Very recently, Darren Henley published an expansive report on the state of music education in the United Kingdom. It’s definitely worth a read, if you can spare the time. In the report, Mr. Henley makes several observations that parallel the current situation in the United States, and makes several recommendations that would be worth investigating on this side of the pond.
This is a fairly expansive report, so I’ll be reviewing it section by section.
In section 1.10, Henley states:
…in nearly all of the verbal evidence sessions undertaken as part of this Review, which quickly began to sound like a rather unsatisfactory weather forecast. I was told time and time again that Music Education in England was ‘good in places, but distinctly patchy’…
Where Music Education is delivered at its best, money from central government and Local Authorities is harnessed together alongside imaginative use of school budgets and exciting collaborations with arts organisations. The best Music Education comes about through partnership; no one teacher, performer, school, organisation, group or body has all of the requisite skills to deliver every part of arounded Music Education to every child.