… music was not good enough in almost two-thirds of primaries and secondaries. A quarter of schools had inadequate standards of music teaching – Ofsted’s worst possible rating.
Inspectors warned that lessons were “dominated by the spoken or written word, rather than by musical sounds”, with “too much focus on talking or written exercises”.
Sir Michael Wilshaw, the chief inspector, said: “‘Inspectors looking at music teaching in nearly 200 schools saw quality ranging from outstandingly good to extremely poor. Too often, inspectors simply did not see enough music in music lessons.
“Too much use was made of non-musical activities such as writing without any reference to musical sound…
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The report is from 2012. Has much changed?