Colwell Arts Centre is now open on a strict appointment-only basis. To collect, return or exchange an instrument, please contact us at glosmusic@gloucestershire.gov.uk to make an appointment.


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Hub Core & Extension roles

We're required by the Department for Education to perform four core and (optionally) three extension roles. These are detailed below:


 Ensure that every child aged 5-18 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. Our partners Gloucestershire MusicThe Music Works (previously Gloucestershire Music Makers) and Gloucester Academy of Music, offer weekly whole-class lessons for primary schools, teaching musical skills through instrumental teaching with Key Stage 2 pupils.  


Provide opportunities to play in ensembles and perform from an early age.  Gloucestershire Music provides weekly out of school hours orchestras, bands, ensembles and other groups and The Music Works is piloting two music technology Saturday morning sessions.  There are many other providers of out of school groups and activities such as hub partners Gloucester Academy of Music and Cotswold Music Tutors.


Ensure clear progression routes are available and affordable to all young people. We're developing our partnership and communications activities so that children and young people, and those who work with/care for them, can find the opportunities and progression routes that are right for them. This includes support for rehearsal and recording spaces run by The Music Works.


Develop a singing strategy to ensure that every pupil sings and that choirs and other vocal ensembles are available in the area. We have a singing strategy developed with the help of teachers, and a programme of singing development work led by our Singing Champion Lisa Mayo.

As part of and in addition to these we also support The Music Works to provide specific provision for young people who face barriers to music-making, and grow the workforce for this area: including looked-after children, children in Pupil Referral Units, young people in special schools and those who have educational and behavioural difficulties.

The extension roles are:


Offer CPD to school staff, particularly in supporting schools to deliver music in the curriculum. We're helping teachers in primary and secondary schools to deliver music in the curriculum - including through Charanga - and to share good practice through training/CPD.


Provide a low-cost instrument loan service to schools, young people, parents, and others. We offer a low cost instrument hire and repair service through Gloucestershire Music.


Provide access to large scale and high quality music experiences for pupils, working with professional musicians and/or venues. This may include undertaking work to promote opportunities available to schools, parent.carers and students. We're working with other local, national and international organisations, including Cheltenham Festivals Education and Gloucestershire Music to bring these experiences to children and young people, as participants, learners or audience members through performances, workshops, lessons and masterclasses.

Through all of this work, we will also advocate the power of music and the value of music education to young people's personal, social and educational development, and its ability to transform lives.  

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