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 - email@example.com
Recent and current cluster projects supported by the Hub:
- Launceston Transition Project - Autumn 2018
- Richard Lander Transition Project
- Wheal Martyn Composition Project - Autumn 2018
- Looe Schools Cluster project - Summer 2018
School Engagement and Cluster Support Leads
- Christine Judge - West - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phil Montgomery-Smith - East - email@example.com
- Georgina Bridle -North - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Patrick Bailey- Secondary and Post 16 - email@example.com
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:
- An annual conference in Cornwall each Autumn which focuses on local issues and developments
- An annual south west conference in the Spring, delivered in conjunction with Devon, Plymouth and Torbay Hubs
- Twilight training sessions, such as the VOICES vocal meetings and also Primary/ Secondary network meetings are run each term to discuss key topics such as repertoire and assessments. See CPD page for details
- Targeted specialist workshops around composition, conducting and vocal techniques delivered by both local and visiting experts
- Forthcoming training sessions are listed on the CPD page
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.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 - email@example.com
Patrick is an experienced conductor, multi-instrumentalist and composer who has been commissioned by the Hub to provide support school and regional ensembles.
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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