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Music Education Hubs

National plan for music education

The National Plan for Music Education, ‘The Importance of Music’, was published by the Government in November 2011. It was a response to the findings of the Henley Review of February 2011 and introduced the roles and responsibilities of Music Education Hubs.

You can read the National Plan below:

In February, guidance for schools to help teach music at key stages 1, 2 and 3, and progress pupils through the national curriculum, was published.  You can read the Model Music curriculum below:

The roles of Music Education Hubs

Hubs will be responsible for delivering the four core roles and three extension activities identified in the National Plan for Music Education.

Core roles

  • Ensure that every child aged 5 to 18 has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument (other than voice) through whole-class ensemble teaching programmes for … a minimum of a term … of weekly tuition on the same instrument.
  • Provide opportunities to play in ensembles and to perform from an early stage.
  • Ensure that clear progression routes are available and affordable to all young people.
  • Develop a singing strategy to ensure that every pupil sings regularly and that choirs and other vocal ensembles are available in the area.

Extension roles

  • Provide an instrument loan service, with discounts or free provision for those on low incomes.
  • Provide access to large scale and / or high quality music experiences for pupils, working with professional musicians and / or venues. This may include undertaking work to publicise the opportunities available to schools, parents/carers and students.
  • Offer CPD to school staff, particularly in supporting schools to deliver music in the curriculum.

Northamptonshire Music Education Hub

NMPAT is the the lead partner in the Northamptonshire Music Education Hub (NMEH), a partnership of organisations committed to delivering the aims of the National Plan for Music Education for the children and young people of Northamptonshire.

The key partners in the Hub are the schools, colleges and academies of the county, who are responsible for the curriculum music delivery to their pupils. To support them NMPAT has partnered with a range of other organisations as Core Partners and Associate Partners, all of them committed to supporting the best possible music education for our children and young people.

The role of partners

Partner organisations are committed to working together to support the goals and aims of the Hub and the National Plan, for the benefit of the children, young people and communities of Northamptonshire.

Partner organisations:

  • Have expressed a commitment to supporting the mission and goals of the Hub and to enhancing music and music education for early years, 5 to 18 year olds and adults.
  • Will provide services that are complementary to the services provided by other partners in the hub.
  • Will work together to enhance opportunities for children and young people and to support the opportunities that individual organisations are providing.
  • Will not pay to be part of the hub but contribute in-kind support (there is no expectation that partners will receive direct funding from the hub).
  • May be commissioned if they are required to fulfil the core and extension roles and complement the other services available.

See how the partnerships fit into the hub structure:

The Delivery Partners’ forum comprises the music education organisation active within the county including local organisations, National Partners and those delivering projects funded by Youth Music.

The Delivery Partners’ Forum meets three times a year to report on activity, liaise with the Musical Inclusion Partnership and Programme Manager on projects and identify future opportunities for development. Partners include:

The Delivery Partners consortium were responsible for the bid to Youth Music which established the post of Musical Inclusion Partnership and Programme Manager. This has led to exciting new projects in the County and the Musical Inclusion Programme Industious.

There are many national organisations who have had links with music education in Northamptonshire for many years and enhance the work that goes on locally. Some National Partners are involved in delivery as part of Hub activity and are part of the Core Partners group and Delivery Partners Forum, others provide a service which enhances the musical offer and are part of the Associate Partners group.

The following National organisations have pledged their support to the Northamptonshire Music Education Hub.

Commercial partners include suppliers and retailers with a track record of support for the Music and Performing Arts Trust and other Hub partners. They have proven their support through outstanding customer service and added value as Associate Partners in the Hub.

Community Partners are Associate Partners in the Hub. They include the many bands, orchestras and choirs that have existed within the county for many years. There is a network of music making opportunities for musicians in the county for all ages. The Music Education Hub welcomes the additional opportunities that these groups offer to children and young people.

The following groups from the community have expressed their support for the Music Education Hub and are committed to the goals and aspirations of the Hub.

