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Jenetta Hurst is striving for the provision of music for all!

Ahead of her upcoming Sound Connections training session, experienced music educator Jenetta Hurst shares her musical background, discusses the importance of true inclusivity over tokenism, and gives a deeper insight into what participants will be exploring in her workshop. Jenetta’s session, ‘Can I say that? Diversifying the music curriculum: An exploration of language, content and approach’, will be taking place online on Thursday 27 January, 4:30 – 6:30pm.


Story by Jenetta Hurst


During this session on the language of diversity in our curriculum and practice, delegates will have the opportunity to connect with children and young people’s experiences as learners. This is an exciting opportunity to take time to reflect upon, refine and share resources and approaches to diversifying our curriculum and facilitation throughout the year.

We’ll take into consideration an already saturated curriculum, offer time management and most importantly, be mindful of the impact of our planning and delivery, to the benefit of all students. We’ll begin a conversation to explore whether approaches to teaching and learning during Black History Month and the delivery of Black Music history can move from tokenism to truly inclusive practice.

As a music educator, my goal has always been the provision of music for all, with the aim of connecting young people with the best practitioners and opportunities available.

I’ve been immersed in music and dance since childhood. I learned how to play the piano aged 6, played the recorder in primary school, and regularly sang in church as a youngster before going onto learn the flute from the age of 9. Music became more than a hobby for me, and at the age of 18 I went on to study at conservatoire level.

Whilst studying for my A levels, I took on my first flute student, and when the opportunity arose to cover some flute and recorder teaching during my undergraduate degree, music education became a natural pathway. In 2002, with the privilege of studying at The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, New York on an exchange programme, I took a challenging woodwind teaching elective and everything concerning music education grew from that point onwards…

Inclusivity really counts. Looking through the lens of a young person gives such insight into how pathways can change, based on opportunity and exposure to excellence. It wasn’t until my early 20’s that I heard about Black British classical composers such as Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and I wonder how I might have benefitted in my own music making, from exposure to the technicalities of a more diverse range of musical styles and genres such a pop, EDM, folk, soca and gospel, as a young person.

This session is an exciting opportunity to continue to develop approaches to the work, connecting rich musical traditions to current musical trends, through discussion and the sharing of good practice, allowing us to keep music education and creativity at the heart of young people’s development.


Places are still available for Jenetta’s session! For more information and to sign up, click here.
This session is suitable for music teachers, practitioners and administrators working with all age ranges and abilities.

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