Last Thursday, having read so many of the stories that are being sent to me about the state of music education in our schools today, I contacted my MP and asked for a meeting with her to discuss this issue.
To my surprise, her secretary got back to me within 24 hours and I was able to meet with my MP on Saturday. We spent the best part of one hour chatting through the issues. I summarised these under three main threats to music education. You can read my notes here. I was really impressed with my MP’s willingness to chat about these concerns and to think, proactively, about what we could do to mitigate them.
She has promised to undertake a number of actions in response to our meeting. I have supplied her with some further information to help with these. Whilst I don’t want to go into details here about what these are, I wanted to make it clear that I was seriously impressed by her passion and commitment to help this cause.
I know that we are all busy. But it is vital that we find time to argue the case for a music education for EVERY child with our policy makers. So, please contact your MP (you can find their details here) and do what you can to promote every child’s right to a music education. If we don’t ask, we definitely will not get.
(And for those of you who wondering, my MP is a member of the Conservative party but, as she said herself, she sits in the House of Commons to represent the views of all her constituents, not just those who voted for her).