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About the Berkshire Music Education Hub Partnership

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Who or what is the Hub?

Where does Berkshire Maestros fit within the Hub?

Our vision

Our mission and core values

Core objectives

We work in partnership to:

What are Music Hubs? Information from the Arts Council

Our key goals include...

Our ambitious targets include...

School Music Education Plan (SMEP)

Excerpt from ‘Music in schools: what hubs must do’ – Ofsted, Nov 2013:

The Value of Music


Who or what is the Hub?

The Berkshire Music Hub is a dynamic partnership made up of strategic local, regional and national music organisations and individual professional musicians and artists as well as all schools and Unitary Authorities. National and regional partners 2016-17 include the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Singers, BBC Concert Orchestra, Sing Healthy, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Bristol Pre-Conservatoire, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Ruth Ascher Foundation, Reading Arts, The Purcell School, Handbell Ringers of Great Britain, Beenham Wind Orchestra, Windsor Festival, Charanga, Readipop and Reading Rock Academy as well as individual professional composers, performers and conductors.

Other partners range from charitable trusts such as the Greenham Trust, independent schools such as Eton College, local colleges, military music bands such as the Band of the Household Cavalry, community arts organisations such as Culture Mix and Windsor Festival, small businesses, national providers of music equipment and technology, local and national music retailers e.g. Dawkes, Howarths of London, Hogan Music, Philip Brown Violins, Henry Potter & Co, Bell Percussion plus the University of Reading and local choral groups.

On 18 November 2016, the government announced significant funding for Music Hubs until 2020. Have a read of the detail in their press release.

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What does Berkshire Maestros do as the lead organisation of the Hub?

Berkshire Maestros Infographic

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Our vision

Belief: 
We believe in the power of music to change lives

Vision Statement:
All children and young people in Berkshire will experience an inspirational, high-quality musical education and the joy of making music with others

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Our mission and core values

Mission Statement:        
Berkshire Maestros is the lead organisation of the Berkshire Music Education Hub. Through our passion for music making, creativity, expertise and excellence, we aim to deliver the highest quality musical education to meet the aspirations and needs of every child, young musician, school and music leader in Berkshire. We aim to inspire and empower our young musicians and create life-enhancing, enjoyable and sustainable musical opportunities through providing first access and coherent, progressive pathways and enable our community to achieve their potential, develop and celebrate through music. We will consistently fulfil our promise of ‘Teaching Music, Changing Lives’ through delivering outstanding value, continuous innovation and exceptional quality - we will bring the best to everyone we reach.

Core Values:

  • Ambition and access for every child and young person
  • Excellence in practice
  • Commitment to our partnerships and community working
  • Respect, professionalism and investment in our colleagues
  • Effective and evolving  communication
  • Positive and proactive approach
  • Determination to drive continuous improvement and embrace change
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Core objectives:

  • We will become the preferred provider of musical services across Berkshire, known and respected for our passion for high standards, the high quality of our teaching and our commitment to create exceptional and accessible musical opportunities for all children and young people regardless of circumstance
  • We will provide an unrivalled breadth of choice, diversity and range of opportunities enabling our young musicians to achieve their potential whilst ensuring that all musical activities are rewarding, inspiring and sustainable
  • Give all children a first access to instrumental learning and clear, sustainable progression routes, co-ordinating  and assuring a high quality of instrumental and vocal tuition, ensemble provision and other music-making activities
  • We will be at the leading edge of music education, doing what others cannot do, embracing and driving change and challenging what is possible through creativity and innovation
  • We will be a credit to the community we serve by developing and sustaining inspirational partnerships with local and professional music providers, contributing to raising musical standards in schools and the wider community
  • We will listen to our customers and key stakeholders to enable us to continually improve, embracing the notion that Maestros is at their service, meeting or exceeding our customers’ expectations whilst providing excellent value for money
  • We will ensure that our customer service and communication is second-to -none so that our staff, students, schools and partners can depend on us to deliver a consistent high quality service supporting them to achieve the best possible outcomes for our pupils, their families and the community
  • We will attract, develop and keep a high qualified and talented colleaguescommitted to our ethos and core values, creating and sustaining opportunities for professional growth

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We work in partnership to:

  • Respond to the needs of children, young people and schools
  • Generate new ideas, through innovative, enterprising and inspiring approaches
  • Provide, commission and ensure high quality musical learning and experiences for all children and young people, regardless of circumstances
  • Develop creative, cross-curricular and cultural educational opportunities
  • Encourage maximum participation
  • Provide a range of group music-making opportunities and events across the county
  • Support schools and the wider community by providing tailored workshops and out-of-hours courses

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What are Music Hubs?

Information from the Arts Council about Music Hubs

Berkshire Hub Infographic

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Our key goals include...

  • Ensuring that all children have a chance to learn to play a musical instrument during class tuition in their primary schools
  • Ensuring that all young people are able to continue to learn an instrument, to be involved in making music and take part in performances and ensembles
  • Ensuring that all children learn to sing and take part in concerts and shows
  • Enabling full access to musical progression routes right up to KS5
  • Maintaining and growing our network of Area Music Centres and satellite provision
  • Increasing the range of genres of music for young people to be involved in to include digital approaches, rock and pop and world music as determined by need and demand

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Our ambitious targets include...