Invitation to become a community partner

If you think your group could become a community partner in the Music Education Hub, download your application form here:

The Northamptonshire Music Education Hub (NMEH) exists to deliver the promises of the National Plan for Music Education for the children and young people of Northamptonshire by aspiring to:

  • provide high quality music education and support for children and young people in the diverse Northamptonshire community
  • inspire all children and young people to sing and play a musical instrument, developing their talent through progressive pathways
  • promote high achievement through diverse partnerships
  • transform lives through music
  • provide opportunities for musical excellence to flourish
  • reach all sectors of children and young people, including the hard to reach and those in challenging circumstances, inspiring and enriching their lives through music
  • reflect the musical diversity of Northamptonshire’s community through engagement with highly skilled partners and experienced partners
  • build sustainable pathways to nurture musical talent
  • promote innovation, creativity and achievement in music and the arts

Funding

Funding for the Music Education Hub comes from central government through Arts Council England focused on the core roles of the national plan. Additional funding for projects and events comes from a variety of sources. For a full list of our funders that helps to support this work, please visit the Our funders page.

Rutland Music

Rutland Music is an independent Charity formed to deliver the National Plan for Music Education for the children and young people of Rutland. Working with NMPAT as the lead partner and a range of local deliverers, Rutland Music will support all schools and develop musical opportunities for the County.

Rutland Music is a Company Limited by Guarantee (Registered Charity Number 1156103).

Service Level Agreement

Following two years in which our activity has been so severely hampered by the Coronavirus pandemic, we are excited to start planning curriculum enrichment opportunities for your pupils for the academic year 2021-2022.

The booking process is now fully online and the information below will guide you through the online booking form.

All projects and services available to your school during the academic year 2021-2022 are designed to support existing provision and deliver the Government’s National Music Plan.  We are assuming that September 2021 will see a return to unrestricted activity in schools, but we are ready to adapt delivery and charges as appropriate when we are all better informed.

We ask you to complete the online SLA form by Monday 14th June. If you have any questions about completing your requests, or the right way forward for your school, please contact Maggie Boothby at RutlandMusic@NMPAT.co.uk or Peter Smalley at PSmalley@NMPAT.co.uk

You will have received a letter and email containing information on the online Service Level Agreement.

Part of the booking process involved confirming the details we hold on record for your school.  In order to do this, you will need to log on to the school Presto account: www.Presto.NMPAT.co.uk

You can use any of the emails addresses we currently hold on record to log in.  If you do not know the password, this can be requested from the site.

If you need any further assistance logging in to Presto please contact the NMPAT Office: office@nmpat.co.uk / 01604 637117

Once you have confirmed the school details on Presto, you can access the booking form using this link: https://forms.office.com/r/uUSJcrJCWb 

The link is also included in the covering letter sent to your school, along with details of your funding for this academic year.

To meet the challenges of the National Plan and access your National Music Grant allocation, your school must be delivering a Vocal Strategy.  You can purchase these projects from the Hub using your funding allocation, or deliver them yourselves and use your allocation to access other Hub projects.

Rutland Music Hub are able to provide Let’s Sing projects.

A Let’s Sing project is made up of 5 or 6 weekly visits to a school by a vocal development specialist, to support singing in the classroom. Each visit will consist of at least 45 minutes of delivery to a class of up to 30 pupils.
The appropriate project, and number of projects needed, will depend on the size of your school and existing strengths.

The cost of a 5-week project is £235
The cost of a 6-week project is £260

To support the strategy, all schools have fully funded access to Sing Up. We can also provide support for singing assemblies and school choirs upon request.

Please indicate your preferences for delivering the Vocal Strategy on the online SLA.

If you choose to deliver the Vocal Strategy yourselves, you must commit to providing data for about the children taking part in the project for Arts Council England and the Department for Education, and be prepared to accept a monitoring visit.

To meet the challenges of the National Plan and access your National Music Grant allocation, your school must be delivering a Recorder Strategy.  You can purchase these projects from the Hub using your funding allocation, or deliver them yourselves and use your allocation to access other Hub projects.

Rutland Music Hub are able to provide Let’s Play Recorder projects.

The descant recorder is the First Access instrument of choice of the Rutland Music Hub. Rutland Music Hub is committed to ensuring that every child in the county will have a practical experience of instrumental music through the medium of the descant recorder during their school career (preferably in year 3).

A Let’s Play Recorder project consists of 10 weekly visits, designed so that an entire class can access this experience. Each visit is made up of at least 45 minutes of delivery to up to 30 pupils.

The cost of a 10-week recorder project is £400

Please indicate your preferences for delivering the Recorder Strategy on the online SLA.

If you choose to deliver the Recorder Strategy yourselves, you must commit to providing data for about the children taking part in the project for Arts Council England and the Department for Education, and be prepared to accept a monitoring visit.

Additional projects can be funded by leftover grant money if you are choosing to deliver the core activities in school.

