The Mix, Luton’s music education hub, is tasked by the Department for Education to perform four core and (optionally) three extension roles:
CORE ROLE 1
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.
CORE ROLE 2
Provide opportunities to play in ensembles and perform from an early age.
CORE ROLE 3
Ensure clear progression routes are available and affordable to all young people.
CORE ROLE 4
Develop a singing strategy to ensure that every pupil sings and that choirs and other vocal ensembles are available in the area.
EXTENSION ROLE 1
Offer CPD to school staff, particularly in supporting schools to deliver music in the curriculum.
EXTENSION ROLE 2
Provide a low-cost instrument loan service to schools, young people, parents, and others.
EXTENSION ROLE 3
Provide access to large scale and high quality music experiences for pupils, working with professional musicians and/or venues.
Through all of this work, we 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.
The Hub is a new way of delivering music education, one of 123 hubs set up across England as part of the Government’s National Plan for Music Education, and funded by the Department for Education through Arts Council England, to deliver the core and extension roles. The idea is that no single organisation can deliver everything a young person might want/need from music, so we work in partnership with schools and other music organisations in the borough, responding wherever possible to the needs of schools and young people.
As well as delivering the core and extension roles, we also:
- work in a strategic way, and in partnership, making best use of the resources in the county – including funding, skills, and knowledge.
- support schools including leadership teams and those responsible for music in their schools, to deliver and develop music in their school through CPD, funding and partnership working.
- support music education organisations, community musicians, music leaders and others to deliver and develop their music work with young people – through CPD, funding and partnership working.
- work in a joined up way, co-ordinating and signposting opportunities and progression routes for young people- like lessons, workshops and performances.
- collectively advocate for music education in the borough.