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Music for education & wellbeing podcast – with Helen Brookes, Services for Education Music Service, Birmingham – Music Education Works

By Dr. J. Pisano , in Music Education Research , at May 20, 2021 Tags:


Music for Education & Wellbeing podcast

In this new podcast, Anita Holford, co-editor of Music Education Works, is talking with Helen Brookes, Head of Whole Class Instrumental Teaching for Services for Education Music Service, Birmingham which leads the music education hub for the city. It’s part of the Services for Education charity, which provides a range of services to schools from school-centred initial teacher training to school improvement consultancy.

We talk about:

  • how Helen’s musical journey has come full circle, beginning with the Birmingham Music Service
  • the difference that being part of a charity makes to their approach to music education
  • the service’s progression model for whole class music tuition in school – an initial subsidised year, followed by ongoing ‘medium group’ lessons that pupils opt-in to, with financial support from schools and/or parents
  • taking whole class music tuition online
  • how they bring inclusion into whole class work, in SEN/D and mainstream schools
  • how they manage the balance between partnering with, and marketing/selling to schools

You can access the podcast via a blog on our main website –

PODCAST [27] Progressive, inclusive whole class instrumental teaching with Helen Brookes, Services for Education Music Service, Birmingham

or on iTunes or Spotify (search for Music for Education & Wellbeing).



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