The EA Music Service has been in existence for over 50 years and has extensive experience in delivering inclusive music education across Northern Ireland. 

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Its current strategic goals are

  • provide access and inclusion for every child to the world of music making;
  • provide relevant, effective, and accessible progression routes for children and young people into the world of music and the creative industries;
  • expand current Music Service provision catering for the musical needs of ALL pupils

The Education Authority replaced five Education and Library Boards (ELB) on 1 April 2015.

Each ELB was an autonomous entity with a Music Service that provided instrumental tuition for children and young people.  Following a selection process, pupils were taught in small groups or on a one-to-one basis by a team of locally based instrumental tutors.  Those that reached an appropriate level of skill were invited to join the particular Music Service‚Äôs performance ensembles.  Activity was co-ordinated by a Senior Tutor/Manager, reporting to a Head of Service.  Within this broad framework, however, practices and structures differed from board to board.

The Music Service has undertaken a review which, at the time of writing, is awaiting internal approval delayed by the Covid-19 crisis.  This is the first step in the remodelling of the Music Service.  The aim is to:

  • continue to provide excellence in terms of teaching and learning
  • offer a greater breadth of musical choice to learners at all stages of development, appropriate to local needs
  • promote life-long learning
  • build on its long-established cross-community dimension of music education to provide unique and meaningful opportunities to all those from diverse backgrounds and cultural traditions.
  • work in partnership with others to deliver and expand provision
  • provide sustainable, clear pathways to deliver maximum positive impact on the lives of children, young people, adults, and the wider community
  • plant the seeds of new artistic, cultural, and economic growth.

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