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Worth the wait? The National Plan for Music Education in England

Following is my summary of the NPME, written for Music Education UK magazine and website. The full piece includes comments from practitioners and authorities on music education, including school teacher Jackie Schneider, education consultant David Price, music/culture/education campaigner Marc Jaffrey and representatives from Youth Music, Sound Sense, and many other organisations working in music with young…

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Seven tips for advocating what music means to your school

If you’re a music teacher, trying to keep up with all the changes in education is one thing.  Making sure what’s going on in your music lessons and activities is noticed and valued is probably one of those ‘to dos’ at the bottom of an ever-increasing list. There are lots of rumblings about the need…

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Promoting 21st century skills: education in Wales

Great blog by David Price about the different path that’s been taken in policy making and school regulation in Wales. And a striking example of students leading music learning from Willows High School.

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Apocalypse now for music education in Wales and England?

Music education in many places in Wales is in a dreadful state, and the situation doesn’t seem likely to improve any time soon. The Welsh Assembly Government’s long-awaited music education review was published six months ago now, and yet very little’s happened since. You can read more about this in my article (Music education in…

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Wales: a land with less music?

Amid all the discussion and debate about the review of music education in England, there was also a review here in Wales. It was published, somewhat quietly, by Welsh Assembly Government some months ago – see my previous post, Wales’ music education review. I spoke to two of the people who were behind the original…

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England’s music education review – cause for celebration?

The Henley Review of Music Education in England and the government’s response were published last week. The headline news was that the government has promised one more year of ring-fenced funding for music, including local authority music services (who provide instrumental tutors to school, and run orchestras and other ensembles for students). But it also…

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Wales’ music education review – it’s all gone quiet over here

I’m really baffled that no-one’s reporting or blogging about the Welsh Assembly Government’s review of music education. As far as I can see there was no official press release, there have been no reports in the main newspapers in Wales, and I’ve not found anything online except for a few short articles in the TES…

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Wales’ music education review – in short

Here’s a very short summary of the recommendations of the Review of Music Education for 3-19 year olds, and the Welsh Assembly Government’s response. For the full documents see the Written statement – review of music education for 3-19 year olds. Although the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) has accepted the vision contained in the report,…

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Welsh Assembly release review of music education

The Welsh Assembly Government’s Music Education Review, which was completed in May, has now been published – see the notice and downloads on the the Assembly’s website and my previous post. I’ll be writing an article for Sounding Board, Sound Sense’s magazine which will be published early next year, so if you’re a practitioner based…

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