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New Proposals for a National Music Service Released by the Fabian Society

The MU has worked with the Fabian Society, who have released the report today, recommending that Labour in Westminster creates a National Music Education Service for England.

Published: 04 August 2022 | 2:06 PM Updated: 04 August 2022 | 5:32 PM
Music teacher points at a score as a child looks and plays on a trumpet
Music education matters. It supports educational outcomes, improves health and wellbeing, and creates opportunities in growing sectors of the economy. Photo credit: Shutterstock

Chris Walters, MU National Organiser for Education described how the report aligns with several key issues of concern for the MU and how we look forward to further discussing them:

“The MU is delighted to have worked with the Fabian Society to offer a different vision for music education in this new report. While we welcomed many aspects of the Government’s updated National Plan for Music Education, we also expressed our concerns that the plan is non-statutory and under-funded, and that it ignores the poor terms and conditions faced by many visiting teachers. This report offers a better alternative in these areas and others.

“We are pleased that the report aligns with several key issues of concern for the MU: fair and equitable conditions for the workforce, how we can fix the current postcode lottery of provision, and how we can ensure that underrepresented groups are better served and represented in music education. A series of practical policy recommendations address these points, which we fully support.

“The report was written in consultation with a range of voices from the music education sector, and I would like thank the Fabian Society and author Ben Cooper for the work that they have put into it. We look forward to discussing the report’s ideas with MU members and policy makers.”

Making the case for a new National Music Education Service

The report, published by the Fabian Society with contributions from the MU, sets out how:

Music education matters. It supports educational outcomes, improves health and wellbeing, and creates opportunities in growing sectors of the economy.

But many young people in England are being denied access to good music education: in schools, there is reduced access to statutory provision and it is now often taught in rotation with other arts subjects.

Our new report makes the case for government to introduce a National Music Education Service. It also puts forward a number of recommendations for government to restore high-quality music education as a core learning entitlement which every child can access.

You can download and read the full report on the Fabian Society website.

Proud of our contribution to this welcome report

MU General Secretary Naomi Pohl welcomed the report:

The Fabian Society is an independent left-leaning think tank and a democratic membership society, dedicated to new public policy and political ideas.

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