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Members Encouraged to Participate in Government Music Education Consultation

The MU welcomes the Consultation on what should be considered in the government’s National Plan for Music Education (NPME), and encourages all those who are concerned with what is happening to music education in England to engage.
 

A child sits in front of a keyboard in a classroom environment.
Music needs to be part of every child’s life. Photo credit: Shutterstock

The Department for Education’s invitation is open to the views and experiences of musicians, specialist teachers, young people and their parents.

This Plan will permit music industry experts to help shape the future of music education, as the Government sets out to refresh the blueprint that promotes equal music opportunities.

The Plan particularly aims to help reflect advances in technology in the way music is created, recorded and produced, and to reassess the music education young people benefit from at school.

In launching the consultation, Department for Education and The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP said:

“All children, regardless of their background, should get the opportunity to play musical instruments, learn to sing and learn how to read and write music in the classroom.”

A broad and balanced curriculum for all

This view is supported by MU General Secretary Horace Trubridge, who states in the introduction to The State of Play – A Review of Music Education in England 2019:

“Music needs to be part of every child’s life and that access to a broad and balanced curriculum, which includes the arts, should be experienced by all children regardless of their background.”

All those who are concerned should engage

Underlining the importance of the opportunity to contribute to the process, Diane Widdison, MU National Organiser for Education & Training, said:

“We encourage all those who are concerned with what is happening in music education in England to engage with this consultation.

"Although we agreed with many of the aspirations of the original NPME when it came out in 2011, in practice and as a result of many conflicting education policies, we have seen the provision of music education in many schools decimated over the last decade.

“Our latest two pieces of research showed how learning a musical instrument was increasingly becoming the privilege of those who could afford it and how the workforce who deliver music education were being affected by cuts in funding across Local Authorities and schools.”

A key moment to ensure young people do not miss out

Diane continued:

“As a Trade Union representing over 31,000 professional musicians, of whom over two thirds work across the whole of the music education sector, we have a unique perspective as to what is actually happening on the ground.

"This is a key moment to address these issues to ensure that a whole generation of children and young people do not miss out on the opportunities to engage with music making as part of a broad and balanced education.”

Take part in the consultation

The Department for Education's survey opened yesterday - Sunday 9 February - and will remain open until 11:59 pm on Friday 13 March.

It can be completed online on the Department for Education's website. The website also has further details on the consultation including confidentiality.

Get your voice heard and take part in the consultation.


Published: 10/02/2020

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