Exclusive: Music curriculum plans ‘deeply concerning’

Plans for developing a new music curriculum have been condemned as “deeply concerning” by dozens of experts in music education, TES is reporting.

An open letter to the Department for Education, signed by 30 academics, says that while the existing national curriculum was developed and consulted upon widely, plans for developing a new model music curriculum to go alongside it do not appear to include such a broad range of expertise.

The government announced last week that a new model music curriculum was to be drawn up by a panel of experts and published in the summer in order to “make sure their lessons are of the very highest quality”.

“They are really good people,” Dr Savage explained to Tes. “I am not casting aspersions on the quality of people on the panel – but they just the wrong group of people to do this task.”

And the academics point out that: “Music education in the curriculum is the responsibility of schools, not music education hubs; the expertise in this area lies with expert teachers and those working in initial teacher education and schools.”

The letter warns of potential “conflict of interest” in panel members who work for music services or music education hubs, who receive Arts Council England funding for music initiatives, getting involved in curriculum development.

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