Listening in the sunshine.

I’m sure we all have our favourite summer music that we just have to listen to when the weather is good. For me it just has to be the album ‘Rumours’ by Fleetwood Mac as it has been with me since my teenage years and will always remind me of long summer days, it just has that feel.

What is your favourite summer album or track?

Th Ebacc Debate

Declining numbers of students are taking the arts at GCSE. This week, after an online petition achieved over 100,000 signatures the issue was debated in parliament. Read about the debate here

Jazz for cows!

If only I’d known this when I was growing up I would have started playing jazz earlier. I assume jersey cows enjoy jazz though they might prefer big band swing!

 

Community Music Survey

We regard this as a very important piece of work to assess the musical needs of the Weymouth and Portland community. As a result of this survey we will target work where a need is demonstrated and try to offer what the community have requested.

Please fill in the survey here

The survey will keep being posted across the summer and new music strands for development will begin in September to coincide with the start of the new educational year.

Many thanks for taking the time to help us.

Please fill in our music survey.

Portland Rocks would like to offer music tuition on a range of instruments across the Weymouth and Portland area at affordable prices to both adults and children. In addition we would like to offer opportunities for group music making. The lessons/activities would take place outside school hours, late afternoon, early evening at a venue or venues to be decided.

In order for us to assess the likely demand please take time to fill in our survey (takes just a few minutes). We would like to collect some basic information such as which instrument you would like to play, what you think is a reasonable cost and anything in particular you feel we should offer that is not offered locally. We also offer you the chance to leave contact details so we can keep you up to date with developments.

The survey can be found here. Thank you for your time.

 

Still here!

Though we have been quiet for a while things are still happening including the download label which is now up and running.

There will be an announcement regarding future developments soon.

Include expressive arts subjects in the Ebacc

The English Baccalaureate, or Ebacc, is a standard which maintains that English, maths, science, a language and a humanity define a good education. The exclusion of art, music, drama and other expressive subjects is limiting, short sighted and cruel. Creativity must be at the heart of our schools.

Please sign  the petition here

Portland Rocks On! The YouTube channel

The download label now has a YouTube channel where we will be adding our music. Hopefully in the future we will get funding for a project to create videos for our releases.

In the meantime please subscribe to our channel here

What David Cameron says!

The Prime Minster David Cameron made a speech on 11 January which linked the need to ensure children have access to arts and culture with improved life chances, talking about the ‘opportunity of culture’.

‘Britain is blessed with some of the most awe-inspiring cultural treasures on the planet. Our museums, theatres and galleries, our exhibitions, artists and musicians, they are truly the jewel in our country’s crown. And culture should never be a privilege; it is a birth right that belongs to us all.’

David Cameron Life Chances speech

However:

While recognising the importance of access to arts and culture to improve children’s life chances, the Prime Minster appeared to be unaware of the inherent contradiction in of promoting the English Baccalaureate as a measure for improving ‘innovation, creativity, problem solving’.

The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is actually driving the arts out of schools. Since 2010 there has been a fall of 14% in the take up of Arts GCSEs and we know from Ipsos Mori research when the EBacc was first implemented that schools were removing arts subjects from the curriculum. 21% of schools with a high proportion of free school meals removed an arts subject as a result of the EBacc – precisely the children who David Cameron says need their life chances improved.

Source: The Cultural Learning Alliance.