Music provision under threat?

Campaigners are worried that the focus on core subjects and government accountability priorities are hitting music provision in schools. Dorothy Lepkowska takes a look

The Christmas nativity play and end-of-year production has been a tradition of primary education for decades. Generations of musicians made their debut in their school choir or orchestra and every school had a teacher who could bang out a tune on the piano. But where future generations of musicians, composers and singers – and, indeed, music teachers – will come from remains a subject for debate and some concern.

Campaigners fears that music education has become, at worst, non-existent in many state schools. There is a national shortage of specialist teachers, and less and less time is being devoted to the subject on timetables. Where instrument learning remains, parents are usually expected to pick up to the tab, but at up to £36-an-hour, the costs can be prohibitive.

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