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Hampshire Music Service

Welcome to Hampshire Music Service (HMS)

Our commitment is to give every child a chance to participate, enjoy and achieve by making music together. The benefits of music are very wide-reaching. Feedback from schools, parents and children show that the opportunities we offer through Hampshire Music Service have a very high impact indeed.

News and events feed:

It’s official: Music makes for better grades

Our secondary music county inspector has teamed up with Sue Hallam MBE...

Music better grades

Learning to play a musical instrument or having singing lessons helps teenagers make better progress in English and Maths. This is the finding of our research with The Institute of Education – which has now been published in the British Journal of Music Education.

Between Key Stage 2 (junior school) and Key stage 4 (GCSE level), children in the study who were not learning any musical instrument progressed an average of 3.03 levels in English. Children learning an instrument or taking singing lessons progressed by an average of 3.6 levels. In Maths, the results were even more marked, with non-instrumentalists progressing an average of 3 levels, and instrumentalists progressing an average of 3.83 levels.

The report is only available to the public for a limited time through the British Journal of Music Education website

Read more of the official HCC summary...

The latest Hub Newsletter is out!

The 11th Hub Newsletter is full of projects, events and achievements...

Hub Newsletter - 11 - Spring 2017

Download your copy...

Keyboard Play Days for Beginners to grade/stage 3...

Play Days in the North and South of the county are catered for this Spring:

Keyboard Play Days 2017

Come and be part of this celebration of all things ‘keyboard’ to discover new music and meet other young musicians.

Young keyboard players from across Hampshire will form a one-off ensemble. They will receive expert tuition from Hampshire Music Service tutors and perform in a concert to family and friends.

There is no charge for these events.

Closing date: Friday, 10 March 2017

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Concert: Hampshire Strings players with London Mozart Players

LMP Project

Free concert to see young string players from Hampshire play alongside the London Mozart players

We've teamed up with Grayshott Concerts to provide a workshop day and performance opportunity for young strings players to learn with the London Mozart Players.

The London Mozart Players is a British chamber orchestra founded in 1949. The LMP is the longest-established chamber orchestra in the United Kingdom whose performances and recordings focus largely on the core repertoire from the Classical era.

You now have a chance to see what they have produced during the day! Apply now for tickets through:

Grayshott Concerts

Sessions for pre-schoolers in Fair Oak, Eastleigh!

HMS Music Garden

Join us on our new project to provide music sessions for young children up to the age of 5

Come and be part of this fun and creative experience of discovering music with your child

These weekly sessions are led by qualified and experienced HMS music teachers in a nurturing and friendly environment

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Booking is required as spaces are limited:

Chairman's Year of Music 'foldable' pens now available...

£2 EACH and can fit flat into your pockets and wallets!

The pens are available for sale through the following methods:

  1. Payment by card over the phone
    (we will post the pen(s) to you 2nd class RM)

  2. Payment by card/cheque in person during office hours
    Rookwood Centre, Penshurst Way, Eastleigh, SO50 4RJ

  3. Payment by cheque in the post, payable to Hampshire Music Service
    (we will post the pen(s) to you 2nd class RM)

First / Early Access ensembles launching across the county...

To boost new pupils' learning, a number of new first or early access ensembles are being launched this year

The Basingstoke ensemble has already begun, with Alton close behind...

If you have an interested young instrumentalist with at least one or two terms of learning (up to around grade/stage 2), please get in touch:

023 8065 2037

   First Access Havant         First Access Andover

   First Access Alton         Early Access Basingstoke

Chairman's Year of Music has begun!


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Have you been thinking of joining a Hampshire ensemble?

Then watch this video - current members are ready to convince you!

We will be asking current and ex members to share their experiences using #HMSensembles over the coming months to prove why it's a no-brainer...

To learn more about our ensembles and which are in your area and at your current stage/grade - visit our ensembles page

Heart FM breakfast presenters ask for our help!

Heart FM lesson1

We've been having to keep this one a secret, but now the guinea pigs have learned of their fate - we can share the exciting news with you all! Hampshire Music Service teach Heart FM breakfast presenters, Rich and Zoe, ukulele and trumpet!

Heart FM got in touch before Christmas about 'treating' their presenters with a challenge of a NEW SKILL for NEW YEAR. Rich to learn ukulele and Zoe to learn the trumpet! Lessons started today - to hear how they get on, listen to Heart Breakfast (South Coast) 96.7-975FM and visit their website soon to see clips of the lesson...

Heart - South Coast breakfast show

Heart FM lesson1 Grp

HMS is Music Hub Leader for Hampshire

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Since September 2012 our many wonderful musical events and activities have reflected some of the successes of the Hampshire Music Education Hub.

By developing stronger partnerships, the Hub is providing exciting opportunities in music education for 55,000 children and young people. We look forward to continuing our work with our Hub partners to benefit musicians of all abilities throughout the county

Latest Hub News and Newsletters

“We are justifiably proud of Hampshire Music Service becoming the lead partner in the Hub. This role will strengthen the range and depth of their work, ensuring the highest quality music-making for all children and young people.”

John Coughlan, Director of Children's Services (2012)

Please do visit the Hub website to learn more...


Events Calendar

See what great musical events are taking place during the
coming few months,
Or see our HMS Box Office to buy tickets for up and coming ensemble concerts

HMS Box Office

Provision for Schools 2016-17

Discover the HMS provision opportunities available to schools and how to to sign up!

Hampshire schools can access their free resources in their secure areas:


secondary schools-secure area

Song of the week


SOTW songbank


Inspire your primary school pupils to sing with this weekly resource!

Hampshire Education Music Hub

The Hampshire Music Service is the lead partner for the county's Music Hub.

Please see the The Hub website for more info.

HMS Vacancies

Vacancies will be advertised within

We are currently looking for Guitar, Violin and Woodwind teachers, please apply online.

Closing date: 22 November 2016

Proud to be Record Breakers

Certificate - Ukulele

The ukulele world record video!

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