LOCAL EDUCATION AUTHORITY MUSIC
are undoubtedly inequities in the central funding of LEAs. This characteristic
of the Revenue Support Grant system has proved to be insoluble. Inevitably,
some LEAs "do better" than others. Hertfordshire are
one such, it is alleged. There are many others. Yet over several years
Hertfordshire have distinguished themselves by upholding their commitment
to a high quality music service. This report cannot do justice to their
achievements. The Music Service took the lead within the LEA for an
authority-wide strategy for the arts in education. In collaboration
with the then Eastern Arts Board, an Arts in Education officer was appointed;
and subsequently a dance adviser, who is working jointly with the Music
Service. A new investment in world musics has been made: additional
sets of steel pans have been purchased; a samba festival was held in
St Albans; in Hitchin, jointly with the Asian Cultural Centre, pupils
were introduced to the traditions and conventions of Asian music; the
gamelan continued to be popular - indeed there are now two regular weekly
groups, one adult and one which includes a high percentage of children
educated otherwise than at school.
broadening of the music genres on offer, particularly to increase access
and ensure greater inclusiveness, took the form of workshops on rock
music, keyboards, guitar and drums.
a collaboration with the youth service, district councils, the Royal
Philharmonic and the Eastern Orchestral Board, an innovative project
("On the Edge") was delivered across the County: young people
from different social backgrounds worked with club musicians and classical
musicians in a creative project involving performances of their work
and culminating in the premiere of a new piece performed by the entire
RPO in concert at Hemel Hempstead. The project was professionally evaluated
and disseminated in the County and nationally via identification as
an example of best practice in Qualification and Curriculum Authority's
From Policy to Partnership. An ongoing course in music technology was
established in conjunction with the University of Hertfordshire, and
this enabled the Authority's teachers to upgrade their ICT skills and
receive post-graduate certificates in music technology. A part-time
consultant for music technology was also appointed.
is one of several LEAs to have established a music therapy service.
This one was a pilot, which ran until August 2000 and was evaluated
Service's strategy of encouraging the development of minority instruments
support was provided for SEN pupils and, recognising that the LEA still
had room for improvement in this regard, a range of new initiatives
was launched to promote the involvement of pupils and students with
disabilities in music making.
submission revealed a considerable number of examples of joint working
with several other LEAs and of the involvement of professional musicians
finally, we note something which we would very much like to see replicated
throughout the country, viz that one of the ways in which Hertfordshire
continued to promote the importance of music as an integral part of
the National Curriculum was to include music and the arts in the LEA's
statutory Educational Development Plan.