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For over 40 years Hertfordshire Music Service has successfully delivered musical opportunities to generations of young people throughout the county. The service is now one of the largest in the country with many thousands of young people involved in our weekly musical activities, supported by over 450 teachers. 

We receive funding from the Department for Education through the Arts Council England, as well as generous support from Hertfordshire County Council to provide world class music tuition to the residents and families of Hertfordshire.

Our vision for 2020-30

The HMS ‘Musical Voices’ vision for 2020-30 aims to enable all young people in Hertfordshire to discover their own unique musical voice as well as ensuring the service itself becomes fully inclusive.

Our 12 music centres across the county are developing into local musical community hubs with the ambition of providing engaging, life-long music education as well as a wider variety of activities including music technology, music production and youth leadership opportunities.

HMS is a team of passionate musicians, teachers and educators who care deeply about enabling young people to experience the benefits of a high quality music education. We deliver the incredible musical, personal and social outcomes that come from learning a musical instrument week in, week out.

We are here to guide you and your family on a unique musical journey - so please get in touch and start making music with HMS!

Vacancies in Hertfordshire Music Service

Hertfordshire Music Education Hub

Hertfordshire Music Forum

Music Education Hubs are groups of organisations – such as local authorities, schools, other hubs, art organisations, community or voluntary organisations – working together to create joined-up music education provision, respond to local need and fulfil the objectives of the Hub as set out in the National Plan for Music Education

Hubs are coordinated by the Hub lead organisation, which takes on responsibility for the funding and governance of the Hub.

Hertfordshire Music Service, part of Hertfordshire County Council, is the lead partner for the Hertfordshire Music Education Hub which is supported by funding from the Department for Education which comes to us via Arts Council England. The Hertfordshire Music Education Hub acts as a gateway to create music education provision that works in a local context, both in and out of school. It helps drive the quality of service locally, with scope for improved partnership working, better value for money, local innovation and greater accountability.

The core roles of a Music Hub are to:

  • 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 ideally a year (but 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 is singing regularly and that choirs and other vocal ensembles are available in the area.

 The extension roles:

  •  offer Continuous Professional Development (CPD) to school staff, particularly in supporting schools to deliver music in the curriculum
  • provide an instrument loan service, with discounts or free provision for those on low income
  • 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.

There can be no greater priority than to ensure the safety of the children and young people we work with on a daily basis. To this end the Hertfordshire Music Education Hub has established a Safeguarding Subgroup. The Hertfordshire Music Education Hub Safeguarding Subgroup uses its knowledge and experience to offer strategic advice and guidance to Hertfordshire Music Service on safeguarding practice and culture, in support of its role as lead partner in the Hertfordshire Music Education Hub.

More information about Music Education Hubs is available on the Arts Council England website

Hertfordshire Music Service Hub Terms of Reference (Updated June 2021)

Hub partners

We are delighted that so many organisations are part of the Hertfordshire Music Education Hub through a huge range of active partnerships:

Corporate memberships

ISM - Incorporated Society of Musicians

5 Strategic Strands

1. Opportunity and 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 First Access (formerly 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 and 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.

 

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