I finally had the opportunity to read the National Plan for Music on a commute this afternoon. I’ve extracted some points that particularly grabbed me as being interesting in that, for me, lacked real precision. Some are just interesting and made me think. I’ll reflect on them more fully as the week goes on. I’ll update this as I keep reading.
“Teachers will have wide freedom in how they will teach music in schools, but all schools should provide high quality music education as part of a broad and balanced curriculum.” (7) I’m still not sure what is meant by a ‘high quality music education; does anyone know?.
“Music technology used to enable, deliver, support and extend the good teaching of music.” (7) Does this intimate that ICT is now essential and must in the teaching of music?
“All schools should provide high quality music education as part of a broad and balanced curriculum.” (9) “Although many teachers in schools (particularly secondary schools) are music specialists, they may not have the expertise to develop pupils’ skills across a range of instruments or experiences. This is where the role of hubs is so crucial in liaising with schools in order to provide teaching and progression routes for those children who need provision beyond what individual schools can offer.” (10) This suggests class teachers are not equipped to offer a broad curriculum to the same standard; I’d like to propose there are indeed teachers who can, but do agree also that combining the skills of a variety of music professionals would ensure all experiences are of a good standard.
More to come…