Sound Foundation Somerset aims to ensure 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.
In 2017/18 we
- engaged a total of 70,000 children and young people with music in Somerset.
- worked in 271 educational establishments.
- worked with 84% of Somerset Schools in one or more of the Core Roles.
- Our singing strategy is reaching 60% of 5-18 years olds in the County.
Since 2012, the government has been changing the way that music education is delivered outside (but in support of) the school’s curriculum. It is not possible for one single organisation to deliver everything a young person might want/need from music, but by working together we can make it easier for young people and schools to find the right music pathway.
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. The aims are listed as Core roles and Extension roles and with financial support from the DfE via Arts Council England in the form of an annual grant, we are able to offer highly subsidised high quality experiences that provide inspiration and value for money.
Our Core Roles:
To ensure that every child aged 5 – 18 can 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 both locally and nationally through links with other programmes.
To develop a singing strategy to ensure that every pupil sings regularly, and that choirs and other vocal ensembles are available in the area.
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.