MP welcomes renewed focus on music education for every child

Central Devon MP Mel Stride has welcomed the government’s renewed focus on ensuring that every child has the opportunity to play an instrument and advance their musical interests and talents. The UK’s first National Plan for Music Education was published in 2011 and after consultation involving thousands of parents, teachers, students and young people it has been updated for 2022, with the updated plan published last week. Although most of the opportunities are provided by the educational system, they will be supplemented by extracurricular activities.

Mr. Stride said: “Music is an important way for young people to express themselves and opens the door to a wide range of creative careers. Learning and creating music should be accessible to all children and not just the privilege of those whose parents can afford private lessons. Updating the National Plan for Music Education to reflect technological improvements and the impact of the pandemic is a very welcome initiative.

In the plan, the main characteristics of a high-quality school music offer are described as follows:

  • scheduled music program of at least one hour per week for milestones 1-3;
  • access to lessons across a range of instruments;
  • a school choir and/or vocal ensemble;
  • an ensemble/orchestra/school group;
  • space for rehearsals and individual practice;
  • quarterly school performance;
  • opportunity to attend shows at least once a year.

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