National charity Youth Music has said the curriculum needs a major shake-up to improve levels of attendance and aid the development of disillusioned youngsters, with the more than 200-year-old symphonies of the Austrian composer unlikely to ever find a place on their Spotify playlists. Sky News reports.
More popular modern genres like grime and hip-hop are said to remain completely absent from most UK classrooms, despite artists like Stormzy using his work to address social issues.
Matt Griffiths, chief executive of the charity, said: “We’ve seen the benefits of students exchanging Mozart for Stormzy as part of a re-imagined music curriculum.”
The charity – aided by Birmingham City University and funded by the National Lottery via Arts Council England – formed several new partnerships between music organisations and schools.
It found that young people at risk of exclusion at the start of the so-called Exchanging Notes programme maintained high levels of attendance throughout and also improved in other subjects like English and maths.
Mr Griffiths added: “Schools can offer an inspirational music curriculum that better supports social and emotional well-being, the music industry talent pipeline grows and is more diverse, and young people’s lives in music are completely connected both in and out of school.”
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