Music education ‘risks being outdated by technology’

Too much music education does not reflect the reality of how young people engage with music, according to the inquiry from the Music Commission.It says there is a risk this “disconnect” means current teaching methods may become outdated.

The commission, led by key figures in contemporary music and set up by the Arts Council England and the Associated Boards of the Royal Schools of Music, says technology is evolving at a rapid rate.

The report says: “There is a danger that the “disconnect” between how young people use technology and music education may see current models of teaching rapidly becoming outdated.

“This is not about one replacing the other, but about bringing together the best in technology to work alongside and challenge acoustic music-making to create more relevant contemporary practice.”

The report also says that the focus of music education should be ensuring every child is supported to take music further.

A report by the Musicians’ Union last year suggested poorer children are being priced out of learning musical instruments.

Commission chairman, Sir Nicholas Kenyon, who is managing director of the Barbican, acknowledged there was a host of pressures on schools to meet academic targets.

He said: “People of all ages now learn and enjoy a hugely diverse range of music in many ways – at home, in classrooms, in communities and online.

“However, we’re concerned that too much music education does not reflect the realities of how young people engage with music.”


 
05/03/2019