Call for improvements in music education in UK schools

Call for better music education in UK schools

Creative sector can provide long term boost for the economy

The call to focus on high quality music education in the UK has come from speakers at a recent Westminster Media Forum on the global music market last week, according to a recent report on the M-Music website.

The article quotes Nick Beach the academic director of Trinity College London, who highlighted the fact that the drop in GCSE music numbers is a “long term trend” leading to potential issues with the requirements of creative industry workforces in the future.

Mr Beach was speaking as part of the panel for Key Brexit challenges and opportunities, and the sector’s role in the UK’s Industrial Strategy: skills, trade and attracting inward investment.

He also advocated higher standards of music teacher training and more robust qualifications in order to cut down on “…the well-meaning, somewhat amateur approach to music education, where anyone can call themselves a music teacher.”

The value of creative industries

The head of external affairs at the Incorporated Society of Musicians, Henry Vann, who also contributed at the event, is quoted as saying

“We must get our education system right, so that the creative industry – worth £128.4bn by 2025 – can continue to thrive.”

“If the industrial strategy is to be relevant, it must say something about protecting creative subjects in our schools so we can fill our sector with homegrown talent and open up opportunity, diversity and inclusion for all; not just those who can afford it.”

Kevin Brannan MP, shadow minister for digital, culture, media and sport, suggested that schools which charge a fee to pupils to enable them to study creative subjects should be “named and shamed”.

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