ISM report highlights devastating impact of COVID-19 on music education

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The ISM has published a ground-breaking report entitled ‘The heart of the school is missing’, which looks at the devastating impact of COVID-19 on music education in our schools across the UK. Most shocking is the discovery that almost 10% of primary and secondary schools are not teaching class music at all, even though it is a requirement of the curriculum…

The key findings include:

  • 68% of primary school and 39% of secondary school teachers stating that music provision is being reduced.
  • Extra-curricular activities are no longer taking place in 72% of primary schools and 66% of secondary schools this academic year.

You can read the full report here. The evidence from the report is clear, COVID-19 threatens to further erode music education in the UK.

You can read a blog reflecting on the report’s findings written by the Incorporated Society of Musicians’ Chief Executive, Deborah Annetts, here

The Guardian have picked up on the report and have published the following article: Music education in UK schools devastated by pandemic, survey finds

On the back of this report from the ISM and UK Music’s Music by Numbers 2020 Report from last month (read more here), MIA Board Chair, Steven Greenall, has written to The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. His letter highlighted how the reduction of music in schools is not only impacting students and teachers, but also MIA members and the wider music industry.

Here’s a copy of the letter: 

MIA - Secretary of State BEIS

Going forward, the ISM will continue to argue that a broad and balanced curriculum must be delivered in all schools, whatever their status, across all four nations of the UK. Part of that broad and balanced curriculum must be music. The MIA will continue to support and work with the ISM.