Sound Foundation Somerset like all other music education hubs ensures that every child aged 5 – 18 has the
opportunity to sing and learn a musical instrument and to perform as part of an ensemble or choir.
It also offers opportunities which enable pupils to take their musical interest and talent further through ensembles, both locally and through links with national programmes.
Last academic year we worked with a total of 7000 children and young people in 70% of schools & colleges in Somerset.
The music education offered by hubs is outlined in the Department for Education’s document The Importance of Music: A National Plan for Music Education. These are listed as Core roles and Extension roles and each one of our partner organisations has agreed to deliver one or more of these roles on behalf of Sound Foundation Somerset. Financial support from the DfE via Arts Council England in the form of an annual grant means that we are able to offer highly subsidised high quality experiences that provide insoiration and value for money.
Our Core Roles:
To ensure that every child aged 5 – 18 has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument (other than voice) through whole-week class ensemble teaching programmes, with weekly tuition on the same instrument for ideally a year (but for a minimum of a term)
To provide opportunities to play in ensembles and to perform from an early stage
To ensure that clear progression routes are available and affordable to all young people
To develop a singing strategy to ensure that every pupil sings regularly and that choirs and other vocal ensembles are available in the area.
Our Extension Roles:
To offer Continuous Professional Development (CPD) to school staff, particularly in supporting schools to deliver music in the curriculum;
To provide an instrument loan service, with discounts or free provision for those on low incomes.
To provide access to large scale and/or high quality music experiences for pupils, working with professional musicians and/or venues.