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Music: Education

Volume 508: debated on Monday 29 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage participation in specialist instrumental or vocal tuition amongst (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils in maintained schools. (313771)

[holding answer 28 January 2010]: The standards fund music grant to local authorities has, since 2006-07, included a formula-based allocation for children to be given the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and/or receive specialist vocal tuition at key stage 2. The allocation of an extra £23 million a year since 2007-08, along with our strong guidance to local authorities to focus efforts on reaching 100 per cent. of the key stage 2 population, has had a significant impact on widening access to instrumental and vocal tuition. In addition, Sing Up, the national singing programme, has received £10 million a year from 2007 to provide resources and professional development for teachers to lead singing in primary schools. While support has focused on widening access to instrumental and vocal tuition for primary school pupils, “Tune In—Year of Music” was launched last September and this initiative is promoting musical activities across the country for 0 to 19-year-olds.