UK Music Chief Appointed To Government Panel To Boost Music Education

UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin has been appointed to an expert panel to boost music education. 

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09.08.2021: UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin has been appointed to an expert panel to boost music education. 

The Government announced the move and said one of the key roles of the new panel would be to help form the new National Plan for Music Education (NPME) that will be published next year. 

The plan will follow the publication of the Model Music Curriculum earlier this year and will aim to ensure every pupil has the chance to sing, learn a musical instrument and make music with others. 

Chaired by Veronica Wadley (Baroness Fleet), the announcement of the panel follows a Government consultation on music education which found that studying music can have a positive impact on young people’s wellbeing, confidence and communication skills. 

UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin said: 

“Music education is vitally important, not just because of the huge role it plays in enriching the lives of so many children but also because of the immense cultural, social and economic contribution it makes to our country. 

“We look forward to contributing to a new National Plan that will give pupils from every background the best possible opportunities and recognise music as one of our greatest national assets.” 

The panel is made up of teachers, Music Education Hub leaders, music industry representatives and other music education experts, including representatives from the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, UK Music. 

The panel members include Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England (ACE), whose independent Review of Music Education in England informed the original NPME, and Jonathan Badyal, Head of Communications at Universal Music UK.

The new NPME, co-published by the Department for Education and for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, will build on the current plan that saw the establishment of the national network of Music Education Hubs, which support the delivery of music education in schools. 

Schools Minister Nick Gibb said: 

“Having the opportunity to play and learn musical instruments is so enriching and fulfilling. I, like many others, wish I’d had more of a chance to learn about music and get hands-on time playing in

“That’s why we want all schools to have a rigorous and broad music curriculum, that inspires their pupils to love music, and the new panel will play a vital part in achieving that by informing the new National Plan for Music Education

“Their wealth of experience will be hugely valuable to the future of music education, helping to inspire a new generation of musicians in this country.” 

Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage said: 

“I’m delighted to have such a brilliant team of music industry experts supporting this refresh of the National Plan for Music Education. 

“The panel’s expertise will guide us to ensure that young people from all backgrounds will have access to an exceptional music education. This will not only benefit student wellbeing, but also help grow the pipeline of people participating in our wonderful cultural and creative sectors.” 

Chair of the panel, Veronica Wadley said: 

“I am delighted to be chairing an outstanding panel of advisors who I know will make a great contribution to the refreshed NPME – and help shape the future of music education. 

It is so important that every child and young person, from whatever background and area, has the opportunity to benefit from learning to sing and play a musical instrument, improving not only concentration, self-confidence and academic attainment but also raising expectations of what they can achieve in all areas of their lives.” 

The panel will work with the DfE and DCMS to ensure the refreshed plan supports the Government’s aims for all young people to have access to a high quality music education and opportunities to explore music as far as their interest and talents allow. 

The Government also published the consultation response on music education today which will help to inform the refreshed NPME, due to be published early next year. 

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