Conwy Music Service Consultation

Introduction

The Conwy Music Service is changing. We want to hear your views. We want to provide a service that is relevant and useful to the children and young people in our schools today and in the future.

The budget that has supported our county groups and activities will not be available in the new academic year. Consequently we need to review what services we provide, embark on fundraising and change our way of operating so that we can continue to provide music making opportunities for young musicians.

Specialist weekly tuition in schools together with school bands, ensembles and choirs has not yet been affected, but clearly we are operating in a challenging and rapidly changing funding environment.

We are consulting with Governors, Headteachers, Heads of Music / Music Coordinators and other School Staff, Parents and Carers, Children and Young People and researching other service arrangements in Wales & beyond.
We are being supported in the consultation and options analysis by independent consultants. Please help us to provide the services that Conwy needs by filling in the attached questionnaire.

Service Description

The Music Service’s aim is to complement, support and extend the music education offered by schools. We do this through specialist weekly provision: widening access to music making experiences, enhancing knowledge and skills for presentation in concerts and performing music

Music Tuition

More than 2,300 pupils in 52 schools learn brass, woodwind, harp, guitar, strings, percussion, singing, piano & keyboard on a weekly basis. Instruments are loaned free of charge as required.

In order to support opportunities for county music making and providing pathways to excellence the service must seek new funding and transition to a new way of operating sustainably in the future.

County Groups and Activities

Pupils currently have access to: Junior Orchestras and Junior Guitar Groups.

As they progress, they have access to: Youth Orchestra, Big Band, String Group, Woodwind Ensemble & Senior Guitar Group as appropriate. All county groups perform in Christmas and Easter concerts.

Regional & National Provision

As pupils progress to higher levels, they can audition for the regional ensembles: String Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Orchestra & the North Wales Youth Orchestra.

Through the regional ensembles young musicians reach the National Youth Music Ensembles of Wales: Orchestra, Brass Band, Symphonic Wind Orchestra, Choir and Jazz Band.

Special Provision

Special events such as the Staff Ensemble Primary School Summer Tour and Gig Nights are also affected by the change.

Consultation

Thank you in advance for taking the time to read & respond to this questionnaire.

We’d like it before 30th June 2018 please.
   
  How would you describe yourself? Tick all that apply

Section 1: Benefits

  Here are some potential benefits of membership in County Groups and Regional Ensembles. Please tell us whether they are delivering these benefits to children and young people:
  Not at all   Slightly   Somewhat   Quite a bit   Very much  
  Brings happiness and fun          

  Teaches teamwork          

  Teaches discipline          

  Gives opportunities to socialise          

  Increases self-esteem and self-confidence          

  Improves cognitive/academic skills          

  Contributes to mental health          

  Motivates pupils in their study of music          

  Prepares pupils for a career in music          
 
 
  Here are some potential benefits of specialist weekly tuition in music. Please tell us whether it is delivering these benefits to children and young people:
  Not at all   Slightly   Somewhat   Quite a bit   Very much  
  Brings happiness and fun          

  Teaches teamwork          

  Teaches discipline          

  Gives opportunities to socialise          

  Increases self-esteem and self-confidence          

  Improves cognitive skills          

  Improves academic achievement          

  Contributes to mental health          

  Motivates pupils in their study of music          

  Prepares pupils for a career in music          
 

Section 2: Prioritising activities

There may be less funding available to the Music Service and there is a need to prioritise activities.
  How important are these ensembles and activities? Please rank them, 1 being the most important and 12 being the least important.
  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12  
  Music Centres - Junior Orchestra                        

  Music Centres - Junior Guitar Ensemble                        

  Music Centres - Senior Guitar Ensemble                        

  Music Centres - Conwy Youth Orchestra                        

  Specialist Ensembles - Big Band                        

  Specialist Ensembles - Strings Orchestra                        

  Specialist Ensembles - Woodwind Ensemble                        

  Regional provision - String Orchestra                        

  Regional provision - Symphonic Wind Orchestra                        

  Regional provision - North Wales Youth Orchestra                        

  Other provision - Gig Nights                        

  Other provision - Staff Ensemble                        
 

Section 3: Alternative providers

 
 

Section 4: Your involvement

The Music Service will need to find alternative sources of finance and resources to operate.
  What are you willing to do to help? Please choose all of the ways you can help.
 

Section 5: Pricing

Please let us know what you consider the appropriate level for children, parents or carers to pay per term:
County groups [per term]
   
   
   
   
Instrument hire [per term]
   
   
   
   
Specialist weekly tuition [per term]
   
   
   
   
 

Section 6: Options

  What do you think of the following suggestions? Please rate each on a scale of 1 to 5:
1 meaning ‘not a good idea at all’ and 5 meaning ‘an excellent idea.’
  1   2   3   4   5  
  Establish a separate body to manage all the activities of the Conwy Music School.          

  Establish a separate body to manage the county groups and activities.          

  Hold Music Centres later in the evening to enable parents to transport members.          

  Hold the current Aberconwy and Penrhyn Bay Music Centres on the same evening to reduce bus transport costs.          

  Amalgamate the current Aberconwy and Llanrwst Junior Orchestras and have one county Junior Orchestra.          

  End all bus transport to Music Centres.          

  Invite parents who play and other adult musicians to form community ensembles / orchestras.          

Section 7: Further suggestions

 
 
 
The Music Service will need to respond to the needs of the children and young people attending schools in Conwy. If you would like to be kept up to date with what is happening with Conwy Music Service and are interested in helping further, please give us your contact details.

If you do, we will use your contact details to send you communications, conduct further research and raise funding and other support (see privacy policy on the Council website: http://www.conwy.gov.uk/en/Council/Access-to-Information/Data-Protection.aspx for further details regarding the use of your contact details).
   
   
   
Thank you for completing this questionnaire
 
   
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