  • All primary schools will be offered the chance to participate in an in2music teaching programme or a creative musical learning programme
  • A strong singing strategy by the end of 2017
  • At least half of primary children will continuing learning an instrument after their initial experience
  • All children will have the chance to play and/or sing in ensembles and performances and will be invited to perform in a large scale event
  • Increasing the number of children who continue their music when they move from primary to secondary school

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School Music Education Plan (SMEP)

In addition to the above roles, the Department for Education (DfE) has asked that all music education hubs produce a School Music Education Plan, outlining how each hub and it’s local schools will work together. This was a recommendation from Ofsted in its ‘Music in schools – what hubs must do’ report (see excerpt below), which is being overseen by Arts Council England (who distribute government funding to music hubs on behalf of the DfE). ACE monitors all hub SMEPs and is responsible for ‘quality assuring’ the ongoing work of the hub.

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Excerpt from ‘Music in schools: what hubs must do’ – Ofsted, Nov 2013:

Recommendations

Music hubs should each prepare a School Music Education Plan that enables them to:

  • Promote themselves with schools as confident, expert leaders of music education in their areas, not simply as providers of services
  • Expect and secure that all schools engage with them and the National Plan for Music Education
  • Have regular supportive, challenging conversations with each of their schools about the quality of music education for all pupils in that school
  • Support all schools in improving the music education they provide, especially in class lessons, and support them in evaluating it robustly
  • Offer expert training and consultancy to schools, which supports school leaders and staff in understanding what musical learning, and good progress by pupils in music, are like
  • Ensure that their own staff and partners are well trained and ready to do this work
  • Spend a suitable proportion of their staff’s time on working with school leaders strategically, alongside their work in teaching pupils directly
  • Publicise their work effectively to schools and explain how it can contribute to school improvement
  • Facilitate school-to-school support as appropriate
  • Promote high-quality curriculum progression in schools and ensure that hubs’ work in schools is integral to this
  • Robustly evaluate the impact of their own work on pupils’ music education.

Schools should:

  • Make better use of the provision and funding provided through hubs as part of the National Plan for Music Education
  • Expect music hubs to provide them with expert advice and challenge – the challenging conversation – and take action on this
  • Evaluate their musical provision more accurately, especially teaching and the curriculum, and seek training and advice as needed

Arts Council England, supported by the Department for Education, should:

  • Take rapid action to improve the reporting and accountability framework for music hubs, ensuring that it contains evaluation of the quality of the work of the hubs in schools; this should include the evaluative examination of hubs’ work
  • Challenge hubs to achieve the best value from the public money they receive
  • Guide hubs in developing and implementing their school music education plans

Music education organisations should:

  • Support the hubs in developing their work and their school music education plans
  • Help develop better understanding of what works in achieving a better music education for all

Ofsted will:

  • Through its National Lead for Music and, as appropriate, other specialist music inspectors, support and challenge hubs in improving their work in schools, by:
    • Discussing its findings within the music education sector, thus contributing to understanding and the debate with national bodies concerned with music education
    • Visiting a sample of hubs and schools and looking at their work
  • Ensure that all school inspectors are familiar with the findings and recommendations within this report

Read the Music in schools – what hubs must do executive summary or the Music in schools – what hubs must do full report.

If you would like to make an appointment with the Berkshire Music Hub to discuss the music delivery in your setting, please send an email via the contact us area on this site. After the meeting, we can provide you with a report outlining areas in which you are covering all aspects of musical delivery in your school, and highlighting any areas for development.

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The Value of Music

Many of us are aware of that the effect of music on personal well-being can be extraordinary. Many people flock to the numerous music festivals that take place across the UK every year, to soak up musical experiences of different styles and genres but many are unaware of the numerous recent studies that have shown that regular engagement with music from a young age leads to intellectual, social and personal development.

Clear links to language development and the development of literacy, numeracy and concentration and listening skills have been recognised and further to this, learning a musical instrument can develop:

  • Self-expression
  • Co-ordination and motor control
  • Concentration, focus and self-discipline
  • Self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Team work and personal responsibility
  • Problem-solving skills
  • New friendships and social skills
  • A career pathway

In short, engagement in music creates healthier and happier people!

Click here to view ‘A Happy Life is a Creative Life’.

Click here to view the Independent’s article ‘Music Lessons for Children boost ‘executive brain function’ throughout adult life’.

Click here to view the BBC’s article ‘Moving to the Rhythm can help language skills’.

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Newsletters

Read previous newsletters for for Berkshire Maestros and the Berkshire Music Hub:

2017 issue 3 (October)

2017 issue 2 (June)

2017 issue 1 (May)

2016 issue 4 (December)

2016 issue 3 (September)

2016 issue 2 (May)

2016 issue 1 (March)

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