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Trinity Laban joins call for more support for music education

Open letter to Sunday Telegraph says there are "significant problems" in industry

Trinity Laban Chair, Lord Lipsey, and Principal, Professor Anthony Bowne, joined other senior music arts and education figures in a call for more music education for the country’s young people.

An open letter printed in the Sunday Telegraph (Sunday 23 November 2014) says significant problems with teacher training, funding and progression opportunities are hampering access to music education.

The letter goes on to say: “Music has proven benefits for children – building confidence, teamwork and discipline, and encouraging improvements in literacy and numeracy.

“However, music can easily be undervalued in an already crowded curriculum – a situation worsened by the lack of attention paid to it in regular Ofsted inspections.”

Andrea Spain, Assistant Director of Music at Trinity Laban, said: “This is why Trinity Laban is taking a lead in teacher development as part of our work to widen participation in music education.

“We have been actively involved in bringing music to the children and young people of South East London for over 10 years, and we are supporting teachers to address Ofsted concerns through our Teach Through Music partnership.”

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