Support for Schools

Support for Music in Schools

Response to School Closures Spring 2020

As schools are now having to close, we are working with partners to look at ways we can continue to support teachers to teach remotely and also how we can support students, especially those most vulnerable, in this difficult time.  

As a Hub we are looking at ways to ensure that children are still able to participate in musical learning and music making online as we recognise that in these difficult times it will be even more important for them to have access to positive and creative activities.  

Our school engagement leads are still available to help teachers with music teaching, via email or skype

School Engagement Leads 

Online Platforms

We have created a sharing space on Google Drive for resources which schools will be able to access.  If you would like access to this, please email CMEH@cornwall.gov.uk.  We are working with our team of Hub deliverers to create resources to support classroom teachers, students and ensemble leaders.

Singing - Any schools who have Sing Up membership are able to share resources with their students.  If you do not have a current membership.  Please contact the Hub office - CMEH@cornwall.gov.uk.

Kevrenna Records - the Hub's record label is able to support singer songwriters to get their music to a wider audience.  Further information coming soon.

Peripatetic Lessons - Many music teachers are looking at ways they can continue their instrumental teaching online using Skype or Zoom.  Please encourage your students to contact their provider if they wish to continue lessons or wish to start learning an instrument.  The Hub's instrument hire service remains open. 

Hub Support for Schools to Develop their Music Provision

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)

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

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 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: jelston@cornwallmusicservicetrust.org 

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 - pbaileynew@gmail.com

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

Interested in finding out more?

We have identified a number of key websites and resources to support teachers in the classroom.  These can be found on our Useful Links page


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