Music education ‘for a minority’

A piece of news on BBC News laments the fact that quality music education is lacking in a majority of schools and only a few of the children that could benefit from it actually have access to it.

The feature in question is here: Music Education ‘only for a minority’ – BBC News.

There are many angles to this. There is the issue of what the purpose of music education in schools is. Do you want to form competent music makers, or just develop an appreciation for music, or is it something else, or perhaps a combination of these things and perhaps others? In the overwhelming landslide of pop culture, do you stick to high art values (‘classical’ music) or try to use elements that are more familiar to the kids (pop music of the kind they more likely will have exposure to), do you try to develop an understanding of other musics in the world?

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