Music Education hubs are groups of organisations – such as local authorities, schools, other hubs, arts organisations, community or voluntary organisations – working together to create joined-up music education provision, and to respond to local need.
Connect: Resound has worked with Music Education Hubs across the country since 2014, to support them in incorporating online technology in their music education work. This may be through teaching individuals and groups over the internet, developing live broadcasts for schools audiences, or providing CPD and technical advice and support for online music education. Collectively, we are building up a body of knowledge and practice which is helping to inform how music education can become more accessible, provide more opportunities to engage in high quality music education and enrichment activities, and continue to innovate and improve efficiency, using online technology.
Thanks to funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Connect: Resound will work with Music Education Hub Partners between 2018-21 to support them in embedding online music education into their work, and to jointly explore new contexts and applications for online learning in music.
The first five Music Education Hubs selected to take part in the latest phase of Connect: Resound will continue to address the challenges of rural isolation whilst also exploring the potential of the model to help reach young people facing additional difficulties in accessing music-making:
Croydon Music Education Hub – Reaching young people facing mental health or other issues which make it difficult for them to access mainstream services or to attend school regularly.
East Sussex Music Education Hub - Overcoming rural isolation by exploring teaching to multiple venues at once, as well as virtual tuition at home through the development of online courses and webinars as well as live teaching.
Lincolnshire Music Education Hub - Exploring how technology can address the challenges of delivering to every child – even those in isolated communities – in a large, sparsely populated county.
Norfolk Music Hub - Reaching more children in rurally isolated areas, providing a wider range of music opportunities and looking at the potential to deliver training to the music workforce online.
Surrey Music Hub - Developing access to instrumental learning amongst primary and secondary age pupils, including looked after children and young unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.