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UK Music Calls For Support For Music Education After Closure Of University Music Department

21.11.2023: Following the news that Oxford Brookes University has decided to close its music department, UK Music has called for more support for music education. 

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21.11.2023: Following the news that Oxford Brookes University has decided to close its music department, UK Music has called for more support for music education. 

In an open letter, the department’s lecturers conceded that music degrees have been under massive pressure everywhere, with student numbers in decline, but urged the music community to respond.

Oxford Brookes music department was hit by the phasing out of combined honours degrees.

Dr Oliver Morris, Director Of Education & Skills at UK Music:

“We were saddened to hear of the closure of such a long-standing and well-established music programme.

“A healthy offering consisting of a variety of routes across creative subjects is so important to encourage, engage and support young people as they develop their interests and careers.

Creative skills and creative thinkers are desperately needed across all sectors of society and a healthy education and skills landscape is also vital to support the music industry that was worth £6.7 billion in 2022 with £4 billion of exports and employment of 210,000.

“We support a vibrant, accessible to all, and diverse music education and skills offering and our thoughts are with Oxford Brookes’ music staff and students following this terrible news”.

In UK Music’s Manifesto for Music we called for action from the Government, including:

  1. Training and recruiting 1,000 more music teachers.
  2. To deliver on the arts pupil premium.
  3. Increase funding for Music Education Hubs.
  4. Set up a commission of the nations and regions to address inequality of opportunity in music education.
  5. Grow the number of apprenticeships and vocational qualifications in music.

Read the manifesto here

Read more about this issue on CMU.

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