This post will be updated each time we add music education news and reports which are relevant to Wales.
Online music service launched in ‘record’ time to help keep Denbighshire kids happy in lockdown, June 2020
The platform, totally-music.com, has been created in record time by the North Wales Music Co-operative.
School curriculum overhaul for Wales published, January 2020
The final version of the new curriculum for Wales has been published, as schools prepare for a complete overhaul of how children are taught.
Music Services Feasibility Study published, January 2020
The study was commissioned by the Welsh Government to identify and assesses the options for the future delivery of music education in Wales.
New music fund for Wales launches survey of music opportunities for young people, November 2019
Anthem, is the new foundation set up by Welsh Government to invest in opportunities in music for young people in Wales. Its vision is for all young people aged 3-25 to be able to participate in and develop through music of all genres and in all communities.
Welsh Government and Arts Council of Wales link up to fund music opportunities for every child, November 2019
The Anthem fund will grant up to £300,000 a year to Welsh children and young people who want to develop their musical talents.
Welsh schools need a national plan for music, November 2019
Creativity is at the heart of the plans for the new curriculum, so National Education Union members’ concerns about music in schools needs to be taken seriously.
Stark warning over the fall in A-level entries for arts subjects in Wales, August 2019
This may affect the economy if the pattern continues, warns the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Spending cuts to music lessons risk taking education back to Victorian era, August 2019
Plans to make some parents pay for their children’s music lessons will take Conwy back to Victorian times, a top Eisteddfod official has warned.
Kids who don’t get free school meals will have to pay for music lessons, July 2019
Schools in Conwy are set to lose their £327,000 funding for instrument tuition as part of council cutbacks.
Why cuts to music services in Wales are a risk to our culture and heritage, April 2019
Campaigners fear that Ceredigion will slice provision in the county and impact generations to come.
‘No intention’ to axe Ceredigion school music tuition, March 2019
Council leader denies a threat to its schools music service amid claims it faces a budget cut of two-thirds.
Expressive arts part of ’ambitious’ new school curriculum in Wales, January 2019
Consultation begins on new curriculum being designed by teachers in Wales.
Wales urged to consider moving music services away from local authorities, November 2018
The Welsh Government has also been advised to establish national pop and rock competitions, and significantly increase funding for musical instruments.
This report by the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee at the National Assembly for Wales focuses on addressing the shortfalls in music education provision and achieving consistency across Wales. This is to ensure that every child, regardless of their location or financial backing, has an equal opportunity to progress to excellence.
International best practice in music performance education models and associated learning outcomes for Wales, April 2018
The aim of this research is to provide important background information for the development of a National Music Education Performance Strategy for Wales, which would provide synergy between National Youth Arts, Arts Council Wales (for example the Creative Learning Through the Arts – An Action Plan For Wales 2015 – 2020 report (see below) and Donaldson (2015)), providing for a statuary, core, access offer, on the basis of access, equality and affordability for all.
This report examined the current and asserted the future role of local authority music services in supporting schools to deliver high quality music education in Wales.
In 2015, the Welsh Government published its strategic objectives for creative learning through the arts in Wales from 2015 to 2020. In partnership with Arts Council Wales, the Welsh Government’s plan responded to the 12 recommendations in Professor Dai Smith’s report.