Britain’s rich musical tradition cannot be denied. This was the country that gave the world The Beatles, Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Benjamin Britten, to name but a few. But where future generations of musicians, composers and singers will come from remains a subject for debate and, for some, notable concern.
This is because there are fears that music education has become, at worst, non-existent in many state schools. The subject is not listed in the government’s English Baccalaureate (EBacc), the league table measure that has become a key priority for ministers and which only contains traditional, academic subjects among its qualifying GCSEs.
But even putting that aside, there is a national shortage of specialist music teachers and less and less time is being devoted to the subject on school timetables.
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