Our music stars of the future could be sitting in our classrooms right now – and the Council is doing all it can to nurture those talents.

The next generation of Stereophonics, Sophie Evans, Stuart Burrows Amy Wadge and Sir Geraint Evans, all from Rhondda Cynon Taf, are currently enjoying their school life, settling in to the new Academic Year.

Meanwhile, the Council’s Music Service has never been busier, with staff delivering enough musical instruments to primary and secondary schools to form the biggest band in Rhondda Cynon Taf!

In just a three-day period, Music Service staff have visited schools across the County Borough delivering

  • 420 Recorders
  • 60 Samba Instruments
  • 60 Ukuleles
  • 30 African Drums
  • 28 Violins
  • 20 Cornets
  • 10 Trombones
  • 5 Keyboards
  • 4 Violas
  • 4 Cellos
  • 2 Double Basses
  • 1 Full Drum Kit! 

Councillor Joy Rosser, Cabinet Member for Education and Inclusion Services, said: “I am delighted to see the Council’s Music Service proving to be so popular in our schools. We have some of the finest school facilities in Wales through our 21st Century School Programme.

“This is reaping the rewards as our students achieve so much within the school environment. Our Music Service is enhancing the musical experiences available to pupils through instrumental and vocal tuition.

“Many of these students could eventually pursue a professional career in the music industry, due to the foundations that are being laid down and taught to them in the classroom.”

The Council’s Music Service provides a wide range of musical opportunities to young people across the County Borough. School-based opportunities include instrument and vocal tuition, which can be delivered individually or in groups of up to 30 students.

Through curriculum lessons, qualified teachers also deliver the music curriculum in a traditional classroom setting. Instrument hire is also available to all students in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The Council’s Music Service also provides support for school groups and ensembles such as choirs and orchestras, as well as providing additional opportunities for students, such as weekly after-school clubs, workshops and trips to concerts.

The aim of the service is to raise the musical attainment of pupils, support pupils in acquiring skills which will allow them to enjoy and become actively involved in a wide range of musical experiences and contributing to the musical life of the school or community.

It also promotes pupil's understanding of music in everyday life and enables them to realise their musical potential through the playing of a musical instrument or singing.

Finally, it encourages self-confidence and develops a sense of personal achievement and self-expression in pupils.

Posted on Friday 4th October 2019

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