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1. To provide every young person with first access to a range of music experiences

Music is part of young people's lives from their earliest days: they are surrounded by music in their homes and nursery schools; they hear music played on CDs, the television and radio.

For some, there are also opportunities to make their own music during the Foundation Stage of their schooling or through projects such as Sure Start and Youth Music's First Steps programme.

For many young children their first active engagement with music-making will be through the statutory National Curriculum and its delivery in schools. The National Curriculum entitles all children aged 5-14 to a music education which includes opportunities to play musical instruments, to sing, to listen and appraise, to compose and perform.

To deliver a sound foundation for music education we are committed to the following priorities that will support and build upon early years activities:

  • We believe that, over time, every primary school child should have opportunities for sustained and progressive instrumental tuition, offered free of charge or at a reduced rate. The OFSTED report,'Tuning In', on the Wider Opportunities pilots (published 3rd March), provides first class models of delivery
  • As part of their statutory entitlement in schools, we believe that every child, including those with special needs, should have access to a wide range of high quality live music experiences and a sound foundation in general musicianship
  • We are committed to broadening the range and skills of teachers, support staff, artists and other adults so that they are able to work more effectively as music leaders in schools and in community and youth settings
  • We believe that a rich mix of teaching methods, genres and musical activities must be provided, both in and out of school hours
  • We will support the development of new partnerships between schools, LEAs and LEA Music Services, the community music sector and the music industry to ensure that this rich diversity of provision is available to all

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