Music lessons ‘being stripped’ out of schools in England

BBC is reporting that state schools in England have seen a 21% decrease in music provision over the last five years, research suggests.

At the same time, access to music in independent schools has risen by 7%, according to figures from the BPI.

The gap widens amongst poorer pupils, with just one in four schools in deprived areas offering music lessons.

One in five primary school teachers reported there was no regular music lesson for their class, and only 12% of schools in deprived areas have an orchestra, compared with 85% of independent schools.

BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor said he was “profoundly concerned” by the division between state and independent schools, and called on the government to intervene.

“This inequality is not just deeply unfair to children in the state sector, it risks depriving our culture of future talents as diverse as Adele, Stormzy and Sheku Kanneh-Mason,” he added.

A Department for Education spokesperson said: “Arts education programmes receive more money than any subject other than PE – nearly half a billion pounds to fund a range of music and cultural programmes between 2016 and 2020.

“This money is in addition to the funding that schools receive to deliver the curriculum.”

Violinist Nicola Benedetti said educators and the music industry were “all agreed” that provision was decreasing, but argued the response needed “more co-ordination”.

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