Dissonance of assistant plans
Why single out music and drama? Why not maths and science? Or would teachers of these subjects rightly point out that teaching these subjects requires training in just that - teaching?
There are many excellent examples of music specialists working in schools - as animateurs, as community musicians, as part of professional orchestras' outreach programmes. But in order to be successful their work needs to be properly planned and evaluated.
The notion that involving them in school music will free up teachers' time, rather than complementing existing activities, demeans music as a curriculum subject.
The Government should modify these proposals and resist the temptation to treat music and drama as if they are different from other subjects.
Chair, National Association of Music Educators, Gordon Lodge