Your school has been allocated one fully-funded 5-week KS1 music project by the Music Education Hub.
Additional Singing Phonics (year 1) and Singing Grammar (year 2) projects can be requested. Each project consists of 5 weekly sessions with 30 minutes delivery to a class of up to 30 pupils each week.

When combined with another visit, additional projects cost £100 (i.e. two classes, one after the other)
Projects requested where a second visit to the school is required will cost £180 (i.e. fully funded project on Monday, additional project on Tuesday)

Please indicate your KS1 project requests on the online SLA.

Additional projects can be funded by leftover grant money if you are choosing to deliver the core activities in school.

Rutland Music Hub is able to offer schools a 5 week project designed to support pupils’ mental and emotional well-being as they return to school. As all learning is emotional state-dependent, we propose a musical curriculum which supports the NHS 5 Steps to Well-being:

  • Connect with other people
  • Be physically active
  • Learn new skills
  • Give to others
  • Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)

Through a carefully crafted unit of 5 lessons which include mindfulness, singing, listening, breathing exercises, movement, body and found-object percussion work led by a member of Rutland Music staff, pupils will:

  • Possess the tools, skills and language to describe and handle their emotions
  • Build stronger connections, find commonalities with their peers, and widen their perceptions
  • Be more mindful and be better equipped to handle stress in their lives
  • Have gained musical knowledge and skills which can be applied to any instrument or voice

Who this is intended for:

  • Whole classes in Key Stage 1 or 2
  • Classes or smaller groups of pupils that are identified as struggling emotionally or socially

In order for the project to take place, the staff member will need:

  • A classroom or large space that is preferably free of clutter, with chairs
  • If possible: access to an Interactive White Board and sound system
  • Another responsible adult in the room i.e. Class Teacher or TA

The cost is £225 per class.

Please use the online SLA to request your Music for Well-being project.

Feedback from pilot school: “Their concentration in maths was markedly improved” – Y4 Class Teacher

​Additional projects can be funded by leftover grant money if you are choosing to deliver the core activities in school.

Our highly successful drumming projects are available to your school again this year. Projects last for a a whole day or half day and are designed for classes of up to 30 pupils, leading to a performance for the school. We can also offer shorter sessions for multiple classes.

Our practitioners will lead your children in African Drumming or Samba, depending on staff and equipment availability.

Half-day drumming project: £175
Whole day drumming workshop: £275

Please indicate on the online SLA if you would like a Let’s Play Drums workshop in your school

​​Additional projects can be funded by leftover grant money if you are choosing to deliver the core activities in school.

Rutland Music is committed to expanding the range of opportunities available and would be interested in talking to schools who would like to broaden the offer to their children beyond the initial recorder projects.

As such, we are able to run some First Access projects for brass and string instruments and the ukulele. Projects could be designed for a whole class or a large elective group. Two members of staff would deliver a project lasting 10 weeks with each visit consisting of 45-60 minutes delivery.

The staff could be two visiting specialists or one visiting specialist working in partnership with your own teacher, where they have relevant skills to take an equal part in the delivery.

10 week project with one visiting specialist, delivering in partnership with a member of school staff: £600
10 week project with two visiting specialists from Rutland Music Hub: £1050

All projects are dependent on instrument availability.

Please indicate your interest on the online SLA and we will be in touch to discuss options with you.

​​Additional services can be funded by leftover grant money if you are choosing to deliver the core activities in school.

Charanga

NMPAT, the lead partner of Rutland Music Hub, continues to be a premier partner of Charanga and are able to offer all Northamptonshire and  Rutland schools access to Charanga’s award-winning Musical School programme.

Musical School is available through NMPAT at a discounted rate of £195 per year. You can sign up for a 30-day trial period before ordering.

Music Express

NMPAT has recently partnered with Collins Music to bring all Northamptonshire and Rutland schools access to award-winning digital primary music curriculum resource Music Express at a special discounted rate.

Music Express is available through NMPAT at a discounted price of £160 per year.  You can sign up for a free 30-day trial before ordering.

You can request a license for Musical School and Music Express at any time during the year, as well as on your online SLA

Further information can be found on our dedicated page for resources for school staff.

Bespoke consultancy

In addition to our annual free CPD conference for Music Leads, we are happy to support all aspects of your school’s musical development in providing bespoke consultancy support for:
– induction of new staff
– support for non-specialist teachers
– developing a music curriculum within your school
– teaching and learning in the music classroom
– support for Arts Mark application
– preparation for Ofsted

Bespoke consultancy work is charged at £80 per hour or £400 per day.

