Music Education Hubs
supported by the Arts Council England
Hertfordshire Music Service is one of the largest Local Authority music services in the country with over 560 instrumental and vocal teachers teaching over 25,000 children in schools and music centres across the county and is proud to be Lead Partner for the Hertfordshire Music Education Hub
Hertfordshire Music Service believes in making every child's music matter, and as part of the Local Authority are committed to supporting world class standards in schools through music and supporting all children from our most vulnerable families.
As Lead Partner for the Hertfordshire Music Education Hub, five strategic strands will drive musical activity across the county's schools, music centres, other community settings and on-line. By creating a diverse range of opportunities with our partners across these settings and with a portfolio of fully traded, co-funded and fully funded programmes we are able to maximise our impact on the musical lives of children and young people in Hertfordshire.
1. Opportunity & Access:
The Music Hub believes that every child in Hertfordshire should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. This complements the LA strategies of ensuring a good school for every child and narrowing the attainment gap. The traded instrumental and vocal teaching service to schools is supported by the “Remission of Fees” strategy. This LA funded initiative enables those children on Free School Meals and those from other disadvantaged groups to access these traded services. Key Stage 2 Wider Opportunities is delivered through a combination of nationally funded programmes, programmes co-produced with schools and fully traded programmes.
2. Music in the heart of the community:
The Music Service runs a network of Music Centres across the county, run mostly in partnership with schools. Friends organisations, parents and other members of the community are involved in fund-raising and supporting the Music Centres’ activities.
3. Pathways to Excellence:
The Music Service complements a school's existing provision with opportunities to participate in groups and ensembles at both an area and county level. These activities, including the nationally acclaimed County Youth Orchestra give our young players access to a level of ensemble playing that is both inspirational and life changing.
4. Working with our most vulnerable children and young people:
The Music Service is working with an ever increasing number of agencies and partners to support our most vulnerable children. Whether it is our traded Music Therapy Service, our nationally acclaimed SEND Arts Award or project work with excluded children, PRUs or Children Looked After, the Music Service is committed to ensuring music makes a positive contribution to their lives.
5. A trained a supported Workforce:
The Music Service will provide a comprehensive CPD programme to support our workforce across all Key Stages, informal settings and for working with challenging or hard to reach groups including SEND. Peripatetic music teachers work in some of the most potentially vulnerable situations in schools, often on a one-to-one basis. This requires a workforce that is not only fully vetted and CRB checked but also a workforce that is CP trained to deal with and support pupils in these situations.