National Union of Teachers urges Gove for broader curriculum
27 April 2011
The National Union of Teachers (NUT), the largest teachers’ union in the UK, met in Harrogate for its annual conference on the 22-26 April. The NUT actively campaigns about a number of proposed changes in education and Christine Blower, general secretary of the NUT, argues that Gove’s ‘rather predictable pronouncements on adopting a curriculum which is based along traditional lines’ will not result in a ‘broad and balanced curriculum which should be at the heart of the schools’ agenda’. Blower adds that: ‘Creativity is critical to the “knowledge economy”. Not only are subject areas like art, music and drama important in themselves, they help children develop creativity and empathy. These are critical to a well-rounded education.’
The Education Select Committee is currently reviewing the national curriculum and English Baccalaureate and will soon publish its findings.
MT goes digital
20 April 2011
Music Teacher is now available on your iPad, iPhone and online in an all-new digital format. The new digital magazine is simple to download and use, and gives you MT’s inimitable coverage of the music education world whenever and wherever you need it. In addition, readers can click straight through to the Rhinegold shop to purchase the products, sheet music and books reviewed each issue with the minimum of fuss.
Composer takes the lead with the Incorporated Society of Musicians
20 April 2011
The ISM has announced that Paul Max Edlin will be its new president for 2011-12. The announcement was made during the ISM’s annual conference in April, where Edlin took over the role from Gavin Henderson. Edlin is a composer whose works have been performed both nationally and abroad by many leading artists. He also works as a conductor, trumpet player, and lecturer and has been an active member of the ISM since 1993. Paul said: ‘It is with the deepest pride that I take on this role. The ISM is an organisation which upholds one of life’s essential gifts and needs. I feel very privileged to be representing the ISM over this coming year, and I will do so with the hugest pride and an innate sense of value, duty and joy.’
RPS awards celebrate key music education programmes
12 April 2011
The annual Royal Philharmonic Society awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, are one of the most prestigious awards ceremonies in classical music. Shortlisted nominations have been announced, celebrating three major music education initiatives in the UK.
The RPS has shortlisted the following programmes for the Education Award: Sing Up, the National Singing Programme, Southbank Centre’s Bernstein Project, a 10-month celebration of Leonard Bernstein, and Glyndebourne’s Knight Crew, which placed young people and the community centre stage in a new commission by Julian Philips.
The awards commend outstanding achievements in each category of work during 2010 and the winners will be announced at the RPS Music Awards ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel on Tuesday 10 May.
Arts Council cuts affect music education
31 March 2011
Arts Council England (ACE) has announced its funding plans for 2011-2015, which will ensure that £10.5 million Lottery money per year is targeted at work with children and young people. This will be delivered through the new National Portfolio Organisations to a group of ‘Bridge’ delivery organisations who will work directly with schools and communities.
Plans for the National Portfolio, akin to the previously-termed Regularly Funded Organisations (RFO), will come into effect from April 2012. Following cuts from government, 206 existing RFOs will no longer receive funding, while 110 new organisations will receive funding. Overall, the number of organisations funded by the arts council has been cut from 849 to 695.
Some of the notable changes affecting music education include a 44% cut to Orchestras Live and a 9.1% cut to SoundLINCS, while Dartington Hall Trust and a number of borough councils appear to be among those who failed to qualify for funding. However, the Barbican, which oversees a substantial body of education projects through its LINK alliance, has been awarded a 108.7% increase in funding.
ACE has recognised the value of music education. Dame Liz Forgan, Chair of ACE, says that ACE will be ‘encouraging work that really enthuses children and young people – because that’s where it all begins.’
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