The government has today announced its first ever national plan for music education in response to Classic FM managing director Darren Henley’s review of the sector.
A report on this can be read here
. (The Stage) and also here
. (The Guardian)
MMA corporate member Trinity College, London has responded quickly and welcomes today’s National Plan for Music Education and especially its commitment that all children will continue to have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument through whole class teaching as well as the importance placed on ensuring quality through the continuing professional development of music teachers.
The emphasis on providing pathways from first access into further music making for all young people is especially welcome. Trinity also supports the introduction of a qualified music educator qualification and looks forward to consultation on how this will raise standards while promoting diversity.
Chief executive Sarah Kemp said, “It is great news that the Government believes that high quality music education is important, and we hope this will be backed up by a firm commitment to music remaining in the National Curriculum. It is vitally important that children should continue to have access to high quality musical learning in schools. Trinity remains committed to supporting music education through working closely with the developing hubs.”
“The delivery of affordable and accessible teacher support and professional development is at the heart of Trinity’s work. Supporting all music teachers of all levels of experience is one of our core activities. With diminishing funding and a short time for set-up, music education hubs face many challenges in ensuring they meet the Government’s high expectations for all pupils in their care. Trinity is absolutely committed to supporting hubs through partnership work in both professional development provision for teachers, and the design of adaptable assessment structures that support young people’s musical journeys.
“We welcome the importance the government places on providing routes for progression from early years programmes right through to adulthood. At Trinity we believe in the importance in access to music for all, and that high quality musical experiences should be available to everyone, not just for the minority who aim for conservatoire study or the life of a professional musician. Through graded exams, Arts Award and our new Music Tracks exams, Trinity provides a means for every child to experience high quality musical learning, and a means for them to build their own musical journey, whatever that may look like.
“We support the recommendations for drawing together formal and informal learning opportunities for children. We would urge the Government, and the sector more widely, to consider further the integration of musical learning across the many places in which it takes place. The support in the plan for musical learning through an instrument is welcome, but this must be part of a provision which integrates classroom music lessons with children’s experience out of school. The best music education takes place when all these aspects of learning are acknowledged and brought together into a rich whole.”