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Research Fuels Call on Scottish Government to Revise Teaching Policy

Scottish Charity, the Music Education Partnership Group (MEPG), points towards research that singing is no more risky than talking, and calls on the Scottish Government to revise their current position on singing, brass and woodwind teaching.

Published: 16 November 2020 | 12:00 AM Updated: 28 April 2021 | 4:31 PM
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We have become increasingly concerned at the lack of evidence surrounding the current position regarding the teaching of singing, brass and woodwind in schools in Scotland.

The research has been written up in the Herald Scotland, urging the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon to allow children to take part in music lessons like their counterparts in England.

MU Regional Organiser for Scotland & Northern Ireland welcomed the news:

“We welcome this research the Music Education Partnership Group as we have become increasingly concerned at the lack of evidence surrounding the current position regarding the teaching of singing, brass and woodwind in schools in Scotland.

“Currently, our members have been prevented from teaching and their students prevented from learning; putting them at risk of unfair disadvantage in terms of their progress. We hope that this research will go some way to informing discussions over the coming months.”

The research will be useful in further informing the MU’s discussions with the Scottish Government and Education Scotland moving forward.

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