Children in the UK have a rich history of playing music and enjoying the wider benefits it has on learning and wellbeing. However, cultural education has undergone dramatic changes over the last decade. Most significantly, is the declassification of music as a core subject in secondary school, reduced public spending on cultural education and an increase in time-poor teachers and stressed children.
Research from Arts Council England and Cultural Learning Alliance also found:
- Students from low income families that take part in arts activities are 3 times more likely to gain a degree
- Students who study arts subjects are more employable and more likely to stay in employment than those than those from other disciplines
- Levels of wellbeing are generally reported to be higher amongst those with higher arts and culture engagement
- Taking part in structured music activities improves attainment in maths, early language acquisition and early literacy
- Participation in structured arts activities increases cognitive abilities
How is Musical Futures part of the solution?
We want more music making in schools – and the tried-and-tested Musical Futures approach gets young people making and creating music, regardless of their background.
Musical Futures is a pedagogical approach that is based on the real-world learning practices of popular and community musicians. At its heart are a set of core values and an ethos to underpin any music learning context in order to ensure an inclusive, relevant and accessible approach.
We support teachers, schools, music education hubs and other organisations to implement the Musical Futures approach by providing face-to-face training and consultancy, developing new resources and looking after a growing community of practice.
Read about the impact of Musical Futures here