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MusicNet East is a three-year strategic partnership between Cambridgeshire Music, Essex Music Education Hub and Hertfordshire Music Service and national children’s charity Youth Music to increase access to musicmaking for children in challenging circumstances in these three counties.

We believe in the power of music to improve the lives and wellbeing of all children and young people and that no child or young person should experience barriers to becoming, and progressing as, a young musician.

The aim of the MusicNet East project is to provide all children and young people in Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Essex with inclusive and excellent opportunities to engage with music in all its forms for personal and social wellbeing.

We are doing this by:

  • Developing and evaluating models of sustainable, child-centred and inclusive music-making, learning and teaching that are available to all schools, communities and services for children and young people through our Music Education Hubs.
  • Building a responsive and creative workforce that meets the needs of all children and young people Promoting and advocating for the power of music to improve learning and social outcomes for children and young people in challenging circumstances and to deliver long-term benefits to communities.
  • Establishing progression routes for informal learners so that all children and young people can develop as young musicians.

Who is it for?
Music Hubs and Music Services, independent music education providers, workshop leaders, schools, education support centres and services working to promote positive personal and social outcomes for children and young people such as non-music local authority teams and third sector organisations.

Who is it run by?
In the Eastern Region, Hertfordshire Music Service will work across Bedfordshire, Luton, Hertfordshire, Essex, Southend and Thurrock and South Cambridgeshire; The Garage Trust will support Norfolk, Suffolk, North Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Hertfordshire Music Service is also developing an Early Years Network across the entire region (please get in touch if you would like more detail on this). The networks are working closely with the regional Bridge Organisations and Music Hubs.

What is the role of MusicNet-East?

  • To identify and highlight effective practice in musical inclusion and the use of music to support inclusion, parenting, well-being and wider education.
  • Promote the benefits of using music with excluded groups and individuals.
  • Promote the benefits that inclusion can bring to music making, (e.g. providing high levels of ownership, innovation and creativity, linking informal and formal music).
  • To network together music workshops leaders, service leaders and education professionals including Music Hubs.
  • Share and signpost statutory guidance on Safeguarding, Equality and Diversity.
  • Provide guidance on assessment and identification of quality in delivery for effective progression.
  • Develop and provide training opportunities for individuals and organisations.
MusicNet-East Achievements
  • Networking, mapping of good practice, identification of innovative projects and organisations, and development of steering groups: see http://www.musicnet-east.org.uk
  • Fundraising support- 5 organisations funded by local music hubs for inclusion work and 2 successful Youth Music bids completed with help from MusicNet-East.
  • Project with Zinc Arts highlighting work with young people with learning disability in music and creative leadership.
  • Project with schools in Hertfordshire to explore the role of the peripatetic music teacher to support behaviour management.
  • Project in rural areas of Essex, E Herts and S Cambs to develop a progression route for young acoustic players in collaboration with The Junction Cambridge and Cambridge Folk Festival.
  • Project work with traveller children in Basildon.
  • Project work with young people at risk of offending or vulnerable in Bedfordshire.
  • 2014 regional musical inclusion conference.
How Can I Get Involved?
Get in touch - we can offer one to one support to develop your ideas, signpost you to sources of funding, find musicians to work on your project and keep you in the loop with innovative practice. Visit one of our roadshows or take up one of our training opportunities. We can also arrange introductions and ‘go see’ visits with our flagship projects so that you can see for yourself how inclusive music making works for children, young people and their families.

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For more information on these networks, please contact:
Michael Davidson
Head of Rock, Family and Community Music - Hertfordshire Music Service