We are delighted to announce that Wolverhampton Music Service has been succesful in its proposal to secure funding from, and work in partnership with the ABRSM in this exciting new programme.
The Music service has an excellent network of 14 ensembles, all free of charge to children in the city of Wolverhampton funded 100% through the Music Education Hub grant. The ensembles are generally very healthy in numbers and standard, however to maintain this in our most senior ensembles and avoid the loss of ensembles (which we have seen in other music services) we know that, as well as our existing individual scholarship scheme, there is an urgent need to pilot a fast track teaching model.
Elevate Wolverhampton will address this by creating 4 groups of intermediate musicians (Grade 4-5) Elevate Upper Strings, Elevate Lower Strings, Elevate Brass and Elevate Woodwind. These groups will have an additional 1 hour group lesson each week (as well as their existing instrumental lesson) tickets to concerts (in partnership with the CBSO and Newhampton Arts Centre) access to accompanists in the group lessons, subsidised ABRSM Grade 6 exams and 3 Pitch Pace Perform sessions with the Stringcredibles
As well as group performances and exam preparation there will be a specially curated solo recital event. Students will have access to Music Service Ipads to record practice/performances/video logs and disseminate good practice. Videos will be uploaded to a new Music ServiceYoutube channel Students will be fast-tracked into our most senior music groups which will restore numbers and provide an ongoing supply of future players in subsequent years.
We are extremely pleased,grateful and very excited for our proposal to be chosen for funding and partnership by the ABRSM, and are lookin forward to delivering this programme, We also note there is the scope to broaden the offer to neighbouring black country hubs in the future.