Musical Inclusion Statement

This statement outlines our core values for musical inclusion throughout the tri-hub region.

We aspire to ensure that children and young people throughout Cambridgeshire/Norfolk/Peterborough can enjoy, participate, learn and progress musically throughout their school life and beyond, in parallel with gaining valuable life skills and experience whilst engaging in a musical project.

Musical inclusion occurs by identifying and removing barriers to ensure that all children enjoy full participation in a music education. This also requires adapting to the individual abilities, needs and interests of each participant, together with differentiating objectives and outcomes appropriately.

‘Musical Inclusion is about removing barriers to ensure all children enjoy full participation in a music education which supports the development and achievement of each young person based on their individual abilities, needs and interests’. – Dr. Phil Mullen

Statement/Declaration of values
As a Music Education Hub, we have created an inclusive framework derived from our inclusive values, where all core and extension roles will be approached through the lens of inclusive practice and outcomes, HEARD. This model encompasses our core principles and approach to musical inclusion, which will instate that we provide for all abilities, offering a wide range of experiences through their music education, with opportunities to try out instrument tuition, singing, production, creative opportunities and listening across a wide range of genres.

H - Holistic - placing emphasis on personal, social and musical outcomes
E - Equitable - people facing the biggest barriers receive the support to enable their equity with others
A - Authentic - developed with and informed by the people we do it for
R - Representative - the people we work with as participants/colleagues reflect our local society
D - Diverse - all musical genres, styles, practices are valued equally

These sessions will be accessible and representative of everyone in our communities, with particular focus on the Equality Act protected characteristics and social deprivation.

It is our duty to differentiate in accordance with the Physical and social, emotional and mental health needs of all participates. This will enable participants to develop musically in their own way, and for their personalised achievements to be acknowledged and celebrated.

Overall, it is our responsibility as a music education hub to create accessible opportunities for all young people in our communities, stimulating creative thinking by music making, that truly represents the inclusivity of the music hub. With the HEARD model in mind, we ensure that access to most, if not all activity is offered and accessible to all, with the required support to make it so, ensuring that enrichment opportunities or explorations of different genres, particularly cultural music traditions, are context driven and not just “experiences”. We will uphold the development of a broad musical offer both inside and outside of formal education, advocating and encourage playing music together, accommodating all instruments, styles and levels.

The development of our teaching expertise and resources through CPD, will aid the installation, and champion the musical inclusion strategy across the county, simultaneously helping settings to achieve the delivery of language and skills in music curriculum that pupils deserve to discover, enabling access to a wider variety of diverse music, with supporting resources for students and settings.