Around 100 schools across the UK will receive the music notation software that helps users write, print and play back music to a high professional standard.
In return, the schools will be asked to produce a short piece of music using the software, which will be compiled into a longer, collaborative piece to be performed at a special concert later in the year.
Music education ‘could face extinction’
To back up the campaign, Steinberg cites research produced by the University of Sussex‘s School of Education and Social Work, which states that unless concerted action is taken, music education in Secondary schools ‘could face extinction’.
The research surveyed Secondary music teachers at 657 state and 48 private schools across England over five years. Staff at about 60% of the state schools specifically mentioned the EBacc as causing a negative effect on the provision and uptake of music at their school.
Furthermore, at a time when data released by the government highlights how the creative industries are contributing in the region of £92 billion to the economy, the research shows a declining number of schools with compulsory classroom music lessons for students aged 13-14, with figures reaching just 62%.
#ComposeWithDorico – getting involved
Steinberg spokesperson, Daniel Spreadbury, said:
‘There’s a lot to gain from music and not just the enjoyment listening and playing brings. In fact, it’s proven that music can also help with improvements in language abilities and self-confidence as well as increasing concentration and empathy.
‘Despite all of this, music education is struggling. Lack of funding, governmental changes to the education system and a range of other factors have meant that music education is no longer seen as a priority, particularly when pitted against more traditional, core subjects.
‘We want to change that. That’s why we’re taking this decisive step to bring music back into education with this campaign.
‘Dorico is committed to supporting musicians at every level and we hope this campaign will not only spark the public’s imagination but get people making music together.’
To get involved in the #ComposeWithDorico campaign, please email Teresa@plus1comms.com.