Essex Music Service – part of Essex County Council – is the lead partner in Essex Music Education Hub which is supported by funding from the Department for Education which comes to us via Arts Council England.

Along with partner organisations that make up the Hub, we offer a range of musical services, projects and opportunities throughout Essex schools and within the community.

Peter Lovell

Head of Music Service

0333 013 9358

John Hutchings

Music Strategic Lead Officer

0333 032 0944

Hannah Conacher

Business Manager (Strategic Lead)

0333 013 9356

Sarah Goldsmith

Music Schools' Curriculum Officer

0333 032 1208

Beverley Heard

Music Service Ensembles Officer

0333 013 9361

Jeremy Gush

Jeremy Gush

Music Service Finance Officer

0333 013 9359

Jenni Thomson

Music Service Administration Officer

0333 013 9362

Sally Hardcastle

Music Projects Coordinator

0333 013 8953

Liz Leatherdale

Music Service Administration Assistant

0333 032 1156

Our Mission

Essex Music Education Hub aims to provide high-quality, diverse, sustainable music education opportunities for all children and young people. We strive to ensure that opportunities are available regardless of a child/young person’s background or circumstances and that those reaping the benefits represent the varied demographic of the county we serve. Our services will be broad, inclusive and enjoyable yet challenging. A music education should foster lifelong skills and a passion for music within children and young people, as well as helping to raise ambitions and standards in other educational areas and develop expressive and inter-personal skills.

We believe that a broad, diverse and innovative musical offer gives children and young people the greatest opportunity to find a pathway through music education which is right for them. We maintain that a connected music education offering is crucial to support progression routes and strong outcomes and therefore we deliver or support a range of high-quality music education offerings. We want to create an interface between so-called formal, non-formal, and informal approaches to learning. We passionately believe in our ability to create dialogue, interactions and activity between classroom/curriculum music educations; digital learning, instrumental or vocal tuition; community music activity and more. Our responsibility is not just to deliver work, but also to connect the music education and cultural landscape across Essex and beyond, and that’s why partnership working is so crucial.

We will continue to engage increasing numbers of LA schools, academies, Free Schools, parents and children and young people in dynamic and positive ways.

The Hub will continue to focus its work on the delivery of the Core and Extension objectives which were originally identified in the Importance of Music: A National Plan for Music Education:

Core roles

  1. Ensure that every child aged 5-18 has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument (other than voice) through whole-class ensemble teaching programmes for ideally a year (but for a minimum of a term) of weekly tuition on the same instrument.
  2. Provide opportunities to play in ensembles and to perform from an early stage.
  3. Ensure that clear progression routes are available and affordable to all young people.
  4. Develop a singing strategy to ensure that every pupil sings regularly and that choirs and other vocal ensembles are available in the area.

Extension roles

  1. Offer CPD to school staff, particularly in supporting schools to deliver music in the curriculum.
  2. Provide an instrument loan service, with discounts or free provision for those on low incomes.
  3. Provide access to large scale and / or high quality music experiences for pupils, working with professional musicians and / or venues. This may include undertaking work to publicise the opportunities available to schools, parents/carers and students.