Changing Tracks

We help music services to be more inclusive by providing a peer network, funding for action research, support and challenge, advice and resources.

We're a programme run by Hertfordshire Music Service and funded by Youth Music as part of #AMIE Changing Tracks is a programme of support and learning for and with music services wanting to improve equality, diversity and inclusion. It is run by Hertfordshire Music Service and funded by Youth Music. It was previously called MusicNet East. We help music services to be more inclusive by providing a

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10/03/2023

A more diverse workforce will help your music service to offer a wider range of support and services, attract a greater range of young people, and bring new, fresh, perspectives and worldviews to your organisation. We have resources to help you: https://changingtracks.org.uk/inclusive-recruitment/

03/03/2023

As we come to the end of the Changing Tracks programme in April, we thought it was time to share some of the feedback we’ve had from our partners, about what they’ve valued and what they need next. If you’ve benefited from Changing Tracks, we’d love to hear your views too...

Here are some responses to being asked about the impact of Changing Tracks:

"Feeling supported and encouraged to explore new ways of working and developing new work has given us the space to try, reflect and try more"

"Having examples, ideas, and models from across colleagues which have provided evidence I can use in internal and external meetings to better advocate for inclusion"

"Getting involved with Changing Tracks has allowed us to engage with EDI, through a practically focused lens, on a national scale. This has improved the quality of our work locally"

"Involvement with Changing Tracks has also allowed our small team to tackle inclusion in a much more holistic way. It is essential to give this work context outside of our own"

02/03/2023

📢 We have video resources on our YouTube channel, from a songwriting CPD with practical ideas and guidance, an insightful conversation on reflective practice and a video on using the Youth Music toolkit for embedding EDI in your music service. Watch all here: bit.ly/CTracksYT

24/02/2023

Are you interested in joining a Task & Finish group to begin discussing what kind of alternative music A-level would best show the full value of music? Starting Weds 1 March. Contact us today if this appeals to you! https://changingtracks.org.uk/contact/

Inclusive quality systems & policies - Changing Tracks 17/02/2023

How do you measure quality in your music service delivery? If you have an inclusive approach that embraces personal and social as well as musical outcomes, let us know in the comments. We’ll be co-creating resources later in the year:

Inclusive quality systems & policies - Changing Tracks Inclusive quality systems & policies Jun 01 Hertfordshire Music Service Tuition Report Form & Guidance All videos Dec 02 [VIDEO] NMPAT’s experience of using the Youth Music EDI tools Oct 14 [VIDEO] How can music services ensure that music and inclusion are central in school planning? Oct 08 [VIDEO...

15/02/2023

Do you work for a music service? Are you looking for ideas and support to help you reach more, and a wider range of children and young people? Take a look at our resources, the result of work with more than 15 music services: https://changingtracks.org.uk/advice-resources/

13/02/2023

Are you a music service leader or manager, considering your next steps towards inclusion? We’ve created a set of resources and information that will help you to take practical, manageable, steps towards change: https://bit.ly/CTEDIActionPlanning

13/02/2023

We're looking for people interested in joining our next Task & Finish group to begin discussing what kind of alternative music A-level would best show the full value of music. Starting Weds 1 March. Contact us asap if this appeals to you! https://changingtracks.org.uk/contact/

10/02/2023

Have you found any resources that have helped your music service in its drive towards inclusion? Let us know in the comments and we’ll share them. In the meantime, check out ours, that help with practical, manageable, steps towards change: https://bit.ly/CTEDIActionPlanning

03/02/2023

Did you get a chance to read our blog on communications and ED&I strategy and how comms can help music education hubs achieve their ED&I goals? Have a read here: https://bit.ly/CTcommsedi

27/01/2023

🗞️Have you read Changing Tracks' article in Arts Professional
exploring the mutual benefits of local authorities and music services working together? You can take a look here: https://bit.ly/CTArtsPro & let us know your thoughts!

