New figures published by the Department for Education (DfE) (Friday 3 June) show a drop in entries for GCSE and A level music.
The overall entry for GCSEs in England increased from 4,916,000 in 2015 to 4,929,000 in 2016.
In the same period, GCSE music saw a decline of 3% and A-level music saw a drop of 8%.
Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), the professional body for musicians and music educators said:
‘These figures are deeply concerning and show that the new EBacc proposals are already undermining the take up of music in our schools.