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Our round up the latest news, articles and links of interest to schools, teachers and the music education industry:

Youth Music "Sound of the Next Generation" Report

To mark their twentieth year, Youth Music has produced a comprehensive review of children and young people’s relationship with music (published on 31 January 2019). It offers ground-breaking insights into the diverse ways young people engage with and value music and music-making, bringing to light the positive and meaningful impact music has for them. Read their report here.

Music Mark Articles

Music Mark – on behalf of its members and the wider sector – lobbies for, and champions, a government supported, high quality, music education provision for all school aged children and young people which addresses diversity, equity and inclusion at its core.

Berkshire Maestros is a member of Music Mark.


Music Mark

10 things schools should know about learning music.

Whole Class Ensemble Teaching (WCET) Research Report – 2017

Resources and Tools from Music Mark Annual Conference 2017

Self-Evaluation Audit Tool for Music in Schools

School Governor Support for Music

Keep up-to-date with news from Music Mark by following them on Twitter using @musicmarkuk.

Sing Up

Sing Up makes transformative change happen in schools through the power of singing. Research proves the positive connection between singing and well-being, and confirms that regular singing contributes to good mental and physical health. Singing has been shown to aid social development among children, and regular high-quality singing in school has a profoundly positive impact on learning outcomes across the curriculum.


Sing Up

Primary toolkit for singing and vocal work

Being internationally minded through song

Keeping boys singing: studying voice change in adolescence (Sing Up, June 2017)

Keep up-to-date with news from Sing Up by following them on Twitter using @singuptweets.

"The impact of instrumental learning on attainment at age 16: a pilot study” by Susan Hallam and Kevin Rogers (British Journal of Music Education Volume 33 Issue 3, November 2016)'s press release on the announcement of funding to Music Hubs made on 18 November 2016: Thousands of children to benefit from music and arts investment

Many of the specifications for GCSE, AS level and A level Music qualifications have changed recently. Find out more about the current qualifications by clicking on the relevant board below:

AQA EdExcel Eduqas OCR

To find out about Berkshire Maestros terms and procedures for claiming fee assistance for those receiving pupil premium or on certain benefits, please click here.

Music grade exams count towards Attainment 8 and Progress 8

Progress 8 aims to capture the progress a pupil makes from the end of primary school to the end of secondary school. It is a type of value-added measure, which means that pupils’ results are compared to the actual achievements of other pupils with the same prior attainment.

The new performance measures are designed to encourage schools to offer a broad and balanced curriculum with a focus on an academic core at Key Stage 4, and reward schools for the teaching of all their pupils, measuring performance across eight qualifications. Every increase in every grade a pupil achieves will attract additional points in the performance tables.

As well as the tradition creative subjects studied at GCSE and A level, graded music exams can now count towards measuring progress. Click here and scroll down to page 28 for further information.

Music Education in the News

The Guardian, 22 May 2019
School music lessons should cover hip-hop and grime, says charity

Tes, 4 March 2019
Music Education 'must tackle digital disconnect'

Tes, 4 February 2019
The very existence of music in schools is under threat

The Guardian, 10 October 2018
Music disappearing from curriculum, schools survey shows

Tes, 6 September 2018
Early years should get more music, says arts chief

Tes, 31 August 2018
Exclusive: Arts slashed as core subjects take over

Tes, 15 August 2018
Funding crisis puts A-level music at risk

Tes, 13 May 2018
Top musicians warn of 'decay' of instrument learning

The Guardian, 3 October 2017
How to improve the school results: not extra maths but music, loads of it

The Guardian, 8 September 2017
The Guardian view on musical education: it needs social harmony

Music Teacher, 9 August 2017
Turning up the bass

Music Week, 7 June 2017
The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) unveils manifesto for musicians

The Times, 27 May 2017
Music lessons make children feel clever

The Strad, 10 April 2017
Dysmusica - how dyslexia research and therapy can overcome difficulties in reading music notation

Newbury Today, 1 February 2017
Praise for Music Hub

The Strad, 20 December 2016
5 things you need to survive as a musician

Counteract, 19 December 2016
Leading music college BIMM to open in Birmingham

Newbury Weekly News, 16 December 2016
£185,000 Music bursary boost for Berkshire Maestros

Music Teacher, 18 November 2016
Government announces music education hub funding to 2020

The Strad, 14 November 2016
Music teachers must learn to correctly respond to student mistakes

The Guardian, 10 November 2016
Make classical music inclusive of black people says BBC's Young Musician 2016

The Strad, 3 November 2016
Sound quality should be the main focus of string teaching

The Guardian, 31 October 2016
The secret life of a singing teacher: it's like being a cheap therapist

The Guardian, 24 October 2016
Want to 'train your brain'? Forget apps, learn a musical instrument

Music Teacher, 20 October 2016
Classical music's diversity problem

The Guardian, 9 October 2016
Laura Mvula warns school cuts will leave music as preserve of the wealthy

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