Centre Partially Re-Opened

Colwell Arts Centre has now partially re-opened for new instrument hires, and existing hirers to return or exchange instruments. We are operating an appointment-based system so please contact glosmusic@gloucestershire.gov.uk with any enquiries or to book your appointment.

If you are a self employed teacher or school looking for support with regards to planning for the forthcoming academic year then please click here.

COVID-19 Instrument Hire Help

We understand at these difficult times that some families will be finding payment of these invoices challenging, especially where you might have significantly reduced incomes. We do not want to let money be a barrier to your child continuing to learn on the instrument they have chosen and we have made funding available to support this. Please click here to complete the COVID-19 Instrument Hire Help form and email to mark.medland@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Musical inclusion

Musically inclusive practice ensures that all children and young people who want to can make music. We believe that challenging circumstances faced by young people shouldn't be barriers to music-making, and that everyone should be able to benefit from the personal and social (as well as musical) outcomes that music-making brings. True inclusivity can only happen in music education if there are opportunities for all children and young people to be supported as musicians across all genres and styles, by practitioners who understand their needs and worldviews and who are equipped to help them on their individual learning journeys

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Youth Music the national children's charity focusing on young people in challenging circumstances, says that a musically inclusive project, hub or school :

  • identifies and works to break down any barriers to music-making that young people face
  • puts the voices of children and young people at the heart of work which is relevant to their needs and interests
  • places emphasis on young people’s self-expression and musical creativity
  • supports a diversity of high-quality music-making across a wide range of genres and musical activities
  • actively works to create understanding among all those involved in music education of the different approaches to teaching and learning
  • does all this through all areas of its work: making inclusion a central factor in funding and resource allocation; strategy and planning; programming/curriculum; staffing and professional development.

The musical inclusion work of the Hub is led by The Music Works (previously Gloucestershire Music Makers) which is a charity that transforms lives with music. They specialise in supporting vulnerable groups and those not already engaged in music-making such as children in care, at risk of offending, those with special educational needs (SEN), those in Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) etc, as well as vulnerable adults.

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