Music education is being ‘lost’ in schools

Wolf Alice say they wouldn’t be a band now if they hadn’t had access to music education at school. BBC Newsbeat reports.

“We’re losing it. I don’t know where I would be without those kind of advantages,” singer Ellie Rowsell says. “I did music for GCSE but I also reaped the benefits of extra-curricular things which were provided in my local community for free.”

There’s been warnings that the success of British music is at risk because the subject was being neglected.

Theo from Wolf Alice adds: “You don’t know you like music if no-one gives you a lesson in it, then suddenly you are Bach or Camilla Cabello.”

Fears have been raised that its children from poorer areas who are missing out the most.

“Those children in the most disadvantaged areas, they still get less opportunity,” says Matt Griffiths from the Youth Music charity.

Francesca Treadaway, from the incorporated Society of Musicians – which looks after the rights of musicians – is campaigning to get more music into schools.

“The EBacc system is sidelining creative subjects in schools,” she told Newsbeat during a conference at the Great Escape Festival in Brighton.

“We have seen figures published by the Department for Education back in January that suggest uptake in music is now under 40,000 for the first time in a decade [in England].”

Not everyone thinks music education is in trouble.

They point to initiatives set up by Arts Council England and apprenticeship schemes run by record labels and promoters that help get young people into music.

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  1. Of course it’s in trouble. Free lessons at the age of nine set me off to cross the social divide. It gave me new vision and so manyunforgettable experiences. It’s not a quantifiable concept. It’s visceral and life changing. The orchestras of the UK are filled with the product of private education.

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