Guest Post: Love in a Cold Climate – re-shaping a Music Service in the age of austerity by Emma Coulthard

As a result of cuts and policy changes, what music services are being asked to deliver, on dwindling  funding, has become a challenge.  In Wales, where there was no Wider Opps money, no In Harmony and no Youth Music, Cardiff's music service has had to be particularly creative, and to forge strong alliances with schools … Continue reading Guest Post: Love in a Cold Climate – re-shaping a Music Service in the age of austerity by Emma Coulthard

Worth the wait? The National Plan for Music Education in England

Following is my summary of the NPME, written for Music Education UK magazine and website. The full piece includes comments from practitioners and authorities on music education, including school teacher Jackie Schneider, education consultant David Price, music/culture/education campaigner Marc Jaffrey and representatives from Youth Music, Sound Sense, and many other organisations working in music with young … Continue reading Worth the wait? The National Plan for Music Education in England

Seven tips for advocating what music means to your school

If you’re a music teacher, trying to keep up with all the changes in education is one thing.  Making sure what’s going on in your music lessons and activities is noticed and valued is probably one of those ‘to dos’ at the bottom of an ever-increasing list. There are lots of rumblings about the need … Continue reading Seven tips for advocating what music means to your school

Apocalypse now for music education in Wales and England?

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 … Continue reading Apocalypse now for music education in Wales and England?

Wales: a land with less music?

Amid all the discussion and debate about the review of music education in England, there was also a review here in Wales. It was published, somewhat quietly, by Welsh Assembly Government some months ago - see my previous post, Wales' music education review. I spoke to two of the people who were behind the original … Continue reading Wales: a land with less music?

England’s music education review – cause for celebration?

The Henley Review of Music Education in England and the government's response were published last week. The headline news was that the government has promised one more year of ring-fenced funding for music, including local authority music services (who provide instrumental tutors to school, and run orchestras and other ensembles for students). But it also … Continue reading England’s music education review – cause for celebration?