument

The aim of the First Access programme is to introduce students in Key Stages 1-3 to the experience of learning an instrument through whole class teaching. The programme is fully funded for a term through a grant which schools draw down following delivery of the sessions.  For further information visit our First Access page.

The Hub has a large collection of instruments available to hire,  including whole class sets which can be hired at the subsidised rate of £70 per term for 30 instruments.  Further details can be found on the hire information form. 

Support for Singing

As part of our commitment to supporting vocal activity in Cornwall, we have developed a Cornish Singing Schools programme which helps schools to review their vocal activity and identify ways to develop it.  Further information about this and other initiatives can be found on our Vocal Strategy page

Vocal Strategy Lead - Angela Renshaw 

The Hub's Vocal Strategy Lead,  Angela Renshaw, can visit schools, both primary and secondary, to develop their singing activities and help schools to set up their own choirs.

Performance and celebration events

The Cornwall Music Education Hub works with partners to organise large scale events, such as festivals and shows, which provide the perfect opportunity to inspire young musicians and develop performance skills.  

Information about these events is emailed directly to schools and also included in the termly Hub newsletter.

Support for school for ensembles

The Hub is able to provide support for schools' ensembles both in terms of advice and also financial support to offer young players high quality performance opportunities.  

Janet Elston  - Strategic Lead, County Ensembles & North Cornwall: 

Janet is employed by the Cornwall Music Service Trust but commissioned by the Hub to lead on its Progression and Ensemble Strategy.  Janet is able to visit schools to support them in setting up their own ensemble opportunities or to discuss musical progression in their schools.

Patrick Bailey - Central and West Cornwall

Patrick is an experienced conductor, multi-instrumentalist and composer who has been commissioned by the Hub to provide support school and regional ensembles.


Cornwall goes to Italy!

Recently we provided a grant to Bodmin College Jazz Orchestra and Budehaven Community College Choir when they accompanied Trigg Winds on their Italian tour in July 2017.  Below is an account of the trip written by one of the young players

My name is Abi Kaye, I am in year 10 at Wadebridge School, I play in Triggshire Wind Orchestra conducted by Janet Elston… and this year, along with Budehaven Voices and Bodmin College Jazz Orchestra, we went on tour to the beautiful Lake Garda. This is how it all went:

As you can only imagine, the trip started as frantically as any other would. Over 120 staff and students filled two huge coaches, a trailer and ski box attached to the back of them  – trumpets, tenors and timpani alike were crammed into a tiny space. I think it hit us then, the sheer scale of the operation that we were now a part of, but this didn’t stop the excitement from escalating. Equipment loaded, teenagers settled and all around nerves conquered, finally we were off – and we were going to Italy!

30 hours of travelling east through Europe was completely and utterly worth it.  Firstly, we had our concerts. Not many words can describe the unforgettable atmosphere we all experienced during those three evenings. Our venues were all so scenic and picturesque – the dainty little Italian squares of Lazise, Pastrengo and Garda were such generous hosts, providing the mightiest and most enthusiastic of crowds (and optional watermelon). Starting it off were BCJO each night – the developing favourite for me, namely ‘Minnie the Moocher’, got even the least tuneful among us and the public to sing along with the ‘hi-dee hi-dee hi’s’ and ‘ho-de ho-de ho’s’. Next up were Bude Voices; their gentle but pitch perfect take on Fleet Foxes’ ‘White Winter Hymnal’ gave me goosebumps every time. And bringing up the rear were us Trigg, the outstanding classic of ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ to top it all off – but in fact, due to encores, the piece that ended the whole tour was actually YMCA! Who knew we’d be dancing along to the Village People in a remote Italian village.

Secondly came the action packed days out. Highlights include a spectacular 1780m ride up the mountain Monte Baldo and a ferry across Lake Garda to the village of Limone, entertaining albeit terrifying rides at the theme park of Gardaland, sight seeing in fair Verona including the amphitheatre and the Romeo & Juliet balcony.

Thirdly, and for me most importantly, this year's Italy trip has provided us all with an unmissable chance to make friends to last a lifetime. Still I am amazed at how such a simple thing like music can bring hundreds of people together, our adventure this July thus proving the ultimate theory.  How nice it was to catch up with friends who were past members of CYWO, how enlightening it was to get to know people with similar plans and ambitions from other schools, and how the genuine glowing feedback we received – from the public, our tour guides, even our coach drivers – could only encourage us even more to carry on these developing talents we have for music.

In conclusion, I guess this crazy plan for a holiday that Janet, Ben and Bethany thought up last year actually went quite well. Here’s to the next trip! Anyone fancy a European tour?

Sharing - Introducing the MusicHub Forum

We have create a closed forum where music educators can share resources, ideas and information.  It's free to join, all you need to do is request a password by emailing - 

Interested in finding out more?

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