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Some other examples which may give some idea of MfL’s achievement through innovation are:
- MfL was the first non-local authority service in the UK to be accepted into the national Federation of Music Services in 2003
- Music for Life developed and piloted one of first “whole class” instrumental teaching projects in country in partnership with the Excellence in Cities programme, before Wider Opportunities was introduced. Documented analysis carried out by the Excellence in Crewe team clearly demonstrated the programme’s success and long term impact.
- MfL School Whole Class Programmes achieve a consistently higher follow-on rate than the average in our area. This means more children keep playing an instrument after the Free First Access phase in school.
- Music for Life has twice been rated as an “Outstanding” service offering “outstanding” value for money by independent assessors as part of a national programme to evaluate the quality of school music services run by the Federation of Music Services and the Department for Education and quality assured by a former Chief HMI for Music.
- Extensive positive documented feedback from parents, schools and instrumental teachers
- Demonstrable quality achieved through ensembles, plus fact that ensembles are offered free of charge.
- Growth through word of mouth – no advertising, no deliberate strategy to persuade schools to work with us.