Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

More children than ever are learning to play music, report finds

4:38, 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)

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