of music education 1947-2022
AS THE LEADING PROVIDER OF MUSIC EDUCATION IN STAFFORDSHIRE, THE MUSIC SERVICE WAS IMMENSELY EXCITED AND PROUD TO CELEBRATE ITS 75TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2022.
For over seventy-five years, the service has inspired thousands of children through teaching, concerts, and festivals, providing opportunities for them to develop as young musicians.
The first Music Service Leader was Maude Smith, who was appointed as County Music Organiser on a salary of £500 per annum in 1947! Her duties included coordinating concerts and festivals, running summer courses for teachers, recruiting instrumental teachers and taking pupils on overseas tours.
The subsequent Heads of Service – John Taylor, Stuart Johnson and Nigel Taylor continued to develop new ways of working with schools within the county in response to the challenges posed by changes in educational thinking and the political landscape.
Today, with John Callister as Head of Service, the offer covers support and training for schools, networking opportunities, Whole-Class Ensemble Teaching, an annual Young Musician Competition, Music Centre Ensembles and Curriculum Support teaching alongside concerts, festivals and instrumental and vocal teaching.
The service has been known as ‘Staffordshire Music Service’, ‘Staffordshire Performing Arts’, ‘Encore’, ‘Entrust Music and Performing Arts Service’ and, currently, ‘Entrust Music Service Staffordshire’. Whilst the names and logos may have changed the core values have not. The service remains dedicated to providing inspirational teaching and guidance for Staffordshire’s future young musicians and school music leaders.