Monthly Archives: October 2010

My response to the Henely Review into the funding and delivery of music education

There has been considerable debate amongst the music education community about the Henley Review into music education. Here is my response (which I hope you find interesting). I have focused primarily on the funding and delivery questions, as requested, but hope I have made a strong argument for a type of music education that all our children deserve. To that end, I hope it will stimulate Mr Henley to at least critically challenge and engage with the some of the assumptions that Mr Gove set around the review.

I encourage you all to make your own individual and corporate responses. I maintain that there is a lot still to be won. The deadline is the 1st November.

My ‘Review’ of the Henley Review and Gove’s Assumptions

I’ve noted, with interest, the various musical bodies and associated individuals from around the UK as they have made their initial response to the Henley Review of the Funding and Delivery of Music Education. Many of these have been overtly positive in their tone, seeing the review as a tremendous opportunity for music education. Well, excuse me at this point, but I don’t see it quite like that.

First of all, let me say loudly and clearly that I desperately hope that the following analysis is wrong and far from the mark. Nothing would make me happier than to be proved wrong on all accounts. Continue reading