A couple of years ago, the pianist & TV Presenter James Rhodes started a campaign to get more musical instruments into schools. The series entitled ‘Don’t stop the music’ was broadcast on Channel 4 a couple of years ago and tackled what was described as ‘The Shocking state of music in schools’.
The National Music Plan
Back in 2011 there was a ‘National Music Plan’. This was basically where the government took money away from Music in Schools and created a series of national hubs. According to Michael Gove who it seems was involved in this project, the main purpose was to give every child, regardless of where they live or how well off they are, the chance to learn to play a musical instrument. These ew music hubs are groups made up of local music services, voluntary groups and private firms, which work to deliver music education opportunities for children and young people.
A few years on, it turns out that this system has not worked either. Mostly because there is a total lack of consistency with the whole approach. This was confirmed by an Ofsted report published in 2013 which stated that the new £171m Music Hubs had made little or no discernible difference.
In recent times there has also been a government initiative called ‘In Harmony’ which aims to promote music in schools and pilot projects were run in London, Norwich and Liverpool. How successful this will be remains to be seen although if nothing else, In Harmony shows, it’s living proof that every child can make music, through singing as well as half-size violins, violas, cellos and double basses.
At Recordings 4 Schools, we don’t pretend to have all the answers. In fact we cannot really help at all with government policy on improving music in schools. However, we can play a very small role in improving some aspects of music in schools. Obviously making a recording relies on there being some music going on in your school. Whilst we appreciate that funding for instruments is still tricky in some places the one instrument which remains freely available to every pupil is the human voice.
Record a FREE CD in your Primary School
For the last 12 years we have been recording CD’s in Primary Schools. Our mobile recording rig is set up to record anything at all but predominantly we record singing. You don’t need to have a choir, we firmly believe that everyone can sing. Most of our Primary School CD’s include a couple of song’s by each year group, a song sung by the whole school and maybe something from a Choir if you have one. The Staff song always proves popular too.
And it’s easier than you might think. There is a wealth of music available online and you can download backing tracks very cheaply nowadays. All it needs is a little bit of class time set aside to learn a song and hey presto you can record your very own CD.
Knowing that School music budgets are limited, our Recording sessions are completely free. All you pay for are the CD’s ordered. With Discs costing as little as £4 each all inclusive then even selling them for £6 or £8 to parents your school can make a tidy little profit.
Find out more
If you would like to book a Free Recording Session at your Primary School then give us a call on 01225 302143. Alternatively Click here to email us your preferred dates and we will be in touch.