£750,000 boost for school mu­sic classes

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By KEN MCER­LAIN ken.mcer­lain@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Etken­m­cer­lain

IM­PROVE­MENTS to mu­sic teach­ing in schools across Peter­bor­ough are on the cards af­ter a new £750,000 scheme was ap­proved.

Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil has suc­ceeded in its bid to Arts Coun­cil Eng­land to set up a new “mu­sic hub” for pri­mary and sec­ondary schools in the city.

The three-year project, which starts in Septem­ber, will see £750,000 go to­wards pro­vid­ing schools with new mu­si­cal in­stru­ments and spe­cial­ist mu­sic teach­ers.

The scheme aims to en­sure all pri­mary school pupils in the city will have ac­cess to a wide num­ber of in- stru­ments such as vi­o­lins, trum­pets, drums, trom­bones, clar­inets and sax­o­phones to get chil­dren in­ter­ested in mu­sic at an early age.

It will also en­sure that spe­cial­ist mu­sic teach­ers and ex­tra mu­sic lessons are pro­vided for all sec­ondary school pupils in the city.

Bosses at the coun­cil say the scheme will boost the qual­ity of mu­sic teach­ing in the city and give schools cur­rently un­able to teach mu­sic due to bud­get con­straints, a chance to do so.

Susie Hall, equal­i­ties, ser­vices to schools and gov­er­nance man­ager for the coun­cil, said: “Mu­sic pro­vi­sion is vi­tal for our young peo­ple.

“Play­ing an in­stru­ment is ex­cit­ing and helps to build con­fi­dence and en­thu­si­asm for learn­ing.

“Un­til re­cently mu­sic pro­vi­sion in schools has not al­ways been avail­able to ev­ery­one.

“This fund­ing will mean that all pri­mary schools will have ac­cess to in­stru­ments and all schools will have op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop their mu­sic pro­grammes.”

Peter­bor­ough is one of 11 mu­sic hubs which are be­ing cre­ated in the East­ern re­gion by Arts Coun­cil Eng­land.

He­len Lax, re­gional di­rec­tor Arts Coun­cil Eng­land, East, said: “The hubs that have been se­lected in the East will be in­stru­men­tal in guar­an­tee­ing a rich and stim­u­lat­ing mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion for ev­ery young per­son.

“These ed­u­ca­tional bod­ies, pro­fes­sional and com­mu­nity mu­sic or­gan­i­sa­tions will work to­gether at a lo­cal level to pro­vide high qual­ity mu­sic op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“Us­ing their com­bined ex­per­tise, the hubs will en­cour­age the de­vel­op­ment of young peo­ple’s mu­si­cal tal­ent whether that’s play­ing, com­pos­ing or per­form­ing, through class­room ac­tiv­i­ties, en­sem­ble and or­ches­tral op­por­tu­ni­ties, choirs and mu­sic tech­nol­ogy.”

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