Support for Music Tuition in Schools
The PMA has over the last few years paid for groups of secondary school students to receive music tuition. We had identified a need for students making the transition from primary school, where tuition was provided free, to secondary schools where in general it was not. The scheme is called the Tuition Project.
The project funds musical instrument or vocal tuition in ensembles in secondary schools. Its aims are to enable selected pupils to:-
- Engage in music making
- Engage in the musical community
- Give performances as an ensemble
- Develop musicians in the Plymouth area in the long term
Children moving from primary school to secondary school often face barriers, financial or practical, to continuing with or taking up group music tuition. PMA helps to overcome these.
The project has now been running successfully for five years and there are currently some 50 children receiving tuition in four schools. Many in the Tuition Project have successfully achieved GCSE and A levels and a number have gone on to study music at universities and other bodies.
If you teach in a school and would like to enquire further about the Tuition Project, please contact Pete Twyman, our schools' liaison officer (01822 854243).
Letter in The Guardian
Read Chairman Peter Holt's letter to the Guardian about cuts in music education in schools, published on Sunday 16 October 2016.
The first of our tuition groups, who learnt the saxophone at Lipson Co-operative Academy, took part in an evening performance there on Thursday July 12 2012. The audience included Committee Members from Plymouth Music Accord.
This first group, pictured below, has been successful in attaining excellent GCSE Music grades and has performed at many events and venues including the PMA Annual General Meeting in May 2016.
Lipson Co-operative Academy hold a Christmas Concert each year in St. Jude's Church. On 2016 this was held on Tuesday December 13 and featured many different instrumental groups, choirs and the Orchestra. The sax ensemble is pictured below.
Congratulations to the Lipson Music Department on an enjoyable and inspiring concert.
Tuition Project Showcase Concert
A concert involving four ensembles who have come together through the Tuition Project was held in the Sherwell Centre, University of Plymouth, on Friday 18th November 2016.
This was an opportunity for ensembles to play in front of a live audience and show how, with the support of the PMA, they have developed their musical and co-operative skills. The photos below show the Lipson Brass Ensemble, Hele's School Strings and Wind Ensembles, Tor Bridge High Brass Ensemble and Lipson Sax Ensemble, and finally the tutors and music teachers involved.
Quote from Gordon Carter, RM:
"The feedback I received from Peter Twyman and parents with regards to the PMA Concert was fantastic. I was extremely frustrated that I couldn’t be there but was immensely proud of the performance they gave on the night.
All the students want to play and are keen as mustard and the opportunities they are gaining playing music is indeed in part thanks to the wonderful support from the PMA.
I think you will all agree that the standard of performance coming from these young people is inspiring."