25/01/2023

Have you worked with your local authority to link with inclusion and wellbeing/preventative health agendas? Michael Davidson, Changing Tracks lead, explores the mutual benefits of local authorities and music services working together: https://bit.ly/CTArtsPro Arts Professional

13/01/2023

Changing Tracks has been exploring how music services can find wider values for instrumental music teaching. This session from 2014 became a catalyst for development in Hertfordshire, which you can read about in our new blog: https://bit.ly/CTobsframework Music Mark Youth Music

10/01/2023

📢 Are you interested in joining our Task + Finish group starting 18 Jan online to begin to discuss creating an observation framework for inclusive instrumental teaching? Contact us by Thurs 12 Jan if this appeals to you: https://changingtracks.org.uk/contact/(for music services only)

09/01/2023

👋 Are you interested in joining our first Task + Finish group of 2023? Starting 18 Jan - to begin to discuss creating an observation framework for inclusive instrumental teaching. Contact us by Thurs 12 Jan if this appeals to you: https://changingtracks.org.uk/contact/ (for music services)

04/01/2023

🥳 Happy New Year! We've just published a new blog on 'Six ways communications can help music education hubs achieve their ED&I goals', by Anita Holford. Have a read here: https://bit.ly/CTcommsedi

12/12/2022

"Music was my go-to place when my anxiety crept up” Have a read of our quote highlights from Changing Track's session on changing how and why instrumental music teachers are valued by schools, at the Derby conference: https://bit.ly/derbyconfblogCT

08/12/2022

As part of the Music Mark Derby conference, the Changing Tracks team ran an interactive session focusing on instrumental music teaching. We've published a new blog of photos and quote highlights from the session! https://bit.ly/derbyconfblogCT

06/12/2022

"By demonstrating the value of music for social inclusion, nurture group development has helped services to raise significant match-funding from local authority teams" - Dr Michael Davidson on effective ED&I action planning for music services: https://bit.ly/CTMMconf

05/12/2022

📢 Have you read our latest blog on 'effective ED&I action planning for music services: Changing Track’s provocation at the Music Mark conference'? Written by Changing Tracks programme leader Dr Michael Davidson https://bit.ly/CTMMconf

02/12/2022

We've published a new blog by programme leader Dr Michael Davidson on 'effective ED&I action planning for music services: Changing Track’s provocation at the Music Mark conference, Newcastle' which you can read here: https://bit.ly/CTMMconf

28/11/2022

We are asking how we can develop more inclusive progression pathways as one of our 5 themes for this year. What are your thoughts on theme 5? Let us know. Blog link: http://bit.ly/CT5themes

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Our Story

MusicNet East - Changing Tunes is a programme of support and learning for music services wanting to improve equality, diversity and inclusion. It is run by Hertfordshire Music Service and funded by Youth Music.

We help music services to be more inclusive by providing a peer network, funding for action research, support and challenge, advice and resources.

We use research as a catalyst for development – meaning we fund music services to test approaches to inclusion, to learn from their successes and their challenges, and to share their learning with other music services.

We’re part of Hertfordshire Music Service, and one of the founders of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England – a growing network of organisations working together to:

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📢 We have video resources on our YouTube channel, from a songwriting CPD with practical ideas and guidance, an insightfu...
"Inclusion really needs to be embedded across the entire structure of a music service" - watch this video interview with...
"Inclusion really needs to be embedded across the entire structure of a music service" - watch this video interview with...
We've just published a video interview with music tutor Mark Jones from @ResonateHub about how instrumental music teache...
#ThrowbackThursday How does reflective practice benefit music tutors, organisations and young people? Three music tutors...
Here's a taster of what our annual review and learning includes, published at the end of 2021. You can download it now o...
Have you downloaded our annual review and learning on our website yet? https://bit.ly/ctannualrev This short video gives...
Are you focusing on embedding inclusion in the strategy and delivery of your music service this year? Why not download o...
Changing Tracks' Annual review and learning out now!
Changing Tracks' Annual review and learning out now!
If you missed our film 'Tools for change - how to embed ED&I in music services using the Youth Music toolkit' at the Mus...
If you missed our film 'Tools for change - how to embed ED&I in music services using the Youth Music toolkit' at the Mus...

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