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Music: Education

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of his Department’s progress towards achieving the five aims of the music manifesto. (196195)

The 2007 survey of music services estimated that 50 per cent. of Key Stage 2 pupils will be given an opportunity to learn a musical instrument, compared to 22 per cent. in 2006/07. To support the development of a world class workforce we contracted Open University and Trinity College to develop a training programme for classroom teachers and other professionals involved in music education. Over 1,000 people have so far enrolled in that training.

The Music Manifesto published a report “Making Every Child’s Music Matter” in October 2006. This report took stock of how music education in England had progressed since the launch of the Manifesto and made recommendations for further action by the Government and others involved in music education. In response to the recommendations in January 2007 we announced £10 million for a National Singing Programme. In November 2007 we confirmed a major new package of activity continuing funding for Sing Up (£10 million in each of the next three years) and a total investment in music education of £332 million over the next three years. Details of this can be found in the department’s press release at:

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much each local authority has spent on educational music services in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (196428)