Acclaimed record now at risk;Music for the Millennium;Letter

8th May 1998 at 01:00
THE findings of your survey of music in primary schools confirms the suspicions that many of us have concerning the effects of the withdrawal of music, as a specific subject, from the national curriculum.

The impetus given to music education by its inclusion in the statutory orders has gone into reverse: schools give it a lower priority for inclusion in the 25-hour school week, scarce resources are targeted elsewhere, and the internationally acclaimed record of achievements in music are now at risk.

Of course, there will always be the enthusiastic schools, led by imaginative heads and staffed by dedicated and skilled teachers. If "Cool Britannia" wants to develop the creativity of future generations it will be embedded in our statutory rights (and schools' obligation) and not left as a lottery for talent.

John Stephens Director of music education and formerly vice-chairman of the music working group for the national curriculum Trinity College of Music London W1

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