Teachers warn of music ‘extinction’ at secondary school

Teachers warn of music ‘extinction’ at secondary school


norman lebrecht

March 09, 2017

A five-year survey of music teachers at some 700 schools across England suggests that, contrary to Government assurances, music is being wiped out at senior level.

The BBC reports:

Researchers, from Sussex University’s School of Education and Social Work, surveyed secondary music teachers at 657 state and 48 private schools across England over five years.

Staff at about 60% of the state schools specifically mentioned the EBacc as causing a negative effect …

The results show:
schools offering Music BTEC level 2 falling from 166 in 2012-13 to just 50 in 2016-17
and the number offering music GCSE falling by six percentage points – from 85% in 2012-13 to 79% in 2016-17

Full report here.


  • pooroperaman says:

    79% means ‘being wiped out’, does it? I think the Maths provision should be looked at, not the Music.

  • S says:

    So we’re breeding a generation of kids without ideas of beauty and creativity, only a sense of technological practicality. Will only private schools get the ‘luxury’ of this invaluable tradition — do we not care about culture anymore? This trend will mostly hurt the more impoverished, about whom so many silly people question why we bother teaching them things like music at all. Everyone seems to view education teleologically — he must learn programming because that is the future, or she must do biology as that will mean a good job. So we don’t teach music at certain schools, unless it’s an anorexic subject like music tech, because they’re not interested in being clarinet players, right?