While snowed in the other week (and by ‘snowed in’ I mean just staying inside because it looked cold outside) I came across this article, and these are my, albeit brief, thoughts:
A decline in music in schools means a decline in the quantity and quality of audiences and musical outputs, irrespective of the context.
Although increasing funding won’t solve the issues regarding how—or indeed what—music is taught it will enable more children to access effective music education. Also, I think the definition of ‘poorer’ children in this context can meaningfully be extended to ‘many’ children; how many parents have an extra £80–£150+ to spend a month on private music tuition? Very few I would think.
Musical training of this nature—and by that, I mean one-to-one tuition or small group tuition—is an opportunity and service that should be, where possible, funded (or at least heavily subsidised) by the state. Predominantly because I don’t believe its value is easily understood or translatable into a free market domain.