[LATEST UPDATE: 10/2/2021] This post features links to the latest news about music education. It focuses mainly on the UK currently, and is categorised according to country. You can also visit our other pages on the latest reports, resources, campaigns and opinion articles. These pages are updated each time we add news about music in schools.
UK news (per country)
Music education news & reports (latest update 29/12/2020) – Alba / Scotland
Music education news & reports (latest update 2/12/2020) – Cymru / Wales
Music education news & reports (latest update 10/2/2021) – England
Music education news & reports (latest update 24/5/2019) – Northern Ireland
Music education in UK schools devastated by pandemic ISM survey finds, December 2020
Students will lose out emotionally and academically, say teachers, as lessons and concerts are cut back for all age groups.
Practising a musical instrument is good for your mental health, July 2020
A poll of 2,000 UK adults who play an instrument found a staggering 89 per cent think playing music keeps them mentally balanced.
UK royal schools of music exam board urged to address colonial legacy, July 2020
Research reveals 99% of pieces on ABRSM’s syllabuses were by white composers.
Violinist Nicola Benedetti slams “gross undervaluation of music teachers” in the UK, March 2020
The Grammy-winning virtuoso highlighted the country’s treatment of music teachers and shared a touching tribute to her first violin tutor.
Brexit’s chilling threat to the music and creative industries, February 2020
Adam Behr on the chilling effect the government’s Brexit and immigration policies are now having on the UK’s music scene.
Officials call Brexit “a disaster for the British music scene”, February 2020
Post-Brexit immigration “will cut the legs off the bottom half of the music industry,” under a new points-based system to be introduced in 2021.
The UK music industry boosts our economy and our wellbeing, January 2020
More must be done to protect grassroots venues, nurture the talent pipeline and ensure British talent isn’t stifled by the impact of Brexit, writes Conor McGinn MP.
Value of UK music rises to £5.2bn despite Brexit fears, November 2019
Employment hits an all-time high and Britney Spears delivers a boost to the Yorkshire and Humber economy.
Creativity ‘undervalued’ in music education, October 2019
System offers ‘no consistent progression routes’ for young composers, putting future of profession at risk, new survey suggests.
BBC launches music education campaign, September 2019
Bring the Noise is designed to inspire children to become musicians and discover the joys of music making.
New PM must support UK music industry and music education, July 2019
UK Music CEO, Michael Dugher, calls on the new PM to take swift action on a range of challenges facing the UK music industry.
Exchanging Notes research prompts a media flurry over ‘Stormzy vs Mozart’ debate, June 2019
See Music Education Reports England for links to the research
Discrimination against urban music persists in UK says report to MPs, March 2019
Institutionalised racism continues to affect the live sector, committee told.
Why the crisis in music education is a crisis for all, February 2019
Music teaching’s an easy target and first for the chop when budgets are squeezed. We investigate a misguided approach that will have catastrophic consequences for our culture.
Cultural sector continues to grow faster than the UK economy, December 2018
The economic output from the cultural sector is now just under £30bn, having grown by 7.3% in one year.
New research shows creativity will become even more important to the growth of jobs between now and 2030, November 2018
House of Lords debate on the state of music education in schools, October 2018
Music in society inquiry October 2018-March 2019
Research figures – related
Teaching music in school ‘ticking boxes’ as numbers fall in Wales, November 2018
The number of pupils in Wales studying music at A-level has halved in 10 years while GCSE entries have seen a 40% drop.
Drop in pupils getting music tuition in Scottish schools, November 2018
The number of children receiving musical instrument tuition in Scotland’s schools has dropped by more than 1,200 over the past year.
Music education in England at significant risk of disappearing, new University of Sussex research reveals, October 2018
Music disappearing from curriculum in England, October 2018
Fewer schools in England offering subject at A-level and fewer pupils taking it at GCSE.
Is EBacc affecting what students study at GCSE and A-level in England?, August 2018
Since 2013, the number of A-level entries in arts subjects in England, which include drama, music and art, has fallen by 14,000, almost 15%. While, entries in Stem subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths – have increased by 15,500, 6%.