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]  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).