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Music education helps improve children's ability to learn

What if a large number of scientific studies found there was one activity that could improve our cognitive function, help our memory systems work effectively, help us learn language, help us moderate our emotional states, help us solve complex problems and help our brains be healthier into later life? What if that activity was also enjoyable for everyone involved?

There is one such activity: music education.

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New Term - New Horizons

After 15 years working for Hertfordshire Music Service, 11 as Head of Service, I will be leaving at the beginning of October to take up a new post as Head of Hull Music Service.

I grew up in Hull, so in many ways it is "going home" but nevertheless, it is a big move, and a big decision to leave Hertfordshire.

It has been an absolute privilege to have worked with so many tremendous teachers, schools and musicians - both young and not so young! Hertfordshire Music Service has quite rightly gained a repuation nationally as an orgnaisation that produces high quality musical outcomes with our young musicians and I am sure it will continue to do so in the future.

I would like to thank everyone, from elected councillors, Local Authority Officers, schools, teachers, families and of course Hertfordshire's young musicians for making my time here so special. I will take many happy memories with me when I move North.

James Dickinson


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Alison Pinder Funeral

Alison's funeral was held on Thursday 15 March at Dagnall Street Baptist Church and was well attended by Herts Music Service colleagues as well as friends and family and, unsurprisingly, the church was packed to the rafters.  The service was a moving and fitting tribute to Alison.


Reminder: Music Mark School Membership available to Hertfordshire Schools

 In our role as Lead Partner for the Hertfordshire Music Education Hub we are able to support and recommend our schools for Music Mark Membership. By partipcating in our self-evaluation process which is available in the schools area of the web-site we will organise memebership for you. This means we are able to talk to you about your current music provision and your plans for the future. Membership gives you a certificate, a logo for your web-site/stationary plus access to resources and events provided by Music Mark - The UK Association for Music Education.