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Music Nurture Group Day at Stevenage Music Centre – by music leader Ije Amaechi

18 May, 2020

In Stevenage, Music Nurture Groups are a way for schools to help young people at risk of exclusion  who struggle socially and emotionally, to re-engage in school. Weekly half-hour sessions take place in school with groups of three to five young people, focusing on creative music-making and pupil choice and voice. Music leader Ije Amaechi […]

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How to set up an in-school Music Nurture Group

18 May, 2020

In partnership with a network of school heads, Stevenage Music Centre has been piloting a programme of research into how instrumental tuition might prevent school exclusions. Here, Michael Davidson, Head of Rock, Family and Community Music at Hertfordshire Music Service summarises the process for setting up a Musical Nurture Group for vulnerable pupils.

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How I use hocketing in my whole class ensemble guitar teaching

15 May, 2020

Nick White is a music tutor (guitar, piano, keyboard), who’s been working for Essex Music Education hub for 8 years. He first came across hocketing in 2016, through a training session run for the Hub by Michael Davidson of Hertfordshire Music Service.

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An inclusive, creative and social model for whole class ensemble teaching: Hocketing

23 March, 2020

Whole Class Ensemble Teaching/First Access can be a lightbulb moment for young people. It can turn them on to a lifelong love of music, build their self-belief as learners and musicians, and be a joyful, social experience. But it can also offer a challenge to teachers inexperienced to working with mixed ability groups. Developing Whole […]

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Inclusion: the business case for music services and music hub

25 February, 2020

Inclusion isn’t just a Social Justice issue for music services, says Michael Davidson, Head of Rock, Family and Community Music at Hertfordshire Music Service. It can also be a smart business move. In Hertfordshire, it’s helped the service to secure new income through commissions, partnerships and funding; transformed their relationship with schools; and made them […]

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Funding for Music Services to develop inclusion projects in 2020/21

22 November, 2019

MusicNet East:Changing Tunes is delighted to offer 2 action-research grants of £10,000 for music services to learn about the challenges, enablers and benefits of developing programmes of inclusive music making for children in challenging circumstances. Successful applicants will deliver work, training and evaluation within a year (April 2020-March 2021), and will have support from joining our National Music Services […]

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