A panel of experts to shape the future of music education



A team of experts has been assembled to help shape the future of music education so that all students have the opportunity to sing, learn a musical instrument, and make music with others, a the government announced today (Friday August 6).

The new expert advisory group will help produce a new National Plan for Music Education (NPME) next year. The plan will be informed by the music education consultation report released today, which found that studying music can have a positive impact on the well-being, confidence and communication skills of young people.

The panel is made up of teachers, leaders of the Music Education Hub, representatives of the music industry and other experts in music education, including representatives of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, UK Music, as well as Darren Henley, Managing Director, Arts Council England (ACE), of which the independent Review of Music Education in England informed the original NPME.

The new NPME, co-edited by the Department of Education and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports, will build on the current plan which has seen the creation of the national network of music education centers, who support the delivery of music education in schools across the country.

Schools Minister Nick Gibb said:

Having the opportunity to learn and play musical instruments is rewarding and fulfilling. Like many others, I wish I had had a more solid musical education and had had more opportunities to play instruments during my time at school.

This is why we want all schools to have a rigorous and broad music curriculum, which inspires their students to love music, and the new panel will play a vital role in achieving this by informing the new National Plan for Music Education.

Their rich experience will be extremely valuable for the future of music education, helping to inspire a new generation of musicians in this country.

Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage said:

I am delighted to have such a brilliant team of music industry experts to support this update of the National Plan for Music Education.

The expertise of the panel will guide us to ensure that young people of all backgrounds have access to an exceptional musical education. This will not only benefit the well-being of the students, but will also help develop the pipeline of people participating in our wonderful cultural and creative sectors.

The appointment of the panel, chaired by Veronica Wadley (Baroness Fleet), follows a government consultation on music education that found that studying music can have a positive impact on well-being, confidence and communication skills of young people.

Panel chairperson Veronica Wadley said:

I am delighted to chair an exceptional panel of advisors who I know will make a great contribution to the renewed NPME – and help shape the future of music education.

It is so important that every child and young person, regardless of background and region, has the opportunity to learn to sing and play a musical instrument, not only improving concentration, self-confidence and skills. academic results, but also increasing the expectations of what they can achieve in all areas of their lives.

Panel member YolanDa Brown said:

Music is powerful, it gives joy, hope, escape and more. I believe that every child and every young person should have the opportunity to access and experience music without barriers, from the most diverse composers and genres.

I am honored to be part of the NPME Advisory Board, made up of passionate people who, like me, want something special for young people across the country on their music education journey.

UK Music Managing Director Jamie Njoku-Goodwin said:

Music education is vitally important, not only because of the enormous role it plays in enriching the lives of so many children, but also because of the immense cultural, social and economic contribution that it plays in enriching the lives of so many children. ‘she brings to our country.

We look forward to contributing to a new national plan that will give students from all walks of life the best possible opportunities and recognize music as one of our greatest national assets.

The panel will work with the DfE and DCMS to ensure that the updated plan supports the government’s goals for all young people to have access to high-quality music education and opportunities to explore music as far. where their interests and talents permit.

The government also released the response to the consultation on music education today, which will help inform the updated NPME, to be released next year.

The panel will be composed of:

  • Veronica Wadley (Baroness Fleet) (Chair) – Co-Founder and Chair of the London Music Fund, Board Member of the Royal College of Music, School Governor Yehudi Menuhin and Chair of the Music Curriculum Model Expert Panel
  • Bridget Whyte – CEO, The UK Association for Music Education – Music Mark
  • Carolyn Baxendale MBE – Head of Music Department at Bolton (Greater Manchester Music Education Center)
  • Catherine Barker – Head of Music and Performing Arts, United Learning and President-Elect, Association of Music Teachers
  • Darren Henley – Managing Director, Arts Council England (ACE)
  • David Stanley BEM – CEO and Founder, The Music Man Project and UK Government Arts and Culture Ambassador for Disabled People and Access
  • Ed Watkins – Music Director, West London Free School
  • Jamie Njoku-Goodwin – Managing Director, British Music
  • Jonathan Badyal – Communications Manager, Universal Music UK
  • Naveed Idrees OBE – Director of Feversham Primary Academy
  • Phil Castang – Director of Creative Learning and Engagement, Bristol Beacon and Chairman of the Music Education Council
  • Sarah Alexander OBE – Executive Director and Artistic Director, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
  • Simon Toyne – Executive Director of Music, David Ross Education Trust
  • Dr Steven Berryman – Director of Arts, Culture and Community, for the Odyssey Trust for Education
  • YolanDa Brown – Musician / Broadcaster


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