With Newport and Cardiff’s proposed cuts to their music services, I thought it was timely to reblog this post, written in 2011 – as far as I know, nothing has changed.
Music education in many places in Wales is in a dreadful state, and the situation doesn’t seem likely to improve any time soon. The Welsh Assembly Government’s long-awaited music education review was published six months ago now, and yet very little’s happened since.
You can read more about this in my article (Music education in Wales – a warning for England?) published in Music Education UK and initially Sounding Board, the community music magazine (see other blog post).
In the same magazine, there’s with an article from Mark Jaffrey (previously Music Manifesto Champion for England) in which he describes the situation for music education in England as ‘a burning platform’.
It’s all doom and gloom when you look at the strategic picture, yet in classrooms, community centres, music centres, youth centres and studios, the amazing work that’s happening is changing children and young people’s lives. How long will…
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