Plan for the next century's music;Letter

5th June 1998 at 01:00
We warmly applaud and welcome the Secretary of State's promises about music (TES, May 22). I am sure, too, that many of us also recognise that we need to plan beyond the written promises, even if these do suggest that there is a financial package to support them.

We should begin with a complete review of the way music education is delivered, by working towards a situation where the two central planks (that of instrumental teaching and learning and classroom music teaching and learning) are drawn together. The delivery of the music curriculum would be through vocal or instrumental tuition and all pupils would be entitled to two years of initial free tuition. Composing, performing, listening and appraising would still be at the heart of the curriculum. We are talking about a coherent music curriculum for 2000 and beyond.

This is not an idealistic dream. There are already examples of good practice and the National Association of Music Educators would be delighted to discuss this further with the Department for Education and Employment's task force on creativity.

Leonora Davies, Chair, National Association of Music Educators, 33 Orchard Lane, Frisby-on-the-Wreake, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

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