What is Progression?


Learning new skills, developing and motivating talent and experiencing new music ideas; progression is the golden thread that ties the Music Education Hub together. Progression needs vary widely, depending on the individual or the school.

We work closely with Swindon Young Musicians and make recommendations within a school setting to harness enthusiasm developed from First Access delivery (e.g. after school clubs, large group and individual tuition ).

We work with our Partners to refine and extend their local offers, developing progression routes so that any young person who wants to can take that next musical step, in any musical direction.

What is Progress?

We believe that progress can be summarised as: Displaying a degree of positive change and/or moving in a direction from where you were!

Progress can be considered as: Simple, Instantanious, Independent, Lateral and/ or Linear.

Simple Progress A pupil offers a broad smile at the end of a lesson – very little perhaps having been learnt, but departs liking music just a little bit more.
 Instantanious Progress  Those wounderful eureka moments that occur when two things collide and understanding (at any level) suddenly happens.
 Independent Progress  I can do it when someone is with me.  Now I can do it on my own.
 Lateral Progress  Stage One this week, more work considering and applying the same ingredients in different contexts next week.
 Linear Progress  This week we’ve achieved all the work in Stage One, next week, Stage Two: this would be progress as acquisition of skill, cumulative movement along a scale towards an ideal stage, e.g. tone quality, tonguing, singing or playing in tune and so on.
What is Progress is taken from: ‘Group Music Teaching in Practice’, Harris and Davies, FABER ff MUSIC 2009