David Wheway

At the sharp end: teaching music in 2016-2017

Let’s stop music being squeezed out of the curriculum

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Music is often enthusiastically promoted in school prospectuses. Because of its power to engage and its “showcase” impact, it is a subject that is highly valued by pupils, parents and the community. But music is currently under significant threat in the curriculum.

Ironically, approaches to music education in the UK – placing importance on creativity and critical engagement – are well-regarded around the world. We need to build on our success and make sure that “music for all” remains integrated within the curriculum. To do that, schools must address some key problems:


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