Find out about the Music Partnership North, the services we provide and how to contact us.
What is Music Partnership North - Northumberland?
Music Partnership North - Northumberland is the Music Education
Hub in Northumberland.
Our aims are:
- To provide a wide range of high quality musical activities for
all children and young people, including those in challenging
- To support and develop progression routes for all students to
enable them to achieve their full potential
- To be a progressive music delivery provider, working with local
communities and educational establishments to support and enrich
musical opportunities for all
- To provide continuing professional development and training to
both school based and Music Partnership North staff to ensure
consistent standards of access are achieved
- To be committed to the support of musical activities in early
- To support the aims of The Importance of Music: A National Plan
for Music Education, ensuring that every child aged 5-18 years:
- has the opportunity to sing and learn a musical instrument
- has the opportunity to perform as part of an ensemble or
- has the opportunity to progress and take their talent to the
What are music hubs?
122 music hubs have been set up across England to support and
enhance high quality music education for children and young
Through a competitive bidding process to Arts Council England,
music education hubs have been allocated a music education grant to
be used to help achieve the aims of the National Plan for Music
In Northumberland, we are part of the Music Partnership North
hub. This is a partnership between:
- Northumberland County Council Music Service
- Newcastle City Council Music Service
- Sage Gateshead
- Newcastle College.
Working with these partners will enable us to provide a wider
range of high quality opportunities for our students.
There will be times when we work on activities specifically for
Northumberland. When this happens, our work will be identified as
Music Partnership North – Northumberland.
The Music Education Hubs will support and enhance music
provision in line with the aims of
The Importance of Music: A National Plan for Music Education
What does Music Partnership North do?
1. Musical activities and tuition
We provide a wide range of musical activities for children and
young people to enjoy both in and out of school. This includes
instrumental tuition in small groups and whole class situations,
music workshops and a large number of ensembles and bands in a mix
of styles and genres and for a range of ability. Over 70 tutors
work across the county with a broad experience of different styles
of music and instrumental specialisms between them.
So no matter what your ability and your tastes in music – from
traditional Northumbrian to rock and pop, we should be able to
cater for you!
2. Curriculum support
A key part of our work involves working with schools and early
years’ providers to support them as they develop, plan and deliver
the music curriculum. With the launch of The Importance of Music, a
National Plan for Music Education (NPME), schools have the
flexibility to decide what their music curriculum looks like. We
also support schools to design and develop their curriculum and
school music policy. Click here for more
3. Service Level Agreement with schools
The Service Level Agreement (SLA) outlines the range of offers
to support schools in achieving the aims of the NPME. Schools can
access the Music Education Grant through this SLA. For more
information, please contact your Designated Link Officer.
Key contacts for enquiries:
Tel: 01670 624045
Enquiries from schools - Designated Link Officers
Each school partnership has a designated link officer.
The Designated Link Officers for each partnership are as
Who’s who in MPN - Northumberland?