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 2021, 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 Industrious.

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 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.

"All children should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument"

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