Charanga, the award-winning music education technology company, and Devon Music Education Hub have announced an exciting new partnership supporting classroom music teaching and instrumental learning across the county.

The jointly-funded agreement gives 300 primary and special schools access to Charanga’s Musical School programme for an initial two-year period from April. Schools, teachers, children, young people, parents and carers will also benefit from a new enhanced, locally managed, online portal with information about wider offers from the hub and its partners, and progression routes county-wide.

The move is the culmination of a three-year study of schools’ usage of Charanga’s Musical School programme in 72 Devon primary schools. The research shows that the combination of Charanga’s online teaching resource and face-to-face training has enabled many more classroom teachers in the region to become confident music teachers.

Charanga has a 15-year track record of working with music services and hubs, with over 100 using its platform. As well as being an educational platform, it supports a wide range of partnership-working models. Several hubs, including Essex, Lancashire, North Tyneside, Sunderland and Norfolk, are now working with Charanga, combining its digital provision with on-the-ground services to create positive, permanent and financially sustainable change.

“Our proactive partnership programmes endure fundamentally because Charanga brings much needed capacity,” said Mark Burke, Founder and Director of Charanga.

“Our technology and support programmes are educationally robust with measurably positive outcomes. They’re also cost-effective, especially in rural counties such as Devon. By taking a more strategic view of how we can work together with the hub, we’re excited to be able to support sustainable, high-quality music provision across the county.”

Lewis Gibbs, Head of Devon Music Education Hub, is delighted to be working with a company internationally renowned for its ‘innovative approach to the use of digital technology to support music education’.

“This investment represents a substantial additional funding commitment for Devon schools at a time when we know headteachers continue to face challenging financial decisions,” he said. “We want to support schools to offer high-quality music provision as part of a broad and balanced curriculum; something we know Ofsted has quite rightly focused on in its recent inspections.’

Schools: To renew or get a new Charanga Musical School licence – both fully subsidised for two years – click here.