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The Hertfordshire Music Service vision is that all Hertfordshire’s children and young people, regardless of background or circumstances, have the opportunity to discover or develop their unique musical voice and express themselves through the language of music.

The HMS 10 year vision, ‘Musical Voices 2020-30’ sets out an ambitious plan to improve the lives and life chances of Hertfordshire’s children and young people by offering outstanding musical opportunities.

As a DfE funded organisation through Arts Council England, Hertfordshire Music Service is perfectly placed to support the educational, social and emotional outcomes of your students.

The music service is here to support your school in the way you need, and there are some inspiring ways HMS can ensure music remains alive and well in your local school community.

The focus for our service now is fixed firmly on ensuring all young people in Hertfordshire can find their unique musical voice as we look towards a new and exciting future with your school as a partner in our musical community.

 

Benjamin Stevens

Ben Stevens

Music Director

 

Music Centres

HMS deliver instrumental lessons, ensembles, bands, courses and training at its 12 music centres across the county throughout the year.

Our ambition for HMS music centres is that they become a hub for local communities to come together and make music. Joining an ensemble gives students the chance to make new friends, progress further and faster in their learning and perform in prestigious events and venues.

Our centres deliver special events for local schools, including singing festivals, orchestra days and even music technology courses. For more information on your local music centre and the events that your school can join in with, please click here.

HMS is immensely grateful to the schools who host a music centre, and we look forward to welcoming more students to our centres in future for exciting musical opportunities at all levels.

COVID-19

Music education during the COVID-19 pandemic has faced numerous challenges and difficulties. As guidance continues to change, we will ensure the HMS website is kept up to date so you have all the information you need to keep the music playing.

For the most up to date information, risk assessment templates and advice on how to adapt your music provision, visit the COVID-19 section of our website.

Blended Learning

The HMS blended learning offer has enabled students and schools to access musical learning throughout the pandemic.

It is expected that if face to face tuition is not available for any reason, all HMS services will immediately switch to an online platform.

Whilst we appreciate that, for some learners, face to face lessons might be preferable, we are keen to have no unnecessary pauses in musical learning.

Feedback from tutor and parent surveys indicate that musical progress remains consistently high during online learning, and students have learnt new skills in exciting and fun ways. Parents report feeling more involved in their child’s learning and being more confident to help them practice.

This means that no matter what happens, students will continue to make musical progress and receive music lessons from HMS.

For further information about the HMS blended offer, please contact us.

Artsmark and Arts Award

HMS is an Artsmark Partner and is able to signpost and support schools to explore the opportunities and benefits of the Artsmark school accreditation and Arts Award programme for students.

Please contact us for more information.

 


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Why do we use cookies?

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You can change the settings of your web browser so that it won’t accept cookies. For more information visit AboutCookies.org.

But, doing this may stop you from using some of the online features and services on this website. 

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Just for the time you are on our website.

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Required functionality

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Just for the time you are on our website.

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Required functionality

To track the effectiveness of our website using Google Analytics. 

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Performance and feature

To save the pages that you visit by clicking the heart at the top of the page. 

1 month

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This stores your postcode (or partial postcode) when we ask you for your location.

Just for the time you are on our website or 30 days (you choose this).

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Just for the time you are on our website or 30 days (you choose this).

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Required functionality

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There are links and content from other sites and services on our website. These sites and services set their own cookies.

Below are a list of cookies that the other sites and services use:

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Cookies of the same names are also used for the same purpose by other websites such as Building FuturesCountryside Management Service and Hertfordshire LIS.

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It expires at the end of your browser session.

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