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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.

Get Involved...

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.

Saxophone Players

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.

Saxophone Players

Congratulations to the Lipson Music Department on an enjoyable and inspiring concert.

David Howard Baker

One of the saxophone players from the first ensemble (Lipson Co-operative Academy) sponsored via the Tuition Project, David Howard Baker, is now studying music at Oxford. A recent press clip tells more.

Tuition Project Showcase Concert 2020

A concert involving school ensembles whose tuition has been sponsored by the Tuition Project was held in the Sherwell Centre, University of Plymouth, on Friday 7th February 2020.

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 Torbridge High Brass and Wind, Lipson Brass, Devonport High School for Girls junior, GCSE duet and senior string ensembles, Hele's Woodwing and Brass Group, and Lipson Sax Ensemble.

The evening was introduced by PMA Committee Member Clive Jenkins, with contributions from Bob Taub - Director of Music at the University of Plymouth, and Pete Twyman B.E.M. - lead music educator at Lipson Co-operative Academy and also a  PMA Committee Member.

Many thanks to the University of Plymouth Arts Institute for providing The Sherwell Centre for this event.

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