The Department of Music at City, University of London is pleased to host a wide-ranging public debate on pressing issues relating to music education at all levels, from primary through tertiary.
This event brings together a panel of leading professionals, academics and other experts, in dialogue with responses and questions from current students and sixth-formers.
Music education in the UK is regularly in the news at present. A panel of musicians and educationalists has been drawn up by schools minister Nick Gibb to devise a model curriculum for classroom music covering Key Stages one to three (up to the age of 14), though their report has been delayed.
Other issues which have received public attention include provision or otherwise of music teaching in state schools, with notable regional variation in this respect; the styles, genres and traditions of music which are perceived to be most important to teach in a multicultural society; the importance or otherwise of musical notation and other traditional core musical skills; the dangers of abusive or bullying relationships between instrumental and vocal teachers and students in a one-to-one teaching relationship, especially in elite musical institutions; and the purpose and viability of music as a subject at tertiary level and the relationship between this and primary and secondary provision.