of Barking & Dagenham’s submission included
exemplary policy and practice on live performance opportunities
for pupils and students and INSET (reflected also in training provided
for other LEA music services) and CPD. We noted also the high quality
of the management and that the Authority’s funding of music
education exceeded the total of all Government grants.
The Caerphilly Music Service is wholly funded
by the LEA and was responsible for a splendid spread of music and
music theatre events. The Service continued to reach above average
percentage of the total school population and generally maintains
its position as Wales’ flagship music service.
The Enfield Arts Support Service reported an
impressive number of new initiatives and development and consolidation
of last year’s new programmes. Vocal work especially was
taken seriously and to good effect. The Service’s previously
noted good range of INSET provision was maintained.
Glasgow too registered numerous new initiatives
and through Culture in Sports, Glasgow provided a praiseworthy
programme of workshops and performance opportunities for adults
with special emphasis on provision for those with disability. Valuable
music technology INSET opportunities were available. There was
a heavy concentration of Saturday morning activities in the re-furbished
City Halls. The Glasgow Schools Big Band pilot was successful and
the Band is now established as one of the Authority’s most
successful ensembles. This submission demonstrates the many benefits
which accrue to music makers when an authority makes such a substantial
investment in customised building provision as Glasgow did in 2006.
Gloucestershire further consolidated
an early years support project, provided opportunities for adults
to play in bands, orchestras and jazz combinations at various levels
(with over 80 adults learning from scratch) and established a productive
partnership with Gloucestershire Brass Band Association. A fast
track scheme for gifted and talented pupils gained momentum by
virtue of free tuition and instrument loan for those playing “endangered
species” instruments. The Service’s reach of 12 per
cent of the school population was above the national average.
There was much to applaud in Havering’s submission; for example
the breadth and volume of weekly band and ensemble opportunities
made available and the fact that wider opportunities programmes
were delivered in all primary schools.
Knowsley successfully enhanced training opportunities
by initiating closer joint working with neighbouring and other
music services. The introduction of “Carnivale” celebrations
provided over 400 Wider Opportunities pupils with excellent performance
opportunities on steel pans, violins, recorders, trombones, clarinets,
guitars as well as singing. Support from borough-wide ensembles
and secondary school hosting of the concerts did much to support
successful transition between years six and seven.
Lancashire reported a most impressive number
of new initiatives in the year. The Music Service’s contact
with pupils and students was well above average as a proportion
of the total school population, but the Wider Opportunities reach
was on the low side. INSET and CPD provision and take-up was outstandingly
good. The Service was responsive to the views of parents and was
able to demonstrate successful outcomes to its long-term commitment
to good quality singing
Lincolnshire The range and scope of opportunities
for regular weekly ensemble/workshop activity continued to be outstanding
as was the take-up of INSET provision. While numbers receiving
tuition were improving from a very low base, the large majority
of schools were accessing the Service for curriculum support purposes.
At the end of the year new funds became available for development
of provision for gifted and talented pupils.
Northumberland Despite low resources the Music
Service delivered an excellent INSET programme which supported
the Service’s commitment to both traditional Northumbrian
and world musics, all of which was facilitated by an impressive
range of instruments and appropriate tutors. The Wider Opportunities
reach was high notwithstanding having to overcome a major and highly
original obstacle to progress arising from a failure by the responsible
body to identify the purpose of the Government’s grant!
Trafford prioritised provision at out-of -hours
music centres and in the Wider Opportunities programme, the latter
to good effect, not least in the resultant strengthening of curriculum
support for primary schools. The dedicated funding of £73,000
to fund the Authority’s Youth Orchestra represented a welcome
commitment in a year when the Service struggled with unprecedented
levels of staff sickness.