Hampshire Music Service is the lead partner in the Hampshire Music Education Hub. The Hub was launched in September 2012.
Music Education Hubs are a vital part of the Government’s National Music Education Plan which resulted from a thorough review of music education by Darren Henley in 2011. The Hub receives funding directly from Arts Council England on behalf of the Department of Education.
Music Hubs have a remit to fulfil four core roles and three extension roles in the delivery of music education:
- Instrument teaching: To ensure that every child aged 5-18 has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument through whole-class ensemble teaching programmes
- Ensembles: Provide opportunities to play in ensembles and to perform from an early stage
- Progression Routes: Ensure that clear progression routes are available and affordable to all young people
- Singing: Develop a singing strategy to ensure that every pupil sings regularly and that choirs and other vocal ensembles are available in the area
- Continuing Professional Development: Offer CPD to school staff, particularly in supporting schools to deliver music in the curriculum
- Instruments: Provide an instrument loan service, with discounts or free provision for those on low incomes
- Experiencing music: Provide access to large scale and / or high quality music experiences for pupils, working with professional musicians and / or venues