Berkshire Music Hub provides innovative musical support to primary schools in Berkshire
9 March 2017
Berkshire Music Education Hub, led by music education charity Berkshire Maestros, has teamed up with Brighton based digital music education specialists, Charanga, to provide every primary school in Berkshire Music Education Hub area with their award winning software, Musical School, free of charge.
Charanga’s Musical School brings together great music, modern pedagogy and the latest educational technology to support all aspects of music in schools. It includes a complete scheme of work, a comprehensive library of resources, a substantial song centre, topic related learning, instrumental courses as well as their innovative Music World: a safe online space for children to continue their music making outside of the classroom.
Musical School will benefit primary school children by enabling them to more effectively engage in learning about music by making it fun and interesting.
Steve Christmas, Director of Strategic Hub Development at Berkshire Maestros, said: “In the current climate of funding challenges for schools, this is a positive step by the Hub to help support and enhance music education in primary schools throughout Berkshire and, using government grants, will benefit the pupils directly. It is well evidenced that music has a very positive impact on the development and academic progress of the whole child but many schools have limited or scarce resources to really embrace music completely. This is where the Hub can help and why this partnership with Charanga has been created.”
Alongside providing Musical School, there will be a comprehensive training programme to support teachers with using the technology as well as creating a network of support through ‘Charanga Champions.’
Musical School will be launched in Berkshire at a special event held at the Odeon cinema in Bracknell on Wednesday 22 March 2017. Schools who attend will be able to sign up for their free license after the event. Schools can register their attendance at the launch by visiting www.berkshiremaestros.org.uk/charangalaunch.