Governance and network groups

Suffolk Music Education Hub is a partnership of key organisations.

In addition to schools, academies and the Local Authority (LA), the partnership comprises a varied range of organisations and music providers. National and regional partners include:

Suffolk County Music Service

Suffolk Music Education Hub is led by Suffolk County Music Service (SCMS), a free-standing traded service within the Health, Wellbeing and Children's Services Directorate of Suffolk County Council. It is a ‘one-stop’ music shop that supplies:

  • a programme of specialist music support and consultancy (Curriculum Advice and Guidance, Information Services, Management Services, and Performing Programmes);
  • weekly instrumental and vocal tuition including KS2 Whole Class Ensemble Teaching (WCET) projects and programmes;
  • an extensive programme of progressive extra-curricular activities for young musicians known as Suffolk Youth Music.

SCMS seeks to enable schools to plan, provide and deliver a comprehensive music curriculum for all pupils including, where appropriate, specialist instrumental tuition.

SCMS is governed and supported by the LA and is highly regarded by the LA, schools, academies, parents, pupils and the wider musical community. The recent review highlighted that SCMS was well equipped to deliver all Core and Extension Roles expected of the new Music Education Hub. In 2009 SCMS was judged as ‘Outstanding’ in the independent Moderated Self Evaluation Programme.

Snape Maltings

As an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation and a Key (Lead) Partner in the Suffolk Music Education Hub, Learning & Inclusion sits at the heart of Snape Maltings, running a year-round award-winning programme that provides:

  • high quality music projects in schools with professional artists throughout Suffolk, with opportunities to connect with schools outside of the region;
  • the annual Celebration of Schools’ Music festival now celebrating the 29th anniversary of its founding in 1988;
  • a large-scale vocal music programme that engages a diverse range of young people, including NEET, SEN and youth offending, working in both Lowestoft and Ipswich;
  • the national singing project, Friday Afternoons, launched during the 2013 Britten Centenary, which has developed into an annual commissioning of a new set of songs and resources;
  • vocal activity for people of all ages, with progression routes (e.g., Group A for 14-18 year olds, Aldeburgh’s Big Shout for all ages and Aldeburgh Voices for 18+);
  • school visits in a professional international venue, interacting with professional artists and resources;
  • year-round programmes for young people with multiple complex needs including CPD for artists and teachers;
  • Aldeburgh Young Musicians (AYM) – part of a national network of Centres for Advanced Training (CAT) designed to realise the artistic potential of exceptionally talented young musicians (8–18 years) across a wide range of music focusing on the Eastern Region and providing performance opportunities;
  • access to master-classes and performances given by emerging and professional artists;
  • use of Concert Hall for performances by county ensembles such as Suffolk Youth Orchestra;
  • a team of Education staff with wide ranging appropriate, varied, professional backgrounds in the world of arts education, music and performance.


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