The Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning in Music and Inclusivity was one of only two music CETLs in the country. Although the CETL officially ended in March 2010, students at Newcastle continue to be part of a wider community of music students in the North East of England.
The region is well known for its thriving music scene and the CETL for Music and Inclusivity brought together the Universities of the North East and The Sage Gateshead, to work in partnership to develop further regional specialist music provision, covering Folk, Classical, Music Technology, Popular and Contemporary, World Musics, Music Education and Sound and Music Therapy.
Funding is in place to support the Sound Festival and Breaking into Music events at The Sage Gateshead for the next two years and the student led Summer Music Festival has become an established annual event at Newcastle University. The World Music project is thriving; students will continue to able to study Indian Vocals and Tabla with professional Indian musicians and the recent purchase of a Gamelan for shared use across the community will offer further opportunities. Student projects and creative business ideas will continue to benefit from dedicated enterprise support, informed by ongoing research into music students and entrepreneurship.