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#CelebrateMusicEdHubs: Highlights from World Music Day 2024

28th June 2024

Last Friday 21st June was World Music Day 2024, and we took the opportunity to celebrate the last 12 years of Music Education Hubs in England, as well as the fantastic work happening in the music education sector across the UK, including Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales!

We asked you to get involved by sharing the work you’re proud of from the past 12 years, using the themes of Music Making, Inclusion, Youth Voice, and Partnerships, to inspire your posts, but also inviting you to share any successes. We were so happy to see how many people got involved using the hashtag #CelebrateMusicEdHubs on the day!

If you missed the posts on the day, here are some of the highlights:

A fantastic video from ArtsForms Leeds sharing the power of music on the lives of young people:

Essex Music Hub celebrated their Music Making projects:

Coventry Music highlighted their projects amplifying Youth Voice:

Norfolk Music Hub shared three of their favourite projects from the past 12 years, including breaking the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Percussion Ensemble Using Recyclable Materials!

The Benedetti Foundation shared the work they’ve done alongside 34 Music Hubs and Services through their Residency Sessions:

We also spotlighted the fantastic work happening in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales, sharing the projects, partnerships and statistics showcasing wider UK music education.

Celebrating Music Education projects in Scotland! 1. We Make Music Libraries - a new initiative to get musical instruments into public libraries across Scotland! 2. Oi Musica - Bringing communities together with street bands. They recently won a National Youth Work Award! 3. Scotting Young Musicians - Scotland's leading festival of music competitions. The final took place on Sunday 26th May! 4. Early Years Music Scotland - a programme of training and CPD of practitioners working with children in the early years. #WorldMusicDay Celebrating Music Education projects in Wales! 1. Charanga Cymru - a digital music platform that is free to all Welsh schools - over 4,418 teachers are registered to use the platform, with other 25,754 hours of online usage in classroom teaching. 2. Music Masters - a partnership between Music Masters & the National Music Service for Wales to develop a bespoke training programme to empower and raise confidence of music teachers in Wales. 3. First Experiences - 71% of primary schools have engaged in First Experiences with over 48,000 pupils learning an instrument in the first year of the programme. 4. The National Music Service - developed strong local, regional and national partnerships which were celebrated at the Urdd Eisteddfod in May 2024. #WorldMusicDay Celebrating Music Education projects in Northern Ireland! Endangered Instruments of the Orchestra (EA Music and the Ulster Orchestra) - Now in its second year of 'To Bassoon and Beyond' and its first year of 'To Viola and Beyond'. Its bassoon project won the Classic FM Best New Music Learning Initiative in 2023! Northern Ireland Residency with the Benedetti Foundation - as part of the 5 day residency, 9 primary schools & 3 special schools received music workshops with Benedetti facilitators in 2024. Over 1300 children participated in interactive workshops focusing on pitch, pulse, and rhythm!

… And so much more fantastic work was shared too! Thank you to everyone who got involved and helped us to #CelebrateMusicEdHubs. It was amazing to see the highlights of your work over the past 12 years, and we can’t wait to continue supporting the music education sector.