UK Music Outlines Eight-Point Blueprint To Boost Music In Education

16/03/2020: UK Music has outlined an eight-point plan in response to the Department for Education’s call for evidence on the Government’s National Plan for Music Education.

The Department invited views in February from musicians, specialist teachers, young people and their parents about their experiences and what they want to see in the National Plan for Music Education.

Ministers said the new plan would help level up opportunities for children from all backgrounds to take part in musical education, including the chance to learn how to play an instrument, perform in a choir or band, and develop a lifelong love of music.

In response to the request, UK Music outlined a series of proposals which build on the ideas contained in our 2018 Talent Pipeline report.

The eight points are:

1. Securing universal access to music within state education
2. Achieving a broad based music education within curriculum learning
3. Sustaining funding for music education
4. Empowering local solutions for music education
5. Improving teacher training and support for music education
6. Incentivising music education in schools through inspections
7. Increasing music facilities for young people outside school hours
8. Conducting an analysis of music education delivery

UK Music believes that the National Plan for Music in Education (NPME) is vital to the success of music over the next decade and beyond. However, this will only be achieved if young people are at the heart of developments with the use of technology and an inclusive approach to all genres of music seen as keystones.

The NPME refresh must make relationship between hubs and schools clearer and place the national curriculum at the heart of music education. Ofsted’s ability to carry out ‘Deep Dives’ into subjects are welcome as is the focus on a ‘Broad and Balanced Curriculum’.

Young people must be introduced to the landscape of music in its entirety with an understanding of the industry, talent development routes and potential careers.

You can read UK Music’s full submission to the Department for Education here.

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