More education jobs for music teachers could be created thanks to efforts by the government to ensure all young people have the chance to learn an instrument, read music and receive high quality music education.
Education secretary Michael Gove is keen to see this happening and has launched an independent review of music education that will explore, among other things, how to ensure music funding benefits more young people.
Darren Henley, managing director of Classic FM, will lead the review, which will also examine how to improve the training and professional development offered to music teachers.
According to Mr Gove, widening the access and opportunities for young people to experience and understand music is key to raising education standards.
He explained that "evidence suggests that learning an instrument can improve numeracy, literacy and behaviour" and added "it is simply unfair that the joy of musical discovery should be the preserve of those whose parents can afford it".
Meanwhile, Liberal Democrat MPs and delegates recently voted to campaign against the coalition's policies relating to free schools and academies.
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