Ahead of the last night of the Proms, we should pause to reflect among the festivities. Wind back a few centuries and Britain was derided abroad as the “land without music”. Since then Britain brought The Beatles, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Adele. Who will be next? Jack Pepper, a 20 year-old composer, broadcaster and writer explains what’s being achieved in some schools and what needs to be done around the country in The Telegraph.
Music has been drained from our state schools. Slashed budgets, fewer specialist teachers and a growing focus on STEM subjects have relegated music education to the sideline. Research by the University of Sussex in 2018 found that there were 15.4 per cent fewer centres offering A-level music compared to 2016; it found that many schools were abandoning music as a curriculum subject altogether.
Music is ghettoised in our curriculum, often relegated to out-of-school hours. Let’s include music in teaching other subjects; instead of an English lesson followed by music, why not have an English and music lesson once a week, where content from one subject helps teach the other?
Read the full article Music will die in Britain unless we get it on everyone’s syllabus
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