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

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

"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

Music Mark’s useful leaflet 10 things schools should know about learning music.

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.

Twilight Training opportunities are available through Berkshire Maestros for teachers of EYFS, KS1 and SEND:

Twilight Training

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, 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

The Arts Desk, 26 September 2016
Ed Vaizey: 'We must invest more in the arts'

Classic FM, 25 September 2016
Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year 2016: How to nominate

ABRSM News, 15 September 2016
Introducing ARSM – a new performance diploma

MIPro, 14 September 2016
Music Learning Revolution 2016

Classical Music, 13 September 2016
Culture minister makes mostly positive first impression in keynote

The Guardian, 12 September 2016
UK music industry in plea to protect its status during Brexit negotiations

The Guardian, 2 September 2016
10 resources for teaching music

The Guardian, 1 September 2016
The Great Orchestra Challenge: the TV show uncovering the UK’s part-time musicians

TES, 26 August 2016
At the sharp end: teaching music in 2016-2017

Newbury Today, 25 August 2016
Chance of a lifetime: Berkshire county youth music ensembles concert tour to China

Gramophone, 23 August 2016
Why are our schools pushing classical music to the margins?

Telegraph, 3 August 2016
After Brexit, the UK needs cultural confidence – and a new concert hall

Telegraph, 10 July 2016
Nicola Benedetti: Treat classical music like broccoli

Evening Standard, 6 July 2016
Andrew Lloyd Webber calls on the government to make music lessons free for young people

Study International, 17 June 2016
The Telegraph ranks Top 10 universities for Music


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