Our Mission and what we want to achieve
We will, in partnership, provide a comprehensive, high quality music education for children and young people, delivering music, both in and out of school, and providing flexible outreach support for individuals, schools and other structures operating in adjacent areas.
What does Resonate offer?
Our plans will address both the core roles and the extension roles specified in the National Plan for Music Education:
Core Role 1
Every child aged 5-18 in Liverpool, regardless of economic circumstances, will have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.
We have offered every Year 4 class in Liverpool, a year of whole-class ensemble provision, heavily subsidised using the Arts Council fund to ensure it is accessible to both schools and pupils.
Core Role 2
We will provide opportunities to play in ensembles and to perform from an early stage, seeking out the best musical activities, ensembles, bands and creative opportunities for young people to continue their musical journey.
Core Role 3
There will be clear progression routes available and affordable to all young people in Liverpool.
We have used the Arts Council fund to heavily subsidise ensemble activity beyond initial access, working with schools to ensure there is no cost to the pupil in the first years of their instrumental and vocal journey. Whole class activity beyond first access in Year 4 is heavily subsidised using the ACE fund meaning that there are increasing numbers of KS2 pupils who are continuing their musical leaning into Year 5 and 6.
Core Role 4
A singing strategy will be developed to ensure that every pupil sings regularly and that choirs and other vocal ensembles are available.
We have established a singing network – SONG Merseyside to provide a framework of support and training for local and regional singing organisations, practitioners and classroom teachers. This encompasses all Key Stages, has a focus on enjoyment and engagement, and celebrates the value and impact of collective and inclusive singing activities.
Extension Role 1
Offer CPD to school staff, particularly in supporting schools to deliver music in the curriculum.
Our approach indicates a comprehensive and far reaching commitment to developing the school-based workforce, whereby schools can access the hub to support them in developing both their leadership and their delivery of music in the curriculum.
Developing leadership of music in schools is fundamental to this plan. Through Notre Dame College, our leadership team have accessed the National College for School Leadership’s facilitators’ training to support schools in developing middle leadership.
Extension Role 2
We will facilitate access to instruments, using the hub as a powerful voice in sourcing income for this purpose.
There is a stock of instruments distributed to schools across Liverpool to support pupil access and transition. Our local knowledge tells us that the majority of families are unable to afford the purchase of a musical instrument; this disadvantage will not be a barrier to learning.
Extension Role 3
Provide access to large scale and/or high quality music experiences for pupils, working with professional musicians and/venues.
We see this aspect of provision as being embedded in Core Role 1, whereby pupils experience a broad and diverse musical curriculum, live orchestral visits and access to local professional world musicians as part of their whole-class ensemble experience. Added to this is an already established calendar of large scale, massed performing and singing events to inspire and motivate musical success.