Norfolk Music Hub

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○ Your Hub

Norfolk Music Hub is a partnership of organisations and schools which engage with Norfolk’s children and young people in music making. These organisations share what they do, communicate with each other and are committed to the highest quality of music education for children and young people. Our partnership serves to create the very best opportunities for children and young people to get involved in music making.

Hub partners sign an annual agreement and agree to:

1. Contribute to the objectives of National Plan for Music Education in ways appropriate to their organisation
2. Share in the promotion of Music Hub events and opportunities for children and young people
3. Participate in networking opportunities to improve communication between Hub members
4. Attend meetings as required by the lead organisation and as far as reasonably practicable
5. Assist with annual Arts Council returns, as outlined by the lead organisation, for reporting and analysis purposes
6. Contribute to monitoring and evaluation of the impact of activity
7. Be positive ambassadors for the Music Hub
8. Brand and include the use of Arts Council England, the Department for Education and Norfolk Music Hub logos in all publicity material relating to Hub activity.

Download: Hub Partnership Agreement (updated January 2019)

○ Our Vision

To release the musicianship in all children and young people by understanding and enhancing their musical capabilities

○ Our Priorities

Following extensive music education delivery and partnership development during academic year 2017/18 our priorities have been refreshed to reflect development needs over the coming years. Our priorities are framed from within our vision statement and stand as follows:

  • Increasing the breadth of musical engagement
  • Raising standards of musical engagement
  • Adding value by working with partners to extend the reach of the Hub and access additional strategic funds

○ Funded by the Department for Education

We are funded by the Department of Education; our grant is administered by Arts Council England to create more opportunities for children and young people to get involved in music. Music Hubs are already working with 80% of schools in England, meaning that around one million children and young people are learning a musical instrument.

NB. Music Education Hubs are not grant giving organisations, but rather commissioners of activity in localities dependant on need. We are, however, keen to hear about any exciting initiatives/projects and can support you to promote opportunities to children and young people in your area so please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at any time.

For further information on local and national funding bodies, please visit our financial assistance page >>

○ Experienced Executive Board

We are governed by an Executive Board that meets four times a year to provide informed advice to Norfolk Music Service as the lead organisation, ensuring the the partnership remains focussed on delivering the key objectives of the National Plan for Music Education.


Core Roles

The National Plan for Music Education outlines core and extension roles that all hubs are required to deliver as a condition of their funding from Department for Education which is administered through Arts Council England. These roles set a benchmark for good practice for a well-rounded service within Music Education Hubs.

  • 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.

Extension Roles

  • Offer Continuing 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.

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Lead Organisation

Educator Solutions is the trading enterprise of Norfolk County Council providing services to schools, academies and other education establishments in Norfolk and beyond. This includes Norfolk Music Service which delivers the services required as Lead Organisation of Norfolk Music Hub.

Download: Norfolk Music Service Information Booklet 2018/19 >>

Norfolk Music Service aims to:

  • Promote high quality music education in Norfolk schools both in the curriculum and through instrumental and vocal teaching
  • Promote and encourage all children as music makers
  • Provide a broad and balanced programme of music making opportunities including ensembles, that reflect and promote cultural diversity
  • Work collaboratively with all partners in Norfolk and with other LA services to achieve the aims of the LA and the County Council

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Contact us:

Feel free to call us or send a message
T 01603 307710
E musicservice@educatorsolutions.org.uk


AACENTRERGBNorfolk Music Hub and Norfolk Music Service are a joint Arts Award centre.

Arts Award’s unique qualifications support young people to develop as artists and arts leaders. Contact us to find out more.


Regional Cultural Education Map

The Festival Bridge have created a map which highlights the cultural education offer across our region in the form of

  • NPOs, MEHs and MPMs (which includes Norfolk Music Hub)
  • museums, libraries, heritage sites
  • Artsmarked education settings

You are able to select any of the above categories for information or to compare and contrast in terms of areas and types of organisations by clicking on the white/grey icon on the top left hand corner of the map and then ticking the relevant boxes.