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About the Music Service

Slough Music Service is the local authority music service for Slough, based at Beechwood, a community school, conference and research centre and sports facility in the north-west of the borough.

We are funded by central government and supported by Beechwood School and Slough Borough Council to provide enhanced musical experiences for children and young people in Slough.

We aim to offer tailored services to meet the needs of each young musician, school and teacher in Slough, in line with the priorities of the local authority and central government. We achieve this by working closely with schools to deliver an integrated programme of vocal and instrumental tuition, a range of supporting workshops and events and training for teachers and other adults and young people.

Some of this work is delivered directly by music service staff, whilst we place significant importance on enabling school-based staff and young music leaders to deliver music at a level appropriate to their skills. We also work with local and national partners to offer a broad range of opportunities for all.

We are supported by Beechwood Community School in our strategic planning and day to day business activity. We also benefit from the advice of the music service steering group comprising music leaders and head teachers from primary and secondary schools in Slough as well as representatives from our arts partners in the area.

Our key aims are:

  • To provide creative, inspiring, life-long musical experiences for all in our community
  • To develop and support exceptional music leaders for teaching and learning in the 21st century
  • To meet and value the needs and aspirations of every young musician in Slough
  • To enable and encourage every family in Slough to be a musical family
  • Our ethos is underpinned by the principals and values of Creativity, Sustainability, Diversity and Individuality

Slough has an exciting, vibrant and diverse community. Creativity leads our ethos, keeping us at the leading edge of music development locally and nationally.

In response to the governments restructuring of music education in 2012, Slough Music Service is the lead organisation of the Slough Music Education Hub. This network brings together organisations and individuals who deliver music services to children and young people with those who use our services, from schools, teachers and students and those in our community who benefit from the power of music. For more information about the hub, please go to the dedicated hub pages.

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