In tune with technology

26th September 2003 at 01:00
I was very interested to read Jack Kenny's article in Online magazine (TES, September 12) and I support many of the comments that were made.

Regrettably neither the subject of music nor the National Association of Music Educators (NAME), one of the leading professional associations in music education, were mentioned.

Owen Lynch says that subject associations will be crucial in developing networks. NAME not only develops them, we initiate and support them. Music led all the subjects in computer technology in the successful 2002 BECTa "on-line days" using Name members. We are currently engaged in two contracts with BECTa to provide exactly what Education Secretary Charles Clarke seems to be proposing.

We also celebrate the fact that in some local authorities music teachers lead on the Key Stage 3 strategy; that advanced skills teachers in music provide extraordinary examples of resourcefulness using ICT and music as a subject can provide extensive support in covering ICT as a discrete subject in schools.

In the case of funding, our view is that professional and subject associations should provide realistic details about the level of support that the DfES might provide in this context to allow for differences in the roles and sizes of organisations.

Like many colleagues, I am concerned that the issue of LEAs working in partnership with associations is less readily appreciated. As Derek Bell says, colleagues may well be confused about where to go for help. LEAs who already work with professional and subject associations might be a good place to start.

Roger Crocker

Chair, National Association of Music Educators

Gordon Lodge

Snitterton Road

Matlock, Derbyshire

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