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Music: Education

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will publish his response to the Ofsted report on Making More of Music. (256699)

We welcome this thorough analysis of music education which clearly shows what works in school music teaching and what does not. The report rightly illustrates how music can have much wider benefits to children and young people in terms of their engagement with education; their levels of self-esteem; and their progress across the whole of the national curriculum.

We will not be producing a written response to the report but will instead concentrate our efforts on continuing with our programme of work to make the most of the unprecedented funding that we have committed for music education—£332 million to 2011—and we will work with members of the Music Programme Board to address the recommendations that Ofsted makes.