Cornwall Music Service Trust
Music Cornwall is currently the backbone of music education in Cornwall, providing the vast majority of instrumental and vocal tuition to children and young people in the county. As part of its cost-cutting, Cornwall Council has announced that all the peripatetic music teachers employed by Music Cornwall are being made redundant at the end of December 2014.
The founders of the CMST strongly believe that a new, independent music service can build on the good work and reputation of Music Cornwall to create an organisation providing first class music provision to children and young people in Cornwall. The Cornwall Music Service Trust is therefore being established to provide and promote high quality innovative music education that is affordable for all young people in Cornwall. The setting up of CMST will safeguard the continuance of music education in Cornwall through its offering of inspirational curriculum, vocal and instrumental music making.
CMST will employ highly skilled, qualified and committed professionals, who will receive regular training and continuing professional development, who will have undergone safeguarding checks and who will have public liability insurance.
Children and young people gain great pleasure not only from playing an instrument/singing individually, but when making music with others. This requires a comprehensive programme of choirs, ensembles and orchestras to continue, which is more likely if the teachers involved in running these groups work together and are supported.
There are many arguments in favour of keeping a critical mass of Cornwall’s music teachers working together. Music teachers working for CMST will support and encourage each other, share ideas, develop good practice, work together to provide new innovative activities and offer structured development programmes for talented musicians.
As a charity, CMST will also aim to provide inclusive music provision – for children whose parents/carers cannot afford the fees and for children and young people living in isolated, rural areas.