The report, Key Data on Music Education Hubs 2017, was prepared by Martin Fautley and Adam Whittaker of Birmingham City University.
- 89 per cent of schools benefited from the support of the music hubs – up from 84 per cent in 2013-14;
- 711,241 pupils received whole-class ensemble teaching through the hubs, up from 596,820 in 2013-14;
- 182,602 pupils continue to learn an instrument after having had whole-class ensemble teaching, compared with 166,529 in 2013-14;
- choirs are the single biggest type of music-making activity, making up 32 per cent of all ensembles.
The news comes after research from the University of Sussex found that the proportion of schools that insist on pupils learning music in Year 9 in line with the national curriculum has almost halved in just six years.
School standards minister Nick Gibb said: “I believe all children, regardless of their backgrounds, should have the same opportunities and that’s why it’s so good to see that our music hubs are reaching so many, with more than 700,000 pupils learning to play instruments together in class last year.”
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