Good music education ‘only reaching minority of pupils’

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Followers of the Two Moors Festival will know how much work we do with pupils in schools across the south-west of the UK, putting on workshops with professional musicians and giving them the opportunity to take part in the festival every year, so it was with interest that we read of a new Ofsted report stating that a quality music education only reaches a minority of students.

Although it was found that the 120 music hubs set up as part of the government’s Music Plan to reorganise music support services had brought “vitality” and “energy” to teaching, very little was too often expected of pupils and only a handful of students were benefiting.

Michael Cladingbowl, director of schools policy at Ofsted, said: “Music is a demanding academic discipline, developed through exciting practical musical activity. However, the vast majority of the schools visited shied away from teaching pupils about fundamental aspects of music as they thought it too difficult. All children, not just the privileged few, should enjoy a good music education.”

How do you think this can be tackled? What would you like to see the festival doing, alongside our workshops?

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