Music education is being ‘lost’ in schools

Sep 21, 2018

In a recent feature with BBC Newsbeat, Mercury Prize winning band Wolf Alice said they wouldn’t be a band now if they hadn’t had access to music education at school.

Talking to reporter Sinead Garvan, singer Ellie Rowsell said:

“We’re losing it. I don’t know where I would be without those kind of advantages,”

“I did music for GCSE but I also reaped the benefits of extra-curricular things which were provided in my local community for free.”

The most recent briefing paper from the Cultural Learning Alliance echoes this sentiment and reaffirms the importance of music education in schools:

The arts in schools aren’t just an extra-curricular embellishment. They are where pupils from all backgrounds find new ways of expressing themselves and of understanding the world. The arts are what distinguish human beings from robots. And now is precisely the time when we need to be giving them more, not less, emphasis

Many young people come to music or dance or drama or art because of what happens in their school. A teacher spots a spark of talent. They chivvy and nudge and quietly inspire. This matters especially to the child from abackground  where such activities rarely feature – where classical music, challenging drama, ambitious dance, unorthodox art and design would never otherwise be encountered.

At a time where the arts and creativity seem absent from the national curriculum, RIO works on behalf of Arts Council England in the South West to connect organisations all across the region, supporting them to deliver excellent cultural education for children and young people. Interested in hearing more? Get in touch with us here or subscribe to our Cultural Education Newsletter to learn more about our work and opportunities in the region, as well as new insights, learning and opinion from sector leaders and innovators.