The UK music education charity Orchestras for All (OFA) has offered its Modulo Programme to UK secondary state schools free of charge for the coming year.
The programme, which has been running for seven years, usually costs schools £300 per year and helps teachers to set up small ensembles and make music together. The scheme has already benefitted thousands of students, enabling them to play together online, and offers rehearsal plans, masterclasses from major orchestras, pop-up orchestra days and arrangements for students of all levels.
Nick Thorne, OFA’s Executive Director, said the decision to offer the Modulo Programme without charge was driven by the effects of the pandemic.
‘With Covid-19 having radically changed the music-making landscape, music departments across the country are currently facing huge challenges to play music safely together. We also recognise the financial constraints remain as one of the main barriers to participation in the arts,’ he said.
‘Now more than ever, Orchestras for All believes in the importance of music-making for young people, and its ability to transcend educational ability, socio-economic status and disability. By offering a free, flexible programme of specialist coaching, digital resources and performance opportunities, we invite music teachers to sign up and create a nationwide musical network that can keep music alive in our schools during this challenging times.’
Teachers and schools interested in learning more can register for a free webinar on 2 December by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information is available at: www.orchestrasforall.org/modulo.