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The Music Education Hub

The Music Education Hub was created to co-ordinate and commission music education programmes in Kent. Kent Music is one of 122 Music Education Hubs funded by Arts Council England charged with delivering four core roles:

Ensure that every child aged five to 18 has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument (other than voice) through whole-class ensemble teaching programmes for ideally a year (but for a minimum of a term) of weekly tuition on the same instrument.

Provide opportunities to play in ensembles and to perform from an early stage.

Ensure that clear progression routes are available and affordable to all young people.

Develop a singing strategy to ensure that every pupil is singing regularly and that choirs and other vocal ensembles are available in the area.

It is also expected that many hubs will be able to carry out extension roles, alongside the core roles. These extension roles will include some or all of the following:

Offer Continuous Professional Development (CPD) to school staff, particularly in supporting schools to deliver music in the curriculum.

Provide an instrument loan service, with discounts or free provision for those on low incomes.

Provide access to large scale and/or high quality music experiences for pupils, working with professional musicians and/or venues. This may include undertaking work to publicise the opportunities available to schools, parents/carers and students.

We work closely with schools and other partners in Kent and further afield to deliver a wide range of both in- and out-of-school programmes, designed to give children and young people the opportunity to sing, learn to play musical instruments and progress with their music making.

This is done through the development and funding of in-school programmes, county-wide programmes and projects at a local and regional level. The priorities for in-school programmes feature inclusion, progression and innovation with partnership and collaboration central to programme delivery.

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