Schools’ squeeze on music leaves teachers on the edge

TES is reporting that music teachers are working for free or facing stagnant pay as schools struggle with “shrinking budgets”, according to a major music association.

A survey by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) found that the “marginalisation of music” in schools has contributed to a “profession under pressure”, as music teacher fee rates fail to increase in line with the cost of living for the fourth year in a row.

Only 33 per cent of private teachers and 40 per cent of peripatetic and visiting music teachers raised fees in 2019, and fee rates declined for teachers employed by schools.

Music teachers also reported that their fees had been affected by the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

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