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THE PANDEMIC AND MUSIC EDUCATION

THE PANDEMIC HAS LED TO A FURTHER REDUCTION IN SCHOOLS’ MUSIC. WE MUST FIGHT FOR ITS IMPORTANCE.


It is ironic that this is the first Arts People blog for two years; during the time elapsed, we have been establishing our business and then coping with the challenges of the pandemic. Like so many others, our focus has been on the day to day. Compromises have been made. For our colleagues in school, it has been much tougher: of our own tutors, the majority are currently not working and, whilst their incomes from teaching are relatively safe, they are not currently able to earn from playing – a loss not only of money, but of purpose and enjoyment. For teachers and other school staff, the relentless tyranny of constant disruption and the requirement to support students at home has been exhausting. In all of this, music teaching has suffered.


In our previous blogs, we wrote of the pressures on music and art in English schools from the skew in league tables and testing. We explored the decline in curriculum time given to the arts. Nevertheless, we expressed optimism about the future. We are worried that that the pandemic has set back the potential for progress.