The Benefits of Technology in Music Education
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by Emma Cragg
2d ago
Tuesday 25th June marks the inaugural Digital Innovation in Music Education Virtual Conference, bringing together experts from music education and beyond to explore how you can lead the way in digital innovation in music education. We spoke to the keynote speaker, Dr Mat Dalgleish, who told us more about his work, and how technology can benefit music education.   Could you introduce where you work and what you do? I joined Staffordshire University as Senior Lecturer in Game Audio and Technical Design in January 2023, and I’m part of the largest game development department in the UK. My ro ..read more
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Moving Beyond Talk: From Action to Impact
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by Emma Cragg
2d ago
In 2021, Music Mark commissioned a research report exploring workforce diversity and representation in London Music Education Hubs through the lens of racism. This research report was written and prepared by Samantha Stimpson, the Founder & Managing Director of equity, diversity and inclusion consultancy, SLS 360. Samantha’s research report helped guide our Talk into Action campaign; we caught up with her to discuss how outcomes and impact can be measured.     The Talk in Action campaign catalysed meaningful change by encouraging members to pledge to take action towards embe ..read more
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Why you should become a board member
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by Emma Cragg
5d ago
Voluntary roles, such as joining a Board of Trustees or a committee, can be a valuable and rewarding experience. Read on to hear from three members of the Music Mark staff team, as they share why they volunteer as board and committee members and what it involves.   Can you describe what your board role is and what it entails? Laura Hailstone, Training & Events Manager: I’ve been a trustee since 2020 for the Big Difference Company (BDC), a charity which grew out of the Leicester Comedy Festival and whose aims are to promote the arts, education & health & ..read more
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Monitoring your carbon footprint
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by Emma Cragg
1w ago
Calculating your organisation’s carbon footprint is an important way to facilitate meaningful decisions about how you adapt your working practices to have less impact on the environment, and contribute positively in the journey to net zero. Whilst we can of course make changes at any point, until you know what your ‘baseline’ is, it can be difficult to make informed decisions.   At the same time, it is important to do so in a way that suits your organisation and the scale at which you are working. Whilst there is inevitably some extra work involved, it shouldn’t become something that feel ..read more
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Research Shorts: Music Always Helps
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by Sarah Whitfield
1w ago
This week, which has seen a lot of discussion on music education twitter about the uptake of GCSE music (I got involved, there were graphs), I’m speaking with Dr Maruša Levstek about her research on KS4 music qualifications with Prof Robin Banarjee and Daniel Elliot, with the support of Emma Collins from Create Music. Photo by MChe Lee on Unsplash This journal article, with a title we can all get behind ‘Music always helps’, investigates the potential association between music subject choices and academic achievement in secondary education. Maruša explained ‘Analysing the Department of Educa ..read more
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What is Carbon Literacy?
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by Emma Cragg
2w ago
The Music Mark team recently undertook Carbon Literacy training through the Carbon Literacy Project, which provided us with valuable time to understand our carbon emissions as a group and as individuals. The training broke down the main causes of the climate crisis and the carbon emissions of a variety of everyday items or actions, which highlighted changes we could make to reduce our emissions. We feel that it’s important the whole Music Mark team had training, to help our transparency and accountability as an organisation, rather than leaving our response to the climate crisis as a responsib ..read more
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Why is marketing your music service important?
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by Emma Cragg
2w ago
Music Hubs and Services are currently faced with a variety of challenges and pressures, and it can be easy to overlook the importance of marketing. However, marketing has an important role to play in supporting your service through some of these challenges and creating a successful organisation.    Effective marketing contributes to your overall business objectives  There are endless possibilities for how effective marketing can help your organisation to achieve its aims and objectives. Whether these are short-term or long-term aims, your organisation’s marketing strategy has an ..read more
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Music Hub Investment Programme Announcement
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by Emma Cragg
2w ago
The Music Hub Investment Programme, administered by Arts Council England, gave organisations the opportunity to apply to become a Hub Lead Organisation for the Music Hub programme starting in September 2024. Arts Council England announced the successful new Hub Lead Organisations today.    Congratulations to the successful new Hub Lead Organisations (HLOs) announced by Arts Council England. The 43 HLOs will strategically lead the new Music Hubs in England from the autumn working in partnership with a diverse network of music education organisations and individuals. The UK Association ..read more
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Bridget’s Blog: All Change!
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by Emma Cragg
2w ago
We can all be creatures of habit, can’t we? I have to admit that even though the Music Mark staff team have new (refurbished) laptops which are light and easy to transport I still use my iPad when I head out and about to meetings. Swapping over to use my laptop should be as easy as unplugging it as I walk out of my office, but I still pop my iPad in my bag instead. Another habit that I do need to break though is remembering that there is a larger team at Music Mark! I don’t have to be involved in everything as was the case when there were just three staff! Fortunately, the team are great at te ..read more
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HertsArts – A beacon of creativity for children in care
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by Emma Cragg
3w ago
Now entering its fourth year, HertsArts serves as a beacon of empowerment and creativity for children in care. A collaborative initiative between Herts Music Service and the Virtual School, it endeavours to provide weekly music groups, performance opportunities, and celebratory events for children looked after in Hertfordshire. Through the medium of music, HertsArts seeks to nurture not only musical skills but also confidence, relationships, communication abilities, leadership qualities, and a profound sense of self-worth among its participants. This case study delves into the impactful journe ..read more
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