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Aiden Lucas
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MAPAS supports development of music standards at Academy

MAPAS recently visited Irlam and Cadishead Academy to collaborate with the academy community and to provide all students with live demonstrations of a vast array of different instruments from across the globe. 

MAPAS is Salford’s Music and Performing Arts Service and they are dedicated to offering opportunities in the performing arts for all by working closely in partnership with local schools from across Salford. MAPAS are also a proud strategic partner in the Greater Manchester Music Hub with the responsibility for delivering the government’s policy on music education in partnership with schools in the borough including Irlam and Cadishead Academy.

MAPAS recently visited Irlam and Cadishead Academy to collaborate with the academy community and to provide all students with live demonstrations of a vast array of different instruments from across the globe. 

During their visit to Irlam and Cadishead Academy, all students were enthusiastic and inspired by what they saw. At the Academy we have a passion for the Arts and would like to see this more widely used and accessible to all of our students to enable them to refine and expand the immense creativity and talents that they already hold.

The aim of the day was to inspire students to become musicians and encourage participation in music lessons in and out of the academy. Students were made more aware of musical events in the area, the types of music and instruments available, how they’re played and accessibility of lessons in their community.
 

Two students commented on their experience. One Year 9 said: “I love music and didn’t realise what was involved in producing it. Today I got to understand this.” Another Year 10 also added: “I’m part of ICA choir and loved the music session today, especially when they demonstrated in the full band. I’d love to learn to play more instruments.”

Toni Holdsworth, Principal of Irlam and Cadishead Academy, was delighted to welcome MAPAS. Toni said “Music is a passion of many of our students, this opportunity to learn from the many talented musicians they possses is a truly unique experience of which all students and staff thoroughly enjoyed. 

“We are always seeking to increase standards and promote innovation across the whole of our curriculum offer at Irlam and Cadishead Academy. We will be working hard to develop partnerships and to drive standards in the arts moving forward into next academic year, both with MAPAS and other outside agencies, whilst ensuring that our newly launched music curriculum adds to our value of providing education with character for all of our students.”

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