Music Education: only for the white and wealthy?

Soul of the School

Charlotte Gill’s recent article on the problems of inequality in music education (, in which she rails against music education as she perceives it, fits right in with a long tradition of thought which see itself as fighting a traditionalist status quo in the curriculum that holds our pupils back. Her perspective, however, lacks knowledge of the current trends in music education and as a result her article attacks a straw man.

For those of us who feel that true freedom comes about through gaining as much knowledge and procedural skill as possible it is a constant challenge to refute the idea that a grounding in the theoretical aspects of music are a barrier to creativity. There is, after all, no denying that you do not need notation or an academic music education to become a great musician. Equally notation can without doubt be limiting; I have regular…

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