The government has announced that the new model music curriculum will be drafted by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM).
In a tweet yesterday, Nick Gibb, schools minister, said that ABRSM had "won a competitive process to draft the new non-statutory Model Music Curriculum".
He added: "Drawing on ABRSM’s expertise and its team of education professionals, and steered by our expert panel, this will be an important resource for schools."
The panel overseeing the new model music curriculum was announced in January, but the plans to produce a supplementary curriculum were described as “deeply concerning” by experts who said that the panel did not include people with sufficient knowledge of how to teach music.
And reactions to schools minister Nick Gibb’s announcement that ABRSM will be drafting the curriculum have raised similar concerns.
I cannot believe this. Why don't you listen to the experts in music education? They (ABRSM) provide over priced graded examinations. Listen to the teachers in primary, secondary and special schools. What utter nonsense— Stuart Birnie (@StuartBirnie1) February 26, 2019
@ABRSM has a decent exam system, but what experience do they have in schools? Do they have collective years of grass roots level teaching? If so, I stand corrected. If not, why do they have this contract?— Louise Dickinson (@ChaLouMusic) February 26, 2019
Absolutely zero experience Louise. It is all about politics. @ABRSM are at Nick Gibb's beck and call and should be thoroughly ashamed of their involvement in this.— Jonathan Savage (@jpjsavage) February 26, 2019
As much as I have used ABRSM for instrumental tuition and exams, What is their experience of full classroom based curriculum education, where the majority of students don't actually play an instrument?!— Lynda Webb (@lyndawebb13) February 26, 2019
A DfE spokesperson said: “ABRSM were contracted to draft the model music curriculum following a competitive procurement process, involving a number of organisations with music expertise. They will take direction from an independent expert advisory group whose work will be informed through consultation with practitioners and other music groups.”