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The death of music?

The death of music?

head of the last night of the Proms, we should pause to reflect among the festivities. Wind back a few centuries and Britain was derided abroad as the “land without music”. Since then Britain brought The Beatles, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Adele. Who will be next?

It would be a national tragedy to say no one, but that is increasingly possible.

The death of music?

Music has been drained from our state schools. Slashed budgets, fewer specialist teachers and a growing focus on STEM subjects have relegated music education to the sideline. Research by the University of Sussex in 2018 found that there were 15.4 per cent fewer centres offering A-level music compared to 2016; it found that many schools were abandoning music as a curriculum subject altogether. 

The English Baccalaureate did not help; it’s a combination of subjects – English, maths, sciences, history or geography and a language – designed by the Department for Education to “future proof” young people. The Department’s aim is for 90 per cent of students to be taking EBacc subjects for GCSE by 2025. But by ghettoising the arts from other subjects, the EBacc reinforces the perception of music as an optional extra: an unnecessary luxury. 

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