with Darwen Music Service is one of the youngest music services
to have participated in this scheme. Set up in September 1999,
the Service is already making its mark with rapid growth in the
volume of peripatetic tuition and imaginative interventions jointly
with the youth service, targeting disaffection and social exclusion.
A Music Service to watch..
the 1970s and 80s, Croydon picked up three major awards
and four diplomas. In the intervening years, they have been more
self-effacing! So we were delighted to receive a submission which
reveals a Service on track once again to achieving national recognition..
Renfrewshire were responsible for an interesting 'Music and
the Nursery' initiative which provided instrumental staff with
new skills for working with very young children, nursery staff
with the confidence to use music on a daily basis and ten senior
pupils with opportunity to perform with staff under the direction
of a professional conductor..
have established a music school standards fund for their 26 music
schools, which will enable them purchase equipment to improve
or facilitate provision and to encourage and pilot new ideas.
We have been impressed by a successful pilot of music technology
classes at a junior music school which is based in a village school.
Tailored to meet the needs of Key Stage 2 pupils, the fund's investment
also paid for the employment of a music technology specialist..
Highland Council while continuing their praiseworthy commitment
to community and traditional music through the medium of community
radio, facilitated an impressively high number of ensemble playing
aren't many music genres not provided for by Luton, though
we would have welcomed a fuller description.
their great credit, North Ayrshire make no charges for
tuition or the loan of instruments. The instrumental service,
which was responsible for a variety of classical, operatic, rock
and traditional music initiatives throughout the year also contrived
to bring together in Mallorca a symphony orchestra comprising
young musicians from Sweden, Spain and North Ayrshire!
of a range of valuable teacher guides and a successful introduction
to musics of other cultures, directed by Scott Stroman, for both
primary and secondary levels were among the highlights of North
privately funded 'Music Zone' with additional financial support
from Youth Music and Space for Sport and the Arts has given Plymouth LEA an invaluable kick-start of out-of-school provision for when
the LEA launches a new music service in April 2003.
were responsible for a good range of new initiatives during the
year, including what must have been a challenging four-day music
residential course at two locations, involving 150 primary school
Music Services, which were also formed in 1999 have improved the
conditions of service for their instrumental teachers. Much has
been achieved in the Services' short life and we look forward
to learning more of their INSET provision and ensemble performance
opportunities in future submissions.
Council's Children's Services made a praiseworthy commitment to
provision for pupils with special educational needs (SEN), yet
their submission was outstanding for its investment in a three-year
music development project ('Sound Tracks') with two broad strands
- New & Contemporary Music and Traditional & Indigenous
Music. The first year is now completed and there is evidence that
in accordance with its main aims, the project is indeed promoting,
improving and developing young people's confidence, self esteem,
social skills, group interaction and organisational skills. The
breadth of musical experiences involved was remarkable and we
look forward with some excitement to the Service's final evaluation
of the project.
submission was succinct, though we were interested to learn that
an INSET day for all phases and for governors was devoted to addressing
issues around the Islamic faith and music.
many features in the West Sussex Music Support Service's
impressive submission, we single out four for attention. First,
an investment of £100,000 for the purchase of instruments
for pupils, with priority given to families who would otherwise
be unable to afford to buy or hire an instrument commercially.
Secondly, the service development plan which included positive
measures to encourage pupils to learn "minority" instruments.
Thirdly, one of the most impressive demonstrations of what can
be achieved when an LEA's music and youth services together with
district councils work collaboratively. And finally, we are grateful
to the Service for sharing their development plan with us. This
was a challenging document, which pulled very few punches. We
would only comment that while real progress was being made on
the world musics front, there was scope for more schools activity
(beyond the commendable 'Rhythmix' project) in jazz and popular
are delighted to be able to conclude our honourable mentions with
the submission from another Service to watch. This one is the
City of York Arts Service whose
- INSET provision was thorough and broad based with additional
input from a range of external providers;
- professional musician involvement was generous and multi-genre;
- special needs provision was exemplary; and
- whose performance opportunities for pupils were plentiful.