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Primary teachers to get music training under new proposals

28/11/2011 Kelly
Trainee primary teachers are set to study a new music teaching module under government plans to increase investment in music education.

As part of the first ever national music plan, The Importance of Music will give every child in England the opportunity to learn an instrument for a minimum of one term.

The In Harmony programme is also set to be rolled-out across the country in a bid to transform the way that music is delivered in schools.

Currently running in Liverpool, Norwich and London, the programme gives children from disadvantaged backgrounds intensive instrumental training while new 'music hubs' provide music education in partnership with local authorities' music services.

"The national plan for music will deliver a music education system that encourages everyone, whatever their background, to enjoy music and help those with real talent to flourish as brilliant musicians," said the education secretary, Michael Gove.

Inspired by a similar scheme in Venezuela, the aim of the programme is to offer all young people the chance to experience rich cultural opportunities alongside traditional education.

The new 'hubs' will come into operation from 2012, with the Department for Education (DfE) investing over £200 million across the next three years in the programme.

Other announcements made by the DfE for the national music plan include a new formula to ensure fair music funding throughout England on a per pupil basis.

The National Youth Music Organisations fund will also be boosted by £1 million per year, provided equally by both the DfE and the Arts Council.

Darren Henley, managing director of Classic FM and the author of the Review of Music Education in England, said that while carrying out the review, the constant message he heard was the need for an over-arching music strategy and the need to remove patchiness in provisions.

"The new national plan for music education is a major step towards tackling both these issues, helping to ensure that all children receive the best possible music education," he said.

Mr Henley added that throughout his review he met a lot of inspirational teachers who are changing children's lives and he is pleased the new plan recognises the importance of the work done by music teachers.

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