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Music for Education & Wellbeing Podcast: Wiltshire Music Connect’s community development model for a music education hub

In this new podcast, Anita Holford, co-editor of Music Education Works, is talking with Nick Howdle and Sophie Amstell of Wiltshire Music Connect, which is a music education hub.

This hub, one of 123 in England, works in quite a different way from other hubs because it has a small, fleet-of-foot team which doesn’t actually deliver music lessons or programmes, but devolves this to a range of music tutors and organisations, and supports local clusters with CPD, networking, and identifying needs.

We talk about:

  • the model for music education in Wiltshire, what it looks like, why it was set up in this way, and its community development influences
  • how it collaborates with local music tutors, schools, and music education organisations
  • what implications the model has for delivering the core and extension roles that are required by government:
    o whole class instrumental tuition for schools,
    o groups and ensembles and performance opportunities,
    o progression routes,
    o singing strategy,
    o and extension roles which are CPD for school staff, instrument loan service and large scale and high quality musical experiences with professional musicians and venues.
  • how it maintains quality and access
  • how has involved stakeholders in developing communications
  • and we finish with Nick’s tips for other hubs interested in learning from Wiltshire’s approach, and Sophie’s wishes for the future of music education

You can access the podcast via a blog on our main website – [PODCAST] [3] Breaking the mould: Wiltshire Music Connect’s community development model for a music education hub, or on iTunes or Spotify (search for Music for Education & Wellbeing).

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