Music education advocacy news

Advocacy – music in schools latest news & campaigns

[LATEST UPDATE: 27/11/2019] This post features links to the latest news about music education. It focuses mainly on the UK currently, and is categorised according to country. You can also visit our other pages on the latest reports, resources, campaigns and opinion articles. These pages are updated each time we add news about music in schools.

UK news (per country)

Music education news & reports (latest update 15/11/2019) – Alba / Scotland
Music education news & reports (latest update 27/11/2019) – Cymru / Wales
Music education news & reports (latest update 7/11/2019) – England
Music education news & reports (latest update 24/5/2019) – Northern Ireland

UK-wide news

Value of UK music rises to £5.2bn despite Brexit fears, November 2019
Employment hits an all-time high and Britney Spears delivers a boost to the Yorkshire and Humber economy.
Creativity ‘undervalued’ in music education, October 2019
System offers ‘no consistent progression routes’ for young composers, putting future of profession at risk, new survey suggests.
BBC launches music education campaign, September 2019
Bring the Noise is designed to inspire children to become musicians and discover the joys of music making.
New PM must support UK music industry and music education, July 2019
UK Music CEO, Michael Dugher, calls on the new PM to take swift action on a range of challenges facing the UK music industry.
Exchanging Notes research prompts a media flurry over ‘Stormzy vs Mozart’ debate, June 2019
See Music Education Reports England for links to the research
Discrimination against urban music persists in UK says report to MPs, March 2019
Institutionalised racism continues to affect the live sector, committee told.
Why the crisis in music education is a crisis for all, February 2019
Music teaching’s an easy target and first for the chop when budgets are squeezed. We investigate a misguided approach that will have catastrophic consequences for our culture.
Cultural sector continues to grow faster than the UK economy, December 2018
The economic output from the cultural sector is now just under £30bn, having grown by 7.3% in one year.
New research shows creativity will become even more important to the growth of jobs between now and 2030, November 2018
House of Lords debate on the state of music education in schools, October 2018
Music in society inquiry October 2018-March 2019

Research figures – related

Teaching music in school ‘ticking boxes’ as numbers fall in Wales, November 2018
The number of pupils in Wales studying music at A-level has halved in 10 years while GCSE entries have seen a 40% drop.
Drop in pupils getting music tuition in Scottish schools, November 2018
The number of children receiving musical instrument tuition in Scotland’s schools has dropped by more than 1,200 over the past year.
Music education in England at significant risk of disappearing, new University of Sussex research reveals, October 2018
Music disappearing from curriculum in England, October 2018
Fewer schools in England offering subject at A-level and fewer pupils taking it at GCSE.
Schools providing compulsory music at year 9 has halved in the last 6 years
Fears for the future of music lessons in schools in England, October 2018
Is EBacc affecting what students study at GCSE and A-level in England?, August 2018
Since 2013, the number of A-level entries in arts subjects in England, which include drama, music and art, has fallen by 14,000, almost 15%. While, entries in Stem subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths – have increased by 15,500, 6%.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arts slashed as core subjects take over in England, August 2018
Latest figures for 2017 show that the time spent teaching music is down 11% at KS3, and 12% at KS4.
GCSE results in England confirm continued collapse of arts in schools, August 2018
Music entries down 7.4%, and performing and expressive arts entries down 41.4%
GCSE Results Day 2018 in England: uptake of creative subjects down by 10.2%, August 2018
Music A-level “in danger of disappearing from England’s state schools”, August 2018
The sharp warning from the Association of School and College Leaders comes as A-level data in England reveals the decline in entries for arts subjects has doubled in speed since last year.
Arts teacher numbers plummet by almost a quarter in England, July 2018
9,000 secondary school arts teachers have left their jobs in England since 2011
Collapse in GCSE arts subjects in England gathers pace, May 2018
The fall in entry numbers in England for GCSE arts subjects has reached record levels
Music instruction ‘at risk of extinction’, May 2018
Teaching union warns of impact of ‘catastrophic cuts’ in Scotland
Growing research on the negative effects of the EBacc:
* University of Sussex research, 700 secondary schools, March 2017
* Cultural Learning Alliance Ebacc evidence and briefings

Other news articles

More music needed in Australian classrooms after 20-year decline, May 2019
Dr Anita Collins wants the curriculum to be updated to reflect the benefits of art and music education.
Govt sets deadline to make South Australia the nation’s leader in music education, November 2018
South Australian schools will lead the nation in music education by 2029 under a State Government plan to reverse what teachers say has been as a gradual slipping of SA’s standing.
Poorer children being priced out of music lessons, November 2018 and Poorer children priced out of learning to play musical instruments, November 2018
Chancellor urged to ‘urgently review’ music education, October 2018
Warning that the decline of music in schools could jeopardise the UK’s multi-billion-pound music industry.
Music education hubs in England struggle to attract older pupils, October 2018
The drop in those aged 14 to 18 was revealed in a report on English music education hubs by Birmingham City University.
Record numbers in England learning instruments in class thanks to music hubs, October 2018
New report shows more than 700,000 pupils in England are benefiting from whole class instrumental teaching.
Music project brings harmony to Gwynedd schools and homes, July 2018
Bacc for the Future gets heard in Parliament, July 2018
MU launches four surveys as part of new UK music education research project, July 2018
Call for new national body to save music education services in Wales, June 2018
Rap tutorials help troubled Scots school pupils turn the page, June 2018
Why the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra continues to invest in music education, June 2018
Top musicians unite in bid for all children to learn an instrument, May 2018
How to improve school results: not extra maths but music, loads of it
The story that broke about music teacher Jimmy Rotheram, head Naveed Idrees and Feversham Primary’s journey from special measures to being in the top 10% nationally.
News consortium forms to address crisis in music education
It features four of the UK’s main access-to-music organisations – Creative United, OHMI, Drake Music and OpenUp Music – who want to make musical instruments more widely available to aspiring young musicians – particularly to disabled people.

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