6 July 2011

First month for York Music Service

This month has seen the launch of York Music Service, a charitable organisation which will support music teachers who are either to lose work or be made redundant following cuts from York Council. The majority of the service will be delivered over the internet where parents and students will be able to apply and pay for tuition online.

This term they have been down to visit us in Devon where we were able to offer them guidance and assistance on the management and administration side of the business and help get them set up. Derek Warley pointed out that this initiative was to keep costs to a minimum and encourage pupils to use modern technology.

Alison Goffin, co-Director of the Service, said "It's an unsettling time for everyone at the moment, as we dismantle the council's music service after what must be 40 or 50 years of teaching, and say goodbye to some of our staff who are off to new careers. At the same time, setting up a new company is an exciting - and daunting - project, and we're really grateful for all the help and support we've had from Paritor, FMS colleagues and friends in the music industry. We know it's not all going to be plain sailing, but we think we've got enough experience to cope with the challenges that are no double awaiting us!"

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