Thank you for visiting the SELB Music Service Website. We hope you find it informative and interesting.
Music makes a vital contribution to the educational and personal development of young people. Having the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument and to play and perform is known to improve self-esteem, self-confidence and social skills, leading to a positive attitude to schooling and improved standards in music and the wider curriculum.
The growth of our service has brought a corresponding increase in the number of pupils we teach, currently over 6,000: a further 5,000 benefit from access to music-making through initiatives such as our live music and world drumming projects.
The increased pupil numbers are in part due to our whole class teaching ‘Pathways’ projects which have become so popular in many schools and which offer the opportunity to develop excellent musicianship skills while also learning to play a musical instrument. Despite difficult and challenging times, our core teaching service in schools, our Advanced, Intermediate and Beginner Teaching Services in our Music Centres and our ensembles membership remain buoyant and we are pleased that examination results continue to be in line with or above U.K. averages.
The above areas and more are shown in greater detail throughout this website, but should you have any questions or queries do not hesitate to contact us.
We appreciate your support and interest.
Seamus Dinsmore – Deputy Head of Service
Darren Canmore – Deputy Head of Service
“Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul, on which they mightily fasten, imparting grace, and making the soul of him who is rightly educated graceful.”
Plato Republic III (c375-368 B.C.)