Striking the right note in music education
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What is Musicate?
Established in 2016, Musicate is a year-round music education programme for primary schools that focuses on listening to, exploring, and responding creatively to new and unfamiliar music. Musicate offers training and professional development for teachers and University music students with a passion for inspiring the next generation. With support and guidance from professional mentors these inspirational young musicians work alongside two teachers in a school over an academic year to help enrich the music curriculum and enhance learning.
Key stats about Musicate
Over six years we have worked with 36 final year musicians from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and 66 teachers in 33 Gloucestershire primary schools. We have delivered 30 CPD days for teachers and Musicats, and reached many hundreds of pupils. We created over 40 digital resources during the pandemic. Musicats have devised 15 bespoke concerts, including our first ever digital Concert for Schools in 2021 which was enjoyed by thousands of pupils and teachers.
A recent in-depth evaluation of the first five years, produced by Dr Jennie Henley, Director of Programmes at the Royal Northern College of Music, highlighted the programme’s many strengths and positive outcomes. As we approach the end of six years of Musicate, we are ready to reflect and to reassess the programme in light of Dr Henley’s very thorough evaluation. We will take the learnings, keep and develop the strongest elements, and create a new programme with capacity for further expansion.
New Musicate will launch in September 2023
For Musicats there will be a training programme in music workshop development alongside the Festival-related opportunities and progression routes currently available to them. For teachers we will develop an annual CPD programme that builds on what we already deliver and will reflect new thinking and curricula in music and explore links with other areas of the curriculum such as reading and oracy.