Please include your request for support on your online SLA

For more information, please contact Maggie Boothby at RutlandMusic@NMPAT.co.uk or Peter Smalley at PSmalley@NMPAT.co.uk

​​Terms and conditions

Please ensure you have read the terms and conditions and the NMPAT Privacy Policy prior to submitting your online Service Level Agreement.

Confirmation

Please ensure you have provided the name and contact email address for the most appropriate person for us to discuss your music provision.

By submitting your request for you are confirming that you agree to the terms and conditions above.

The confirmation is the final section of the online SLA.

Please ensure the form is submitted no later than Monday 14th June.

Activity plan

In Rutland, the descant recorder is the designated First Access instrument for the county.

The intention is that every child in the county will have been introduced to the basics of music notation and the elements of music through the medium of a whole class recorder project.

Schools are offered 10 week  projects to support this intention and can pay for these with money allocated to the schools from the Government’s National Music Grant, or provide them themselves and use the discount on other services as part of an annual Service Level Agreement.

Schools opting for self-delivery undertake to provide pupil data for the Annual ACE data return and agree to accept monitoring visits to ensure quality.

It is hoped to grow the scope of orchestral First Access projects within the county and there are already ukulele, brass and string projects taking place in some schools.

All schools are invited to discuss their interest in providing opportunities for their students on orchestral instruments. Please contact RutlandMusic@NMPAT.co.uk

Each school has been allocated an allowance of money from the National Music Grant for supporting the Vocal Strategy – Let’s Sing – and ensure that every child has the opportunity to sing during their time at school.

Let’s Sing vocal projects are either 5 or 6 weeks long and can support individual classes, school choirs or provide singing assemblies for the whole school. Each school will have different needs depending on their individual development.

Schools pay for these projects with money allocated to them from the Government’s National Music Grant, or provide the vocal strategy themselves and use the discount on other services as part of an annual Service Level Agreement.

Schools opting for self-delivery undertake to provide pupil data for the Annual ACE data return and agree to accept monitoring visits to ensure quality.

Each school is allocated one 5-week music project for key stage 1, fully funded by Rutland Music Hub.

This can either be a Singing with Phonics project in year 1, or a Singing with Grammar project for year 2.

Additional projects can be booked where schools have multiples classes, or wish to have projects running in both year groups.  These extra projects can be booked within the same visit for £100.  Where an additional visit to the school is required there will be a charge of £180.

All projects run for 5 weeks and each sessions consists of 30 minutes delivery by an early years music specialist, with the intention of complimenting existing classroom teaching and boosting student attainment.

Percussion projects have proved extremely popular and we are pleased to be able to offer either African Drumming or Samba projects again in 2021-2022. 

Each project can be requested for either a half day or a full day and either leads to a performance to the rest of the school, or takes the form of shorter sessions for smaller groups.

The projects are offered to schools as part of an annual Service Level Agreement.

​Funded by Youth Music, Music Forge is a project for Rutland and Northamptonshire aimed at bringing musical opportunities to children in challenging circumstances.

We continue to focus on providing family-based singing and other music-making activities for children with special educational needs and / or disabilities (SEND), as well as our Sound Control initiative which explores ways in which SEND children can access digital technology to enhance their musical experiences.

Currently, we are working closely with Rutland County Council’s Aiming High Team which provides activities and support services for SEND children and young people and their families.

A couple of projects which are rapidly becoming regular fixtures in the diary are:

  • Two of our Musical Inclusion team, Kate Rounding (a multi-instrumentalist, composer and studio engineer) and Daniel Johnson (DJ and music producer), have been visiting Youth CHAOS (Chatty Happy Activities On Saturdays) in the village of Greetham. The group, which caters for young people aged 11 to 25 with disabilities or additional needs, is trying out different types of music technology and generally having fun exploring new sounds.
  • The Relaxed Singalong team (usually based at the Kettering Music and Performing Arts) made an initial foray across into Rutland at the end of February and is looking forward to making another visit in June. The ‘relaxed singalongs’ are just that… opportunities for families and carers with SEND children to come and enjoy singing together in an open, inclusive and relaxed environment.
    • Currently running online, more information about virtual Relaxed Singalongs can be found on the event page.

More information about the Aiming High programme can be found on the Rutland County Council website.

Details about Youth CHAOS in Greetham can be found on the Rutland County Council website.

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