Music hubs: why should schools care?

It's a year since the government published its long-awaited National Plan for Music Education, and the first manifestation of this, the new music education hubs in England, have been operating for around three months now. It's early days of course, but some teachers and heads remain uncertain about what they're all about, how they can … Continue reading Music hubs: why should schools care?

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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

How to find out what young people really want from music education

With the national music education plan out hopefully early next week, local authority music services and others hoping to become part of the new music education ‘hubs’ will have to find ways to demonstrate what young people in their area want and need. It’s a tricky one, particularly for music services who have been used … Continue reading How to find out what young people really want from music education

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?

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YOUNG PEOPLE AND MUSIC EDUCATION Music Education in Wales - a warning for England? (Music Education UK, June 2011) A land with less music? (Sounding Board, May 2011) - the music education review in Wales Musical Futures (Sounding Board) - the government's Wider Opportunities scheme Making the connections(Sounding Board) - Youth workers, community musicians and … Continue reading Articles section

Henley Music Ed Review – ten days to go

This is what seems to be going on online. I'd say a great place for people to start if they want to formulate a strong message is the Music  Manifesto original reports. Forum debates Teaching music website forum debate - http://www.teachingmusic.org.uk/forum Jonathan Savage's website - http://jsavage.org.uk/?p=977 Musical Futures - http://musicalfutures.posterous.com/henley-music-education-review-its-not-just-ab Organisations' early responses National Association … Continue reading Henley Music Ed Review – ten days to go