New National Plan to shape the future of music education

To help reflect advances in technology in the way music is created, recorded and produced, and to reassess the music education young people benefit from at school, the Department for Education is inviting views from musicians, specialist teachers, young people and their parents about their experience and what they want to see in the National Plan for Music Education.

The plan will help level up opportunities for children from all backgrounds to take part in musical education, including the chance to learn how to play an instrument, perform in a choir or band, and develop a lifelong love of music.

We urge everyone to take part in this Call for Evidence in music education.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber said:

“Every child should have the right to free music education as a vital part of the school curriculum. Music is an empowering force for good.”

“I am very pleased that the Department For Education has taken on board the proven achievements of the Music In Secondary Schools Trust. Under its aegis, 8,000 children now have full access to music whereas before there was none. Parents report that their children now have pride in their accomplishments and that their self-esteem, confidence and self-worth have grown.”

“It has been proven to be the common denominator in schools where often over sixty languages are spoken. I passionately hope this is the beginning of seeing music back where it belongs as a central part of our schools’ curriculum.”