More children than ever are learning to play music, report finds4:38, 13th December 2017
Research has revealed that more children than ever are learning to play music, but few are advancing beyond ‘beginner’ level.
Researchers at Birmingham City University conducted a nationwide online survey and a series of interviews with music education leaders to explore the state of music provision in English schools during the 2015/16 academic year.
They found that 460,000 schoolchildren learnt how to play a musical instrument for the first time last year, following a recent boost in government funding, and that the majority of musical learning takes place in Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3.
However, although the number of schoolchildren learning to play music for the first time is at an all-time high, only 4% of learners are reaching intermediate level and just 2% are reaching advanced level.
The research was funded by Arts Council England and commissioned by MusicMark. Click here to view the report. (https://www.musicmark.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/WCET-Report-FINAL-141117.pdf)