Funding for music education in Wales is tripled to £13.5million
Welsh government funding for music education is to be tripled over the next three years.
As the National Plan for Music Education is published, the Minister for Education has confirmed that funding will be tripled, with £13.5m invested over the next three years.
The Welsh Government has said this means every child will have the opportunity to benefit from a music education.
The plan will make access to music education more consistent across Wales, with a particular focus on learners from low-income households and those with additional learning needs.
The plan includes a number of key work programs such as:
- A First Experiences program to offer primary school children a minimum of half a term of introductory sessions to musical instruments
- A Making Music With Others initiative, which offers secondary school children and young people the opportunity to gain industry experience by working alongside musicians and creative industries
- A new national library of instruments and equipment to facilitate access to a bank of resources to be shared across Wales
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These programs will be deployed from September 2022.
The National Music Service will operate as a ‘hub’, with the Welsh Association of Local Governments coordinating Music Service programs with a wide range of organisations.
First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford and Welsh Language and Education Minister Jeremy Miles visited St Joseph’s Cathedral Primary School in Swansea to see a group of primary school children participate in a ‘Play Along’ session run by Swansea Music Service.
Mr Drakeford said: “Learning an instrument has been a formative part of my upbringing and lack of money shouldn’t be a barrier for any youngster wanting to learn to play music.
“We are fortunate in Wales to have a strong tradition of school, county and national ensembles, and we want to ensure that our children and young people can play their full part there.
“This funding will support music services in schools and within the community to help nurture our young musical talent.”
Mr Miles said: “Our vision is that all children and young people in Wales, regardless of background, have the chance to learn to play an instrument.
“I remember how important it was for me to be able to take music lessons when I was in school.
“The opportunity to learn an instrument and develop musical skills is too often limited by cost and affordability these days, so we are making this important investment to provide a range of activities for our children and young people, so they can learn and experience the joy of music.
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