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Working with Music Education Hubs

On Wednesday 26 June Sound Connections co-hosted a networking event with eight Music Education Hubs about the different opportunities for teaching music with a Hub. The eight hubs (from Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Enfield, Haringey, Harrow and Hillingdon) collectively make up Music8London and cover a large part of North and North West London.

The event began with Samantha Spence, Ealing Music Education Hub, demystifying the world of whole class ensemble teaching and what it’s like to work in schools. She then went on to give some top tips on how to write a successful application. This was followed by a lively presentation from Eric Angus, Brent Music Education Hub, who looked at different approaches to teaching and learning, and how to engage a range of young people. There was then an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and find out more. Each hub also outlined their individual offers which gave a real flavour of the different ensembles and opportunities across the region. The evening concluded with an opportunity to network and speak with each of the hub staff over tea and sandwiches.

What became apparent was the range of music activity across the eight hubs and that all of them were offering activity which was addressing inclusion in the widest possible way. This is extremely positive to see and not only did attendees benefit from hearing this but it shows how collectively hubs can work together to provide a wider range of opportunities for those young people who are most in need. It was also refreshing to see such a range of attendees, including students, recent graduates and mid-career musicians, all keen to find out more about how to improve their practice and develop their portfolio career.

We look forward to developing similar sub-regional event across London over the next three years, as part of our Youth Music Fund C programme.

 

 

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