U.K. to seek outside views to refresh National Plan for Music Education

Posted on: February 13, 2020

“Musicians and music teachers are being called on to shape the future of music education in the UK,” writes Maddy Shaw Roberts in Tuesday’s (2/11) Classic FM. “Musicians and teachers, and young people and their parents, are being called on to share their experience of music in schools, and to tell the UK government what they want to see in a new national blueprint…. The plan aims to level up music opportunities for all children, following years of campaigning from musicians including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Nicola Benedetti and Sheku Kanneh-Mason, to create a fairer music education system.… A study last year revealed there has been a 15 percent drop in the number of schools offering A-Level Music…. The call for responses and experiences was made by the Department for Education on Sunday 9 February, in a statement saying ‘children from all backgrounds’ should have ‘the chance to learn how to play an instrument, perform in a choir or band, and develop a lifelong love of music.’ The overhaul also includes an £85 million injection for Music Education Hubs, pledged by the government in January…. The refreshed National Plan will be published in autumn 2020.”