Anyone that knows me will be aware of how much I value Music and how integral I feel it is that Music Education is part of the UK national curriculum.
It has been proven that Music and “The Arts” help children develop confidence, discipline, interpersonal skills, self-awareness and other key skills they need to progress in life.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying for one second that the kids that are playing for football teams or part of the chess club don’t develop these skills or indeed that are lesser people than their musical peers, but what I am saying is that, i wouldn’t be the person I am without music/ Music Education.
However, unfortunately, the current UK government fail to see the importance of the arts (namely Music). I, along with many of my fellow Musicians, find this disgusting. Across the country, Music departments at all levels (KS2 & KS3) are having their funding cut and therefore having to either cut costs, thus leaving them short staffed or (to my heartbreak) shut down altogether.
This now means that children at key stages of their development, at the ages in which they begin to discover who they are as individuals, are not being given the opportunities to either unlock or develop their talent.
Can you imagine being in school seeing all your friends being GOOD or even GREAT at something like poetry or football and having the ability to go to a club dedicated to those talents and then there’s you. You know you’re good at music but you also see that your school doesn’t have a music department or any clubs or 1-1 lessons. I for sure would’ve been lost without my school’s Music department, lord knows I’d be lost without Music full stop.
So, on that note – this was an open letter to the Uk government from a musician and aspiring Music Educator who lays here at 2:30 in the morning, not being able to sleep out of his disgust and heartache at the lack of respect and value that his profession is being shown by his countries leaders.
Theresa May, and colleagues… please STOP and see what you’re doing, you are suffocating something amazing and soon, there is going to be nothing left, please, I beg you, stop…
A distraught musician.