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Ensuring the Future of Music Education in England

Added to website 05/03/2024. Updated 06/03/2024.

Music Mark has announced the development of six calls to action which will be presented to all political parties ahead of the UK election this year. The purpose of the six calls to action is to make the case to any new UK government that it should prioritise music education, understand its value and appreciate the positive impact music can have on health, wellbeing, academic achievement, and soft skills.

As a leading advocate for music education, Music Mark recognises the vital role that music plays in the development and well-being of individuals and communities. Therefore, Music Mark has developed six calls to action, which were formed in consultation with the Music Mark membership and the wider Music Education sector, for all political parties to commit to during the next parliamentary term: 

  1. Government investment must be sustained and keep pace with both its ambition and inflation. 
  2. Music Education must be understood, valued and financially supported by stakeholders in all schools. 
  3. There must be a universal understanding that music education does not start at 5 or finish at 18. 
  4. Priority must be placed on the recruitment and retention of classroom music teachers. 
  5. Instrumental & Vocal Teachers must be recognised, valued and be an integrated part of the education workforce.  
  6. Government must work with the Commercial Music Industry to co-invest in musical learning. 

It is essential that all political parties recognise the value of music education and commit to supporting these calls to action for the benefit of current and future generations.”


Bridget Whyte, CEO, Music Mark 

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Music Mark

We are a membership organisation, Subject Association, and an Arts Council England Investment Principles Support Organisation (IPSO) advocating for excellent musical learning in and out of school.