About 18 months ago, I issued an invitation to any music teacher to write to me and share their story of what was happening to Music in their school. I received 42 responses that you can read here.
Over the last week I have had two journalists and two teachers make enquiries about these. But given that they reflected the state of music education in our schools a while ago, I’d like to re-issue the invitation to you all. Please email me your responses to the following questions, together with anything else that you’d like to add:
1. What is happening to Music at Key Stage 1, 2 or 3? Are there any changes in the number of hours for teaching Music, how it is arranged across the curriculum or integrated within other curriculum structures (e.g. on a carousel with other subjects, through topic/thematic work), etc?
2. What is happening to Music at Key Stage 4 (and 5 if applicable). Again, any changes in courses (are some courses being dropped), the hours you have allocated for teaching the courses, the options system at the end of Year 8 or Year 9, etc?
3. What, if any changes, to the staffing of Music in your school during the last 18 months?
4. Anything else you’d care to comment on relating to Music and its provision in your school?
In your email, please tell me if you’d like to remain anonymous (or not). Unless told otherwise, I won’t be publishing your name and school.
Thanks – and do pass this invitation around to any other colleagues who may be interested in contributing something to this simple snapshot about the state of play in secondary school music education today.