Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians said: ‘The Musicians’ Union’s research only adds to the mounting concerns regarding music education in the UK and simply echoes what the ISM has been saying for quite some time. As the ISM stated recently on BBC Radio 3 Music Matters (3 November) music education is at huge risk of disappearing. The recent University of Sussex research, published on 10 October, showed an increasing number of schools reducing or completely removing music in the curriculum for year 7, 8 and 9 students, resulting in some schools now not offering music as a curriculum subject and in others taught only on an ‘enrichment day’ once a year. The EBacc in particular was named as specifically as having a negative impact on the provision and uptake of music in schools (within and beyond the curriculum) with some schools discouraging top set students from taking music at KS4 because of the EBacc, whilst in others lower ability students were prevented from taking music so they could concentrate on core subjects. The Musicians’ Union is right when they say every child should have the opportunity to access music, regardless of their background. They are restating the words of Michael Gove, who in 2010 said, “All young people should have the chance to learn an instrument, read music and receive top quality music education.” Therefore we urge the Government to urgently review their EBacc policy.’


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