Muted aim

17th November 2000 at 00:00
LAST week's Schools Proms may now be no more than a distant echo, but they remind us that the very best in school music still thrives. There are signs from our survey of primaries, however, that the roots of musical excellence are not yet being nurtured as David Blunkett promised in 1998.

School music, of course, exists at three levels: the formal music curriculum; extra-curricular singing and playing in school; and instrumental tuition. Our survey suggests the decline in music-making in the primary classroom apparent two years ago has been stabilised. There are problems finding specialist teachrs but most children sing and play in class as much as they did, and some more.

But there is a worrying fall in pupils learning an instrument, according to primary heads, and an increase in charging for such tuition. Two factors seem to be involved: delegation of music money may leave primary schools unable or unwilling to support instrumental teaching as before. And there is little net increase in funding where local authorities substitute central government cash for the money they were already spending on music services, thus thwarting the Education Secretary's excellent intentions.


Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now