Celebrating more music programmes in our schools across Barnsley!

Barnsley Music Education Hub released their annual report and are pleased to announce that over the last year, more schools have engaged with music services than ever before. 

Over the last year, 100% of primary and secondary schools, and a record number of students have benefited from access to music education thanks to the combined efforts of the Music Hub and partners such as Barnsley Youth Choir. 

Hannah Fouracre, Director of Music Education, Arts Council England, outlines: “We continue to celebrate the extraordinary value of the Music Education Hub network that is now in its tenth year. These place-based partnerships engage in conversations with community and cultural partners, schools, and young people themselves to ensure children can sing, learn an instrument and play together. During a challenging year, Barnsley Music Education Hub’s positive engagement with schools, particularly with singing, is pleasing to see.” 

During COVID-19 it was as important as ever that young people had access to music education, as learning music can help focus on learning and relieve stress while boosting confidence. Barnsley Music Education hub provided virtual lessons and access to hundreds of free videos to encourage young people to keep learning and play at home. 

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Barnsley Council’s Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Regeneration and Culture), said: “It’s fantastic that more schools are engaging with our music services. Music opens so many possibilities, and it’s great to see so many young people taking the opportunity to develop their skills, talent and creativity, while fulfilling their learning potential.” 

The Musical Education Hub is now gearing up for a busy year, with ‘The Big Sing’ scheduled for summer 2022, which sees over 200 children from six primary schools across the borough coming together to work with professional singers and musicians.  

You can find out more about the Barnsley Music Education Hub on their website